Steve Hanney is Emeritus Professor at the Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London. His PhD from Brunel was supervised by Maurice Kogan who, in the 1970s, helped pioneer studies of knowledge brokers and the importance of collaboration between researchers and users in achieving wider research impact.
For 25 years Steve has studied research systems and how to assess the payback or impacts from health research (ie even longer than the 17 years that work he’s contributed to somewhat misleadingly says it should take for research ideas to transfer into action). With Martin Buxton he developed the Payback Framework that they, and others, used to assess the impacts from various programme of health research in the UK and increasingly internationally including in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA. With colleagues from RAND Europe and others they also extended the approach to estimate the economic benefits of UK medical research (2008). Both streams of work helped inform the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in the UK.
Applying the Payback Framework in a series of case studies facilitated analysis of the factors associated with research that makes a societal impact – given his family name, Steve has frequently spoken of: Hanney’s 39 Steps to impact (now an underestimate).
Steve helped draft the value of health research section in the 2013 World Health Report. He co-edits the WHO-founded journal Health Research Policy and Systems that publishes papers from many countries and organisations on the use and impact of health research.