Evaluating CEED’s impact
The CEED Director and Chief Investigators initiated an evaluation of CEED’s impact to measure the difference CEED research is having on our society and around the world.
However, the wide scope and sheer volume of CEED research, and the scarce availability of published work on a methodology to use, makes evaluating its impact a considerable task.
The analysis evaluated the social and environmental impacts occurring from the interdisciplinary research produced by members, partners and associates of CEED. A set of criteria were developed to measure the initial impact of affecting change, such as the extent the research attributed to a change in policy, an improvement in decision making processes or an improvement in management practices. The amount of collaboration, engagement, and knowledge transfer activities were also considered. Additionally, academic metrics were analysed to provide a supportive context to the claims of impact.
The findings indicate that CEED has achieved a very high level of academic impact, and currently has a mixed influence on public policy and management practices.
The key limitation is the time lag between results from research being made available to the contribution to a policy change, as demonstrated in Figure 1, where the projects commencing at the inception of CEED have achieved far greater impact than those recently commenced. Through the development and presentation of case studies, the analysis seeks to illustrate the breadth and extent of the research impacts and associated challenges for some of the 89 research projects.
Our work evaluating CEED’s impact will, we hope, demonstrate a process and contribute to a better understanding of the various drivers at play.
Figure 1: CEED research project were ranked on impact.
* 9 projects that started before 2011 under other funding sources