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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

Build your case from data

Grant bodies and research institutions evaluate research impact and engagement using multiple metrics.

Different databases offers different metrics and methods of tracking impact.

These data sources are more effective and accurate once the researcher take control of the data in their researcher profiles. One very important step is setting up your ORCID and having it linked in Minerva Elements.

Different data-sources contain different indicators and metrics. They measure separate aspects of research performance, productivity and quality. Book a research consultation and discuss this in more detail.

Tips for researchers: 

  1. Keep record of all the evidence about the impact of your research and the attention to your research. Use a table for documentation. This will save you lots of time later on when you suddenly need all of this information. 
  2. Periodically, keep your research profiles and your researcher identifiers up-to-date and save time later.
  3. Keep your publications up-to-date in Minerva Elements. Add this information when your manuscripts are accepted for publication. Doing this and linking your research profiles such as ORCID, Scopus Author Identifier and ResearcherID, provides access to research performance data in Minerva Elements.

Reporting - Grants

Always speak to the MERI Research Grants officer and your direct supervisor for peer support with the preparation of your grant application.

Also, make a point of viewing some of the successful previous grants in the University of Melbourne Research Grants library

Reporting - Promotion


Consult the Academic Careers @ Melbourne website for information regarding criteria used to benchmark staff performance. 

Which data can I use?


Research performance encompasses both research productivity and research quality. Research institutions and researchers often try to demonstrate research performance by using metrics. However, research metrics alone is not sufficient to describe performance. Expert opinion should be added to demonstrate performance.

  • Aim to always use qualitative and quantitative inputs together to produce quality and responsible research evaluations.
  • Also aim to use more than one research metric together where possible.

Researchers that need to find information about which metrics to choose from and include into their grant applications or academic promotion applications or for similar exercises can use the Metrics Toolkit to help inform their choice. In addition, also discuss this with your supervisor or a peer.

The Metrics Toolkit provides information about the use of research metrics across disciplines, how each metric is calculated, and where to find it.