Research impact – How to evaluate it? Editorial impact series Part 2
After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth.
Helene Deutsch (Polish-born American psychoanalyst 1884–1982).
In our previous editorial (Sandes-Guimarães & Hourneaux Junior, 2020), we presented and discussed the ways research impact is defined and understood. The readers may remember that the various impact conceptualisations may lead to some constraints and difficulties in search of impact itself, especially when it comes to management research.
If understanding what impact means can cause enough trouble for researchers and their stakeholders (universities, research agencies, funding agencies and so on), measuring and evaluating impact can be even a more complicated task. Measuring research impact – in its broader sense – is a much more challenging chore to accomplish than just measuring the traditional scientific impact (Bornmann, 2013; Bozeman & Youtie, 2017; Gunn & Mintrom, 2017). Moreover, given the different expectations towards impact from various stakeholders – related to public policies, business’ activities, social and environmental effects, cultural changes, etc. – the way we understand research impact assessment has turned into a critical path not only for the researchers but also to their institutions (Kellard & Śliwa, 2016; Peter, Kothari & Masood, 2017).