In this episode, Mark presents eight powerful questions that will enable you to envision the impacts your research might have. Whether you already have a defined impact goal and plan, or you don't know where to start, these questions will help you get a clear idea of the impacts you could achieve from your research:
- What aspects of your research might be interesting or useful to someone, or could you (or someone else) build upon to create something interesting or useful at some point in the future?
- Going beyond your research for a moment, think of issues, policy areas, sectors of the economy, practices, behaviours, trends etc. that link in some way to your research. What problems or needs are there in these places, and what are the barriers that are preventing these issues from being resolved? Could your research help address these needs and barriers in some way?
- What is the most significant area of current policy, practice or business that your research might change or disrupt?
- Which are the individuals, groups or organisations that might be interested in this aspect of your research (whether now or in future)?
- What aspects of your research are they likely to be most interested in, and what would need to happen for this to become more relevant to them? What could you do differently to make your work more relevant to these people? Who would you need help from?
- If these people took an interest in or used your research, what would change?
- Might you see changes in individuals, groups, organisations, or at a societal or some other level?
- Would these changes be beneficial or might some groups be disadvantaged in some way as a result of your research?