If you are looking to generate impact from your research, please ensure that you engage from the start with the University Impact, Engagement and Environment Coordinator, Emma Sutton, and your School Impact Coordinator** so that the impact can be tracked and evidenced on an ongoing basis.
Key points to consider when you start a new research project:
- What will be the indicators of impact? How will success be measured throughout and what needs to be captured?
- Complete a stakeholder analysis to identify the potential beneficiaries of your work
- Clearly demonstrate a pathway to impact: what steps will you take to engage with your stakeholders and how will you measure any benefits to them?
- Articulate the significance and reach of the potential impact
- Use existing and well-understood baselines and gold standards to measure your impact
Some examples of types of impact evidence that you could obtain:
- Testimonials from organisations and individuals
- Quotations from high-profile figures (obtained through interviews)
- Participant feedback
- Media mentions
- Quantitative data (e.g. improved company sales, percentages demonstrating cost savings etc.)
- Published reports as a result of research conducted
- Guidelines/policy documents that cite your research
**Look to use both qualitative and quantitative data where possible!**
Points to remember: