Journal article

Impact Indicators for Biodiversity Conservation Research: Measuring Influence within and beyond Academia

Tyrone H Lavery, Rachel Morgain, James A Fitzsimons, Jennie Fluin, Nicholas A Macgregor, Natasha M Robinson, Ben C Scheele, Katherine E Selwood, Rebecca Spindler, Holly Vuong, Simon West, Brendan A Wintle, David B Lindenmayer



ABSTRACT Measuring, reporting, and forecasting research impact beyond academia has become increasingly important to demonstrate and understand real-world benefits. This is arguably most important in crisis disciplines such as medicine, environmental sustainability and biodiversity conservation, where application of new knowledge is urgently needed to improve health and environmental outcomes. Increasing focus on impact has prompted the development of theoretical guidance and practical tools tailored to a range of disciplines, but commensurate development of tools for conservation is still needed. In the present article, we review available tools for evaluating research impact ..

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Awarded by National Environmental Science Program through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Environmental Science Program through the Threatened Species Recovery Hub. We thank Carina Wyborn for detailed critiques of impact indicators and the manuscript and for a range of useful suggestions. We thank the questionnaire respondents who provided feedback on the relative importance of each impact indicator for measuring the impact of conservation research. The surveys were completed in accordance with human ethics approval from The Australian National University (protocol no. 2019/895).