The first reporting round of the Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment Framework concluded this week.
ACU submitted six research impact cases across health sciences, education, psychology, history, theology and studies in human society for the period 2011 to 2016; and eight engagement cases for the period 2014 to 2016 across ACU areas of research activity.
I am extremely grateful to the Research Engagement team (Stuart Whitman, Nicole Murphy and Emma Pegg) and researchers across the Faculties and Institutes who worked collaboratively to ensure that we submitted a high-quality case for Engagement and Impact. A huge effort from all involved.
The ARC Engagement and Impact framework seeks to evaluate both engagement with research end-users and the impact of our impact on the economy, society, culture and the environment. This assessment process reflects recent international developments such as those undertaken in the UK through their Research Excellence Framework and similar moves in Canada, that seek to assess how research is impacting the broader community beyond traditional academic output measures.
ACU has made considerable progress in recent years in our research ranking as measured by ERA. The ARC provides an opportunity to demonstrate how ACU researchers engage non-academic end-users to translate their research into specific real-world outcomes.
End-user engagement includes those mutually beneficial activities ACU researchers have undertaken with non-academic partners before, during and after research projects. These might include joint publications and events, cash and in-kind support, associate supervision of HDR students, the inclusion of end-users in the development of research protocols and activities, and the dissemination of research outcomes.
Some examples of ACU’s research impact highlighted in this year’s submissions include nurse-led interventions that have shown significant results in the care of patients with stroke, the ICPS Kids Central Toolkit embedding child-centred safety practices in the human services sector, the Plunkett Centre’s work informing advance care planning in the Catholic healthcare sector, an online survey supporting the health and well-being of school principals, and a pedagogical play framework and apps for early childhood learning.
All these projects have had national and in some cases international reach and can demonstrate benefits across their respective sectors in the evaluation period. The results of EI 2018 are expected to be published later this year or early next year.
The next reporting round is scheduled for 2021, and will cover the period 2017 to 2019 for Engagement and 2014 to 2019 for Impact. ACU Engagement looks forward to supporting ACU researchers across all schools and institutes to strengthen our mutual approaches to research engagement and impact planning, monitoring and reporting.
Professor Sandra Jones Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement
Atherton Arthouse - a fun community engagement opportunity for Melbourne staff
We are seeking staff volunteers to participate in a new art project alongside local primary school students from refugee backgrounds. These students come from predominantly low and very-low socioeconomic homes and recent community discussions have identified a need to support these children to continue to grow and flourish within the City of Yarra networks. As part of a response to this discussion, ACU Engagement are hosting 50+ children at the end of this month for an arts workshop, centered around the theme: “When I Grow Up”.
Your role will be to support the students to create a piece of art that responds to the day’s theme and to simply have fun! Children will have the option to have their art works exhibited on campus and the local community will be invited to view the work.
Where: Fitzroy Town Hall When: 6.30pm - 7.30pm, Thursday 2 August
In 2016, the Australian Census revealed that homelessness had increased to more than 116,000 people. The greatest factor in this increase is people born overseas, mainly from India, China, Afghanistan, Thailand and Taiwan. Most are in severely crowded dwellings, and in their twenties and thirties.
We know that there is a housing crisis, with only a handful of houses in the major cities affordable to people on low income. We know that becoming homeless is traumatic, and negotiating the homelessness system is complex. For people born overseas, without family or resources, and with language challenges, and for older women, who have fewer resources and lower incomes, homelessness is becoming more likely.
In recognition of Homelessness Week 2018 the Ewing Trust and Fitzroy Library are presenting a special event. Come along to hear from people who have lived experience of homelessness and from services committed to doing all they can to help them, in an increasingly challenging climate.
ACU Engagement is committed to ensuring that all ACU staff and students have the opportunity to make a contribution to their community that is feasible and meaningful to them, whilst meeting community needs in a way that is valuable and respectful.
For a full list of community engagement opportunities for staff you can visit our Workplace group. Be sure to become a member to stay up to date with future opportunities.
For more information, to register your interest for an opportunity, or if you are aware of more opportunities you think we should know about, please email us at email@example.com.