Research is a communicative process. Its value is enhanced through knowledge exchange and incorporation into practice. Though impact has always been the primary motivation for research, designing research that generates impact beyond academia is not straightforward. It takes time, commitment, and a supportive working environment.
The workshop focused on current aspirations for inclusive research design and how to put them into practice. It was structured in two parts: a panel discussion that brought together key research stakeholders from within and beyond the heritage science sector, and a group work exercise. A central point of reference was the generation of non-academic impact.
The sessions focused on what makes research impactful and how that is achieved. It also explored issues of diversity and the building of strong collaborative partnerships beyond academia for heritage research and preservation. Continue reading…
The European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science (E-RIHS) is a pan-European project aiming to support research on heritage interpretation, preservation, documentation and management. The project will provide state-of-the-art tools and services to interdisciplinary research communities that advance understanding and preservation of global heritage. Continue reading…
ICCROM Forum follow up: Think-tank meeting Evaluating the Outcomes of Heritage Science
How to measure impact? Where to start?
Demonstrating impact is a high priority in many fields – especially those which rely on effective fundraising and public support for survival – and in recent years there has been increasing activity in this area with regard to culture and cultural heritage. However, while there is growing recognition of the importance of evaluating outcomes and impact, at the same time there are widespread difficulties in establishing common frameworks, language and methods. In other words, although it is easy to see the merits of the exercise, it remains difficult to apply in practice.
On 18 June ICCROM received the visit of a small group of research fellows from Albania and Serbia who are currently carrying out work at the Institute for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage (ICVBC) of the National Research Council, within the framework of its “Science for Diplomacy” training programme. They were accompanied by Dr Fernanda Prestileo and Dr Eleonora Stella, conservation researchers at the CNR.
Member States represented: Albania, Italy and Serbia