IOG Director of Health and Innovation leads annual International School on Research Impact Assessment
Auteurs: Eddy Nason
The Institute’s Director of Health and Innovation, Eddy Nason, led the second annual International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA) at the start of September 2014. Mr. Nason, an acknowledged expert in research evaluation, was one of three Directors involved in establishing, managing and running the school. As the Program Director for the school, Mr. Nason worked closely with the Scientific Director, Dr. Cyril Frank (President and CEO of Alberta Innovates — Health Solutions and Member of the Order of Canada), and the School Director, Dr. Kathryn Graham (Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates –Health Solutions, and ISRIA co-founder).
At the 2014 event, held in Banff, Alberta, nearly 100 participants from across four continents engaged with an expert international faculty. These faculty included academics in the science of science, practitioners in research funding and evaluation, and experts from government and non-government organizations. Mr. Nason combined his role as Program Director (developing and quality assuring the full 5-day program) with a significant teaching role.
Founded in 2013, with its inaugural edition in Barcelona, ISRIA is the first ever school to address the growing need for skilled people who can demonstrate the impact of research investments and/or activities. Sometimes called the ‘science of science’, the field of research impact assessment is a growing discipline that is interested in science and innovation, research ecosystems and the effective management and administration of research funding. There is an urgent need for funders, evaluators and researchers across the global research enterprise to be able to provide a rigorous, meaningful and accessible understanding of research impacts. With teaching from internationally renowned experts in this field, ISRIA provides participants with a greater understanding of how to interpret ‘what works’ in research funding.
Feedback from 2014 participants has suggested that ISRIA maintains its status as the only formal teaching environment for those wanting to enhance their skills for the planning and development of assessment studies, to better understand how best to report and implement research impact assessments, and how to use those tools and techniques within their own organisations. Participants also identified the need for ISRIA to continue in its international activities – something that ISRIA 2015 in Doha, Qatar should support.
The International School on Research Impact Assessment is a partnership between Alberta Innovates – Heath Solutions (AIHS), the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS), RAND Europe and King’s College London.