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Reconceptualising 'Impact' through Anthropology's Ethnographic Practices

Baim-Lance, A; Vindrola-Padros, C; (2015) Reconceptualising 'Impact' through Anthropology's Ethnographic Practices. Anthropology in Action , 22 (2) pp. 5-13. 10.3167/aia.2015.220202. Green open access

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Abstract

Academic funding bodies are increasingly measuring research impact using accountability and reward assessments. Scholars have argued that frameworks attempting to measure the use-value of knowledge production could end up influencing the selection of research topics, limiting research agendas, and privileging linear over complex research designs. Our article responds to these concerns by calling upon insights from anthropology to reconceptualise impact. We argue that, to conduct socially beneficial studies, impact needs to be turned from a product to an inclusive process of engagement. Anthropology's epistemologically and methodologically rich tradition of ethnography offers a particularly apposite set of tools to achieve this goal. We present three concrete examples of how we have used ethnography to impact on the work we carry out, particularly in shaping multidisciplinary team-based research approaches.

Type: Article
Title: Reconceptualising 'Impact' through Anthropology's Ethnographic Practices
Location: United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/aia.2015.220202
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/aia.2015.220202
Language: English
Keywords: Impact, ethnography, health care, process, participatory research, reflexivity, anthropology, REF2014
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Targeted Intervention
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1469962
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