To inform its submission to the Structural Review of the NHMRC’s Grant Program the HSRAANZ undertook an online survey of health services researchers’ views on the three possible alternative models to the existing grant program. The survey report and our submission to the NHMRC can be read here.Read more →
The HSRAANZ’s response to the Australian Research Councils Engagement and Impact Assessment Consultation Paper argues that a key issue with the impact measurement of Medical and Health Sciences research through the analysis of citations in peer reviewed journals is that Public Health and Health Services research is generally mostly relevant to the jurisdiction in which it is conducted and therefore research undertaken in Australia is less likely to be cited in other jurisdictions than laboratory-based or clinical Medical and Health Sciences research.
Analyses of citations in peer reviewed journals do not reflect impact on healthcare policy and practice and on patient outcomes and population health within Australia. Policymakers do not tend to report in peer reviewed journals, but are more likely to cite research that influences policy and practice in non-peer reviewed government reports and other publications found in the grey literature.
Consideration should therefore be given the expansion of citation analyses to include the grey literature and the inclusion of case studies or exemplars of research that has influenced policy and practice in the assessment of research impact and engagement in the Medical and Health Sciences division.
For a more general research assessment exercise, it might be more appropriate to count significant examples of research translation to active researchers. Analogous to the analysis of average citation rates across research papers within an ANZSRC group, the average frequency and grade of policy or practice impact and engagement across eligible researchers assigned to each ANZSRC group could be estimated.
Assessments of research impact based on citation analyses and case studies or exemplars could be reported separately.
A single, pooled measure of research impact would be more consensus-based and subjective than the numbers driven assessment of citations (noting that quantitative citation measures may provide false quality assurance by not explicitly accounting for differences in research applicability across jurisdictions).Read more →
The HSRAANZ has made a submission to The Australian Medical Research Advisory Board’s (Advisory Board) call for views and ideas on its Strategy and Priorities, which are intended to ensure a coherent and consistent approach is adopted when disbursing MRFF funding into the health and medical research sector. The Association’s submission concentrates on the Australian Medical Research and Innovation Strategy (Strategy). The submission “A Research Strategy to Improve Health Services Research” defines two broad forms of HSR – local HSR and large scale HSR – and provides a rationale and some broad suggestions to improve the conduct and impact of both forms of HSR in Australia. It concludes that further work is required to develop and appraise specific actions, but an overarching component of the submission is the call for a National Centre for Health Services Research. The Centre will oversee both forms of HSR and provide the basis for developing the necessary infrastructure to ensure HSR reaches its potential to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians. We would welcome comments on our approach.Read more →