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Title: Impact assessment of the Centre for Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery.
Austin Authors: Ramanathan, Shanthi;Lynch, Elizabeth;Bernhardt, Julie;Nilsson, Michael;Cadilhac, Dominique A;Carey, Leeanne M ;Middleton, Sandy;Chamberlain, Jan;Walker, Frederick Rohan;Reeves, Penny;Searles, Andrew
Affiliation: Health Research Economics, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Locked Bag 100, New Lambton Heights, NSW, 2305
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
School of Medicine and Public Health, College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW, Australia
NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia
Occupational Therapy, School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport, LaTrobe University, Bundoora, VIC, Australia.
Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent's Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University, Darlinghurst, Sydney, Australia.
Stroke and Ageing Research, School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia.
Issue Date: 1-May-2023
Date: 2023
Publication information: Health Research Policy and Systems 2023
Abstract: Research impact is an emerging measure of research achievement alongside traditional academic outputs such as publications. We present the results of applying the Framework to Assess the Impact from Translational health research (FAIT) to the Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery (CRE-Stroke, 2014-2019) and report on the feasibility and lessons from the application of FAIT to a CRE rather than a discrete research project. Data were gathered via online surveys, in-depth interviews, document analysis and review of relevant websites/databases to report on the three major FAIT methods: the modified Payback Framework, an assessment of costs against monetized consequences, and a narrative account of the impact generated from CRE-Stroke activities. FAIT was applied during the last 4 years of CRE-Stroke operation. With an economic investment of AU$ 3.9 million over 5 years, CRE-Stroke delivered a return on investment that included AU$ 18.8 million in leveraged grants, fellowships and consultancies. Collectively, CRE-Stroke members produced 354 publications that were accessed 470,000 times and cited over 7220 times. CRE-Stroke supported 26 PhDs, 39 postdocs and seven novice clinician researchers. There were 59 capacity-building events benefiting 744 individuals including policy-makers and consumers. CRE-Stroke created research infrastructure (including a research register of stroke survivors and a brain biobank), and its global leadership produced international consensus recommendations to influence the stroke research landscape worldwide. Members contributed to the Australian Living Stroke Guidelines: four researchers' outputs were directly referenced. Based only on the consequences that could be monetized, CRE-Stroke returned AU$ 4.82 for every dollar invested in the CRE. This case example in the developing field of impact assessment illustrates how researchers can use evidence to demonstrate and report the impact of and returns on research investment. The prospective application of FAIT by a dedicated research impact team demonstrated impact in broad categories of knowledge-gain, capacity-building, new infrastructure, input to policy and economic benefits. The methods can be used by other research teams to provide comprehensive evidence to governments and other research funders about what has been generated from their research investment but requires dedicated resources to complete.
DOI: 10.1186/s12961-023-00974-y
ORCID: 0000-0003-1374-5565
Journal: Health Research Policy and Systems
Start page: 30
PubMed URL: 37127659
ISSN: 1478-4505
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Health economics
Impact assessment
Research translation
Stroke rehabilitation
Program Evaluation/methods
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