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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 31

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Poster Board Number: 31
Title: A New Role for the Library: Measuring Research Impact
Objective: The main objective of this project was to develop a framework to document research outputs and activities, identify collaborative efforts, and assess the diffusion of knowledge and resulting research impact for an individual author or research group in a clinical and biomedical research environment.
Methods: This project involved analyzing the research study process in the clinical and biomedical research environment to identify tangible indicators of research impact that are not readily discernible using citation analysis. These indicators served as a foundation for a framework for documenting the dissemination of research outputs and resulting diffusion of knowledge into meaningful outcomes, such as contribution to the knowledgebase; change in understanding of a disease, disorder, or condition; change in practice; change in community health; or change in public law or policy. The authors also examined collaborative activities among authors and research groups to identify quantifiable indicators of collaboration in order to arrive at a framework that provides a meaningful narrative of research impact.
Results: The project resulted in creation of a framework, The Becker Medical Library Model for Assessment of Research Impact (www.becker.wustl.edu/impact/assessment/). The Becker model provides indicators of evidence of impact based on resulting diffusion of research outputs and activities and resources for locating evidence of impact, and it includes strategies that can be utilized by biomedical scientists to enhance their research impact.
Conclusions: The recent emphasis on demonstrating translational outcomes of research findings into clinical practice and community benefit has spurred a need for new methods beyond traditional citation metrics to document the impact of research. A number of resources are available to track diffusion of research impact in order to provide a meaningful assessment of policy, practice, and health outcomes. Libraries can play a role in helping biomedical scientists quantify the resulting synthesis of biomedical research findings that are not discernable via traditional citation analysis.
Authors: Cathy C. Sarli, AHIP, Scholarly Communications Specialist; Kristi L. Holmes, Bioinformaticist; Translational Support Division, Bernard Becker Medical Library; Washington University, St. Louis, MO


Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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