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Assessing research impact potential: Using the transdisciplinary Outcome Spaces Framework with NZ's National Science Challenges

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posted on 2024-06-21, 03:51 authored by Ronlyn Duncan, Melissa Robson-Williams, Dena Fam
Calls for science to have impact as well as excellence have been loud and clear from research funders, policymakers and research institutions for some time. Transdisciplinary research (TDR) is expected to deliver impact by connecting scientists with stakeholders and end users to co-produce knowledge to respond to complex issues. While New Zealand's science system is geared to deliver excellence, its capability to also deliver impact beyond academic institutions is less clear. This paper firstly presents findings from testing innovations to the TDR Outcome Spaces Framework (OSF+) with four National Science Challenges (NSCs). We conclude that OSF+ is a useful tool for planning for multiple outcomes and assessing the potential for impact. Secondly, it presents findings of how using OSF+ to assess research impact potential revealed a range of implicit theories of change (i.e. catalyst, deficit, engagement and collaboration) across the NSCs.

Funding

Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project The Collaboration Lab

History

Publication date

2019-01-07

Language

  • English

Does this contain Māori information or data?

  • No

Journal title

Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online

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