History of RIC

Background

Increasingly connected internationally, Research Impact Canada (RIC) is a pan-Canadian network of universities committed to maximizing the impact of academic research for the public good in local and global communities.  RIC is committed to developing institutional capacities to support creating and assessing impacts of research, scholarship and creative activities by developing and sharing best practices, services and tools.

Founded in 2006 by York University and the University of Victoria, RIC is currently a network of 17 universities that have invested in an institutional capacity to support research impacts of faculty, students and partner organizations. Current members are: Carleton University, Dalhousie University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, McMaster University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Université du Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Alberta, University of Brighton (UK), University of British Columbia, University of Guelph, University of New Brunswick, University of Saskatchewan, University of Victoria, University of Winnipeg, Western University and York University.

Highlights

2005

  • Received Intellectual Property Mobilization (IPM) Grant from Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)

2006

  • Started work on the IPM grant and formed ResearchImpact with members York University and University of Victoria

2007

  • First ResearchImpact booth at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan

2008

  • Started the Mobilize This! Blog
  • Hosted an open session at Congress at the University of British Columbia
  • Exhibited at Congress at University of British Columbia

2009

  • Started the @researchimpact twitter feed
  • Exhibited at Congress at Carleton University

2010

  • Memorial University, Université du Québec à Montréal, University of Guelph and University of Saskatchewan join ResearchImpact-Reseau Impact Recherche (RIR)
  • Exhibited at Congress at Concordia University

2011

  • Started the KMb Journal Club
  • Reached 1,000 twitter followers
  • Hosted a KMb Congress Tweet Chat at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University in Fredericton

2012

  • Received the Knowledge Economy Network Best Practice Award from the European based Knowledge Economy Network (KEN)
  • Exhibited at Congress at Wilfrid Laurier University & University of Waterloo

2013

  • Université de Montréal, Carleton University,Wilfrid Laurier University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University join RIR
  • Exhibited at Congress at University of Victoria

2014

  • McMaster University joins RIR
  • Reached 5,000 twitter followers
  • Co-hosted Social Innovation event on Parliament Hill with Senator Kelvin Ogilvie
  • Exhibited at Congress at Brock University

2015

  • University of New Brunswick joins RIR
  • Exhibited at Congress at University of Ottawa

2016

  • RIR featured in Conference Board of Canada briefing report, “Beyond Citations: Knowledge Mobilization, Research Impact and Changing Nature of Academic Work”
  • Exhibited at Congress at University of Calgary

2017

  • Renamed Research Impact Canada – Reseau Impact Recherche Canada (RIC-RIRC)
  • Awarded the Directors’ Award for Inter-Institutional Collaboration from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA), at the CARA national meeting in Winnipeg in May
  • Western University, University of British Columbia and University of Brighton (UK) join RIC-RIRC
  • Hired Vanessa Lovisa as RIC-RIRC Research Communications Assistant
  • Exhibited at Congress at Ryerson University

Mission and Values

Mandate

Research Impact Canada builds institutional capacity to help Canada’s researchers and students span boundaries, collaborate, and connect their work to new services, products, processes, systems, public policies, and innovations with social, economic, cultural, environmental, commercial, and scientific value.

Mission

We build Canada’s capacity to be a leader in creating value from knowledge by developing and sharing best practices, services and tools, and by demonstrating to relevant stakeholders and the public the positive impacts of mobilizing knowledge.

Vision

A globally leading network that enables researchers and their partners to demonstrate contribution to and impact of research excellence

Research Impact Canada Operational Structure

Research Impact Canada is structured around Standing Committees and working groups. Each Standing Committee has a Terms of Reference and produce an annual work plan. As needed, the Governance Committee can approve funding for Standing Committees to accomplish their work.

Research Impact Canada Network Strategic Operational Plan 2017-2020

Executive Lead Committee

Comprised of the executive leads of the participating institutions, usually Vice Presidents of Research or equivalent. This Committee acts as an advocate for the network, oversees the development of RIC, provides approval for funding initiatives and receives reports from the Governance Committee. The current Executive Lead Committee (2015-2018) is comprised of York University, University of Saskatchewan, Memorial University, University of New Brunswick and Université de Montréal.

Executive Lead Steering Committee

The Steering group is comprised of up to 4 executive leads, appointed for a staggered 3 year term and chaired by the Chair of the Executive Leadership Committee.

Governance Committee

The Chair of this Committee is also Network Director of the Lead institution (York University). This Committee liaises with the Executive leads and is responsible for membership, finance, and budget decisions, as well as the implementation of the Operational and Strategic Plans. Members also oversee the planning, framework and execution of the annual Research Impact Canada meeting working with the host institution.

Evaluation Committee

This Committee works to advance the collective impact of the network by creating tools to assess and articulate the impacts of research from member universities.

Communications Committee

The Communication Committee develops and implements the RIC Communications Plan to increase awareness of RIC as Canada’s knowledge mobilization network. The Committee oversees the maintenance of the RIC website, social media presence and branded materials.

Professional Development Committee

This Committee focuses on sharing learning opportunities and the transfer and exchange of good practices in knowledge mobilization across the network. This is achieved through webinars exclusive to network members, which focus on specific issues and aspects of KMb practice. And through the development of a KMb Tool Kit, which describe how our network members develop and deliver a variety of services.

Ad Hoc Committees

Ad Hoc Committees are created on an as needed basis to work on specific goals. Current examples of Ad Hoc Committees include the Yaffle Working Group and the Scholarly Communications Working Group.

Benefits of Being a Member

The impact of research is becoming a regular feature of many research and scholarly programs in Canada and around the world. Membership in Research Impact Canada helps institutions be successful in this emerging field and creates opportunities for leadership in knowledge mobilization. In turn researchers and students are the beneficiaries of knowledge mobilization and research impact tools and practices.

Institutional benefits of membership include:

  • Participating in a community of practice for knowledge mobilization across 15+ participating RIC institutions
  • Access to regional knowledge mobilization centres of expertise for regional and/or provincial collaboration
  • Developing and sharing knowledge mobilization tools and practices
  • Access to knowledge mobilization leaders regionally and nationally
  • Visibility among leaders serving as a national advocacy voice for knowledge mobilization. Examples include:
  • Enhanced ability to serve the knowledge mobilization and research impact needs of faculty and students

Researcher/student benefits of membership include (specific to each campus):

  • Tools for public engagement, grant applications, research partnerships, engaged teaching and learning (i.e. community service learning, work enabled learning, internships), research impact assessment, engaged scholarship events
  • Potential to participate in collaborative research opportunities from national organizations
  • Access to research impact practitioners on your campus to support your work
  • Maximize the impact of your research/scholarship on local and global communities

Partner with Us

Research Impact Canada is open to partnership with academic and non-academic organizations. Academic organizations can explore the benefits of RIC membership here. Academic research institutions (universities, colleges, research hospitals from Canada and around the world) seeking membership should contact the RIC Lead Institution at info@researchimpact.ca.

Other organizations can partner with RIC if you are looking for:

  • Access to academic expertise
    • If you are looking for research to inform your work a call to any one of the RIC members can help you gain access to researchers from across Canada. Start by calling your local RIC member
  • Canadian leaders in research impact
    • International stakeholders in research impacts can connect to impact related work in Canada by contacting the RIC Lead Institution
  • Case studies and examples of research that is making a difference to local and global communities
    • Media and other research stakeholders can obtain information on how research is making a difference by calling any one of the RIC members across Canada. Start by calling your local RIC member or the RIC Lead Institution

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