Wordplay or Paradigm Shift: The Meaning of “Research Impact”

Elizabeth Farley-Ripple


Research impact is increasingly a global issue, yet it is still emerging in the context of U.S. education. This article synthesizes insights on this issue from key thought leaders in various roles in the U.S. education system, including their perspectives on defining, motivating, measuring, and supporting research impact. These insights offer the conceptual framing for this special issue of the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership (IJEPL) and highlight several themes and tensions associated with research impact. The call for articles focused on these insights, which are addressed in the pieces that constitute this special issue.


Research impact; Knowledge utilzation

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/ijepl.2020v16n11a1021

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