Measuring the impact of researchers career development actions
Why Measure Impact?
Why would it be useful for the different stakeholders to share a common impact framework project?
Member states (in many cases through the RFOs) have the opportunity to lead the researcher professional development impact analysis at the national level by providing with the necessary framework and tools to the different stakeholders in the country to have a common approach to measuring impact, thus benefiting from:
- Being able to monitor the progress of the C&C principles, including those relating to researcher professional development. Being able to monitor the impact of the European and national policies developed to support researcher career development.
- Leading the behavioural change required for research performing institutions to start offering measurable researcher professional development strategies.
- Identifying researchers´ skills gaps and strong points in the country and developing policies accordingly.
- Allowing researcher professional development benchmarking between countries.
A number of drivers can be identified for RPOs measuring impact of research development actions:
- Better tailor the strategies according to the gathered impact data.
- Secure funding and high level commitment towards researcher professional development based on evidence
- As practitioners, inform research funding organizations and government administrations of research career development needs.
- Use impact data on branding material of the institution, showing its commitment towards supporting professional development of researchers and proving its impact on researchers career
- Adjust doctoral training curricula and researchers training in general according to the impact data related to career tracking
Researchers have a leading role in successful professional development strategies. There is a general agreement that researchers need to take an active role and become responsible for developing their own professional development and careers. This implies there are a number of drivers for researchers supporting impact frameworks:
- By participating in evaluations of research development activities and strategies, researchers can influence future policies put in place after the evaluation of impact data.
- Assuming impact analysis in their own self–assessments researchers can monitor their own progress against their personal professional goals.