The Research Impact Project

The Research Impact Project




AAMRI Research Impact Framework Launch Event – Register now!

Please join us for the official launch of the AAMRI Research Impact Framework report on Thursday, 13 May 2021, 12:30-1:30pm (AEST).




About this event

This event is for researchers and administrators working at medical & health research institutes and universities, funders, and other stakeholders who are looking to develop a shared language around research impact and who are focused on ensuring that research continues to contribute to real world impacts that benefit our communities.

In this webinar launch we will share highlights of the report from the Chairs of the Project Working Group – find out more about what’s happening in the research impact space in Canada and the UK – and hear from a number of Institute’s speaking about how they will be using the AAMRI Framework within their own organisations.

The introduction of the report will be followed by a panel discussion and the opportunity for audience Q&A.

HostProfessor Jonathan Carapetis AMPresident of AAMRI
Chairs of the Project Working GroupTara McLarenHead Research Development, Telethon Kids Institute
Tobias SchoepGeneral Manager, Grow Impact
SpeakersKathryn GrahamExecutive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates
Adam KamenetzkySenior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Research
PanellistsLorel ColginHead of Marketing and Communications, Children’s Medical Research Institute
Ken KnightProgram Lead, Knowledge Translation & Impact, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Tara McLarenHead Research Development at Telethon Kids Institute
Annette ShewanPhilanthropic Engagement at Mater Foundation and Honorary at Mater Research



What is the Research Impact Project?

The Research Impact Project aims to deliver a standardised framework that will enable Australian medical research institutes to measure the impact of their research and its contribution towards knowledge, society, health and the economy. 

This Project is an Australian first and is driven by AAMRI member institutes. A range of stakeholders from research institutes, funders, government, industry and the community have given their input to help develop the AAMRI Research Impact Framework. 

This Framework will enhance the Australian medical research sector’s ability to translate research findings into real-world outcomes and benefits.

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The purpose of the Research Impact Project

Research Impact is defined by the NHMRC as the verifiable outcomes that research makes to knowledge, health, the economy and/or society. Impact is the effect of the research after it has been adopted, adapted for use, or used to inform further research. There has been an absence of common impact language within the sector – until now.

Over half of all AAMRI member medical research institutes have participated to co-develop a common language for communicating how their work is contributing to knowledge, society, health and the economy. 

The Framework will enhance the ability of medical research institutes to identify and demonstrate how their research is making an impact, maximising the return on investment made by government, industry and philanthropic funders.

The Research Impact Project is the first step towards creating a common understanding of the impacts of medical research. Importantly, the Framework provides a way for research organisations to understand how their practices can improve the translation of research and knowledge.


The development of the AAMRI Research Impact Framework 

The Project was coordinated by the AAMRI Research Impact Working Group with the generous support of The Ian Potter Foundation. The AAMRI Research Impact Framework was developed in two phases.


Phase 1: Stakeholder engagement

What is research impact?

The first phase of the Project engaged with end user stakeholders of research – including health and medical research organisations, funders of research, government, industry, and community organisations – to find out what these groups identified as research impact.

The findings of these consultations, combined with a review of existing research impact frameworks and research and knowledge translation practices, were then used to inform and refine the development of the AAMRI Research Impact Framework which is based on the Canadian Academy of Health Science Framework.


Phase 2: Developing a framework for understanding the impact of research

How can progress towards research impact be optimised and demonstrated within the Australian medical research sector?

Medical research institutes all across Australia play a leading role in translating research into health, development and wellbeing. AAMRI’s 57 member institutes are internationally recognised leaders in health and medical research that work on a broad spectrum of human health issues ranging from fundamental biomedical discovery through to clinical research and the translation of research findings from bench to bedside.

The second phase of the Project involved AAMRI member medical research institutes participating in a Delphi process to co-develop the AAMRI Research Impact Framework. This involved participating in three survey rounds to gain consensus and build on the research and knowledge translation indicators and practices identified through Phase 1 of the Project.

The outcome is a Framework of good research translation and knowledge translation practices, and indicators for the effective implementation of these.


The AAMRI Research Impact Framework

The AAMRI Research Impact Framework aims to represent a range of research priorities within the Australian medical research sector and is divided into six categories for demonstrating research impact:

  • Advancing knowledge
  • Research capacity building
  • Informing decision-making
  • Health impacts
  • Economic impacts
  • Social impacts

Each category includes a list of indicators that can be used to demonstrate progress towards or having achieved research impact. The Framework also includes a set of impact practices that promote the translation of research into impacts.

The Framework is intended to be used as a guide for medical research institutes to plan for, track, understand and communicate the impact of your research. It does not need to be applied in its entirety and can be customised as appropriate for the needs of your organisation and the types of research you conduct.

The indicators included in the Framework can be used at different stages on the impact pathway to demonstrate progress towards impact or having achieved impact, and organisations may use various methods to verify evidence of achieving these as relevant to them.  Not all the indicators included in the Framework may be applicable for your organisation or type of research, and indicators that were excluded as a result of the project’s Delphi process may still be of relevance to your institute.

The Framework is not intended to be used as a prescriptive set of measures and AAMRI member medical research institutes will not be asked to report on the indicators included.


The AAMRI Research Impact Group

AAMRI member institutes involved in the Working Group:

  • Children’s Medical Research Institute
  • Mater Research
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Diamantina Institute (within Translational Research Institute)

Project Advisory Group:

  • Children’s Cancer Institute
  • Hunter Medical Research Institute
  • Menzies Institute for Medical Research (UTAS)
  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • WEHI (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)

Additional Technical Experts:

Anne-Maree Dowd (CSIRO), Abigail Powell (Centre for Social Impact), Matt Bevan (Social Impact Measurement Network Australia), Adam Kamenetzky (National Institutes for Health Research, (UK).


For more information about the project you can email


Project Timeline

Phase 1 – What is research impact? 
Stakeholder survey: Closed 8 November 2019

Phase 2 – How can research impact be measured and improved? 
Delphi survey round 1: Closed December 2019

Framework delivery – May 2021


What’s next for the Research Impact Project?

We are excited to launch the AAMRI Research Impact Framework during a special online event on 13 May at 12.30-1.30pm (AEST). If you would like to attend, please register your interest.

We are also in the process of creating supporting materials in video and webinar formats to help Australian medical research institutes to use the Framework. If you have any questions or would like further information, please email AAMRI Research Impact Framework.