• Project No 1118
  • Project Name Value of Research
  • Lead Organisation Water Research Australia
  • Completion Year 2022

Status: In Progress

Focus Area: Workforce

National Research Priority: Workforce

Realise all the benefits of your research investment

Today, research needs to deliver clear, demonstrable impact – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We also know that research is inherently valuable but hard to value. So, how can we harness the maximum benefit of the research we are undertaking? This question is not new to those who are working hard to make their research reverberate within or outside of their organisation and see its results come to fruition through practical implementation.

We now know that, whether a research project is truly appreciated for its contribution to the knowledge of an organisation or whether results find their way to implementation does not only depend on the level of technical excellence the research displays. The key to a research project’s success or legacy is often determined by how well the complex interplay between the science and people aspects is managed.

While INNOVATION is a key ingredient of research guiding us into the future, COLLABORATION and IMPACT are the determinants of how well research is received by the end users. Our members have been clear: we would like to not only settle for the tip of the iceberg when it comes to harnessing the benefits of our research. A resounding good practice guide was needed, underpinned by international as well as our own industry’s rich experience and practice.

To date, the Value of Research initiative by WaterRA has delivered the following key products:

  • The Value of Research Phase 1 Report
  • The Good Practice Guide to Achieving Value from Research
  • The Good Practice Essentials Guide