Learning How to Identify, Evidence and Narrate Research Impact

This track of 4 courses runs academics and professional staff, such as research support and impact officers, through the basics on how to approach impact planning and reporting, and then step by step moving to the specific applications in each area.

Course 1: What is Research Impact? 
This is an introductory course to research impact. It will cover the key concepts in research impact as well as impact reporting: What is impact and why is it important? How has the field of research impact developed over the years? What national assessment frameworks include impact and what’s impact’s role in funding applications? The course answers these questions and more and will give you a good, basic starting understanding of what research impact is.

Course 2: Identifying Impact
This course will go into more depth on how to identify research impact. What are the different components you should be looking at? We will cover outcomes, stakeholders, impact activities and indicators. Knowledge of what these concepts consist of and how they plan them is a crucial first step in creating your impact narrative.

Course 3: Evidencing Impact through Engagement
No impact claim is worth anything without evidence. You need to be able to show what impact you made. This course will cover what evidence is and how to capture it. As stakeholder engagement is important to capturing good quality evidence, this course will also teach you about stakeholder relationships.

Course 4: How to Make a Compelling Case Study 
In this final course in the pathway, you will learn all about what makes a compelling case study and apply this knowledge to your own research. What makes a good narrative? What evidence do you need? After having explored these and more questions, we will look at some UK REF2014 case studies in order to get a feel for what makes a good as well as bad impact narrative.