Published on February 20, 2014
Kristi Holmes Bioinformaticist Washington University in St. Louis Going beyond counts: understanding impact Webinar #LCwebinar
http://icts.wustl.edu/ Translational Research The bench to the bedside and beyond Webinar Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Why do we need to think about research impact? • Quantify and document research impact • Justify future requests for funding • Quantify return on research investment • • Discover how research findings are being used • • Identify similar research projects • Identify possible collaborators • Determine if research findings are duplicated, confirmed, corrected, improved or repudiated https://becker.wustl.edu/impact-assessment/model Going beyond counts: understanding impact • • • • • Determine if research findings were extended (different human populations, different animal models/species, etc.) Confirm that research findings were properly attributed/credited Demonstrate that research findings are resulting in meaningful health outcomes Discover community benefit as a result of research findings Progress reports Tenure Promotion dossiers Webinar Kristi Holmes
How do we think about productivity? Don’t knock publications • Citations – Rates and rankings – Networks – Dissemination patterns • • • • Collaboration Dissemination Grant funding Research trends Webinar http://www.philnel.com/2010/10/14/procrastigrading/ Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
…but there’s so much more! Webinar http://www.philnel.com/2010/10/14/procrastigrading/ Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Research Impact “It is no longer enough to measure what we can – we need to measure what matters.” So how do we measure what matters? Webinar Wells R, Whitworth A. 2007. Assessing outcomes of health and medical research: do we measure what counts or count what we can measure? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4:14 Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Going beyond the counts to find meaningful impact In everyone’s CV, we’ll find • Reviews • New funding awarded • New types of funding mechanisms • New research studies • Invited lectures, new focus areas at conferences • Membership on committees • Awards Consider specific pathways* to uncover meaningful impact… Advancement of Knowledge Clinical Implementation Legislation and Policy Enactment Economic Benefit Community Benefit *can be adapted to reflect any number of disciplines Webinar Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Going beyond the counts to find meaningful impact • New diagnostic criteria • • • • • • • • • http://icts.wustl.edu/ • http://icts.wustl.edu/ Going beyond counts: understanding impact New standard of care Curriculum guidelines Measurement instruments Continuing education materials Clinical/practice guidelines Quality measure guidelines Private healthcare benefit plans Cost-effective intervention Consensus development conferences American Medical Association Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes Change in delivery of healthcare services Webinar Kristi Holmes
Slide title https://becker.wustl.edu/impact-assessment Going beyond counts: understanding impact Webinar Kristi Holmes
The Becker Model • Provides a supplement to publication analysis to provide a more robust and comprehensive perspective of biomedical research impact. – reporting templates, glossary of resources and terms, examples of relevant indicators of impact across the research process, and readings • Straightforward framework for tracking diffusion of research outputs and activities to locate indicators that demonstrate evidence of biomedical research impact – individual, core, and institutional-level; modify for different disciplines • Guidance for quantifying and documenting research impact as well as resources for locating evidence of impact. • Strategies for enhancing the impact of research Webinar Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Strategies for enhancing the impact of research Optimizing discoverability and access of your research is the surest way to enhance its visibility and impact. The strategies focus upon Preparing for Publication, Dissemination, and Keeping Track of Your Research. Repetition, consistency, and an awareness of the intended audience form the basis of most the strategies. Suggestions for researchers and recommendations to reach out to their library for assistance. Webinar https://becker.wustl.edu/impact-assessment/strategies Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Understanding the impact of a single paper can be challenging. How do we understand the impact of a person? A research center? A university? How do we scale up and operationalize this process? Webinar Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Research networking and discovery systems • • • • • Enable more efficient means of collecting & representing meaningful outputs en masse Showcase achievements and expertise Facilitate diffusion of research products Support team-based science and collaboration Allow better understanding of the research enterprise – Peer comparisons – Strategic planning – Emerging trends Webinar Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
What is VIVO? 1. An open source semantic web application 2. An information model 3. An open community* * A big, welcoming OS community! Let us know if you have questions or need information, connections, or materials: http://vivoweb.org/contact Going beyond counts: understanding impact Webinar Kristi Holmes
Tying it all together Continue to represent typical profile information – absolutely! Enhance profiles by incorporating meaningful outputs, as described by the Becker Model or other frameworks, to enhance their content and value http://vivo.ufl.edu/display/n86607 Going beyond counts: understanding impact Can facilitate the dissemination of scholarship and more Webinar Kristi Holmes
Tying it all together PlumX supports VIVO 1. Aggregate information about our researchers 2. Harvest research outputs from the profile 3. Plum’s harvesting engine calculates metrics and provides both an analytics dashboard as well as visualizations. 4. Widgets can be embedded back into the VIVO profile! http://blog.plumanalytics.com/post/57707501083/plumx-now-supports-vivo Going beyond counts: understanding impact Webinar Kristi Holmes
Tying it all together http://vivo.ufl.edu/display/n86607 FigShare, lab notebooks, project outputs, code/data repositories SlideShare, etc. PlumX supports VIVO 1. Aggregate information about our researchers 2. Harvest research outputs from the profile 3. Plum’s harvesting engine calculates metrics and provides both an analytics dashboard as well as visualizations. 4. Widgets can be embedded back into the VIVO profile! Webinar http://blog.plumanalytics.com/post/57707501083/plumxnow-supports-vivo Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
Acknowledgements Thanks: • • • • Cathy Sarli, MLS, AHIP Karen Gutzman – NLM Fellow Jae Allen Washington University ICTS and WU ICTS Tracking & Evaluation Team • Andrea Michalek at Plum @amichalek • VIVO Community @VIVOcollab • Becker Medical Library Funding: • Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, NIH award UL1 RR024992 • VIVO - DuraSpace Webinar Going beyond counts: understanding impact Kristi Holmes
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