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Engagement and Impact

Research engagement is the interaction between researchers and research end-users outside of academia, for the mutually beneficial transfer of knowledge, technologies, methods or resources. To have real world impact research should be conducted in collaboration with others. ECU researchers should consider how they engage with researchers and research end users including the community, industry, academic and/or professional collaborators before, during and after the completion of all research to ensure relevance to real-world problems.

Effective engagement requires good communication and writing skills, an ability to collaborate with others and publish your research findings.  To have impact, research must make a contribution to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond simply a contribution to academic research.  This may be achieved through developing a better understanding of academic citation metrics as well as your research may contribute more broadly to society beyond traditional citation metrics such as how your research influences policy or improving practice.

How to use the framework

The advice in each competency below will help you to plan and track your progress according to your career stage and participate in training, mentoring and other activities. Discover strategies on how to;

  • learn and develop through experience (on the job);
  • learn and develop through others (mentoring, coaching, social networks); and
  • learn and develop through structured professional learning (training workshops and seminars, online modules, webinars, articles and other useful resources).

Visit the RPD@ECU training workshops and events calendar to access professional learning linked to the framework.

To discuss professional development opportunities, contact researcher.development@ecu.edu.au

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