Making a difference: Impact report 2017

Appendices

Appendices

Appendix 2

Methods

researchfish® data

40 charitable funders entered details on 5287 awards into researchfish®. The principal investigator for each award was asked to complete a core set of questions and submit this data to funders. As the questions are identical between PI submissions, this allows for easy analysis of data between awards and across different charities and funding streams. Submissions are usually annual and in dedicated submission periods specified by the individual funders.

The report contains the analysis of all outcome data submitted to funders over the entire period they have been using researchfish®. Where possible we have tried to ensure all the awards have been through at least one submission period.

Awards were coded with the Health Research Classification System into health categories and research activities. Where possible, awards were also categorised by grant types. If coding was not already submitted on researchfish® by the funder, AMRC uploaded the categorisations from various sources (see Notes) to researchfish®. Appendix 3 shows a breakdown of these categories.

The award data and associated outputs were extracted from researchfish® in May 2016. The data was cleaned by removing duplicates (where appropriate) and removing any obvious extreme outliers. See Notes for more detail on this.

Analysis

The types of outcomes for which information is gathered in the main question set are broken down into 14 main areas. Questions are not mandatory as not all outcome types will be relevant to all awards. In this report we have grouped these outcomes into 5 themes to highlight the main areas of impact. These can be broken down as follows:

Figure A2.1 Breakdown of the award outputs into outcome categories.

Outcome category Outcome type
Generating new knowledge Publications
Research tools and methods
Research databases and models
Translating research ideas into new products and services Intellectual property and licensing
Spin out companies
Medical products, interventions and clinical trials
Software and technical products
Influencing policy and other stakeholders Influence on policy, practice, patients and the public
Engagement activities
Stimulating new research via new funding or partnerships Further funding
Collaborations and partnerships
Developing the human capacity to do research Next destination
Awards and recognitions
Use of facilities and resources