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Research Evidence for Grants and Promotion

A 'how to' guide on information and tools for capturing evidence of, and describing, research outputs.

Creative and practice-based outputs

Creative and practice-based outputs may provide additional evidence of research quality and/or research capacity.

These measures may be relevant for grant applications and academic promotion applications.

Creative and practice-based outputs include: artworks, creative writing, exhibitions, live performances, music compositions, and recordings.

To build a story (narrative) of your creative and practice-based outputs it is recommended that you keep a listing of relevant measures, including: activity, date, and relevance to your research.

Evidence of impact for individual artworks often needs to be collected and managed personally. Evidence can include:

  • commissions
  • invitations to exhibit
  • sales data
  • collaborations
  • inclusion in exhibition catalogues
  • Artist-in-residence programs may indicate public and community engagement

     

Published creative writing could include fiction, poetry, screenplays, scripts, pieces of journalism, published speeches, reviews (art, books, performances), and exhibition catalogues.

"Three of my poems have been published in highly respected Australian publications and venues including Australian Poetry Journal, Red Room Poetry online and Spineless Wonders.  My poem titled ‘X’ was commissioned and selected by world-renowned poet and scholar John Kinsella. An additional poem titled ‘X’ was commissioned after being shortlisted for the [insert year] Red Room Poetry Fellowship. This poem was then selected for re-publication in [insert year] Australian Poetry Anthology." (source: Author, 27 April 2021)
Evidence of the impact of these outputs can include:

  • information from publishers (ie. sales or download figures)
  • prestige of the publisher or publication
  • inclusion on university or school reading lists
  • award nominations or prizes
  • best-seller lists
  • editions or translations
  • social media mentions or shares
  • review of the work published
  • library holdings
  • information about on any accompanying work (ie. performance of a play script, production of a screenplay)

     

Evidence of impact for the exhibitions of multiple artworks may need to be collected and managed personally. Some information may need to be sought from the venue or gallery. Impact might be demonstrated by:

  • prestige of the venue
  • commissions and invitations to exhibit
  • visitor numbers
  • electronic downloads and website visits
  • sales data
  • exhibition catalogues, sales and downloads
  • reviews
  • social media activity

     

Live performances can include theatre, dance, music, spoken word performances, and performance art. Evidence of impact of performances may be demonstrated by:

  • social media shares and mentions
  • reviews in online and print media
  • audience numbers or viewers
  • invitations to perform at festivals
  • public and community engagement and potential collaborations

     

Compositions may include complete musical works, sections of works, lyrics, film scores, music for theatre or dance, and interactive compositions. Evidence of the impact of these outputs can include:

  • information from publishers (ie. sales or download figures)
  • prestige of the publisher or publication
  • performance of the work, and prestige of the performer
  • award nominations or prizes
  • social media mentions or shares
  • reviews of the work
  • library holdings
  • commissions and invitations
  • information about on any accompanying work (ie. performance of a composition; production of a film soundtrack)

     

All types of recordings should be considered for impact, including music, audio, film, TV, podcasts, and video art. The impact of audio and video recordings can be difficult to demonstrate, however you can show distribution and reach by using:

  • view/stream/download statistics from platforms like Youtube or Spotify
  • social media shares and mentions
  • reviews in online and print media
  • inclusion in festivals or broader compilations

     


Acknowledgment to the University of Melbourne Library, content is based on their guide Research Impact for Fine Arts and Music.