The Impact Initiative has closed. This website has now been archived and will no longer be updated.
The Impact Initiative has closed. This website has now been archived and will no longer be updated.

Tool

ESRC's Impact Toolkit: What is impact?

Picture: Lenore Edman/Flickr licensed under CC BY 2.0

What is impact? How is impact defined? How can you generate impact? The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has produced a comprehensive Impact toolkit aimed at social science researchers applying for, and receiving funding, from ESRC.

The toolkit provides:

  • What is impact? - impact definitions.
  • Support for making an impact - resources to help researchers generate impact (media training; public engagement guidance; tips for doing knowledge exchange; support from your research organisation; guidance for collaboration)
  • Developing Pathways to Impact - how to write a good application statement
  • Communications tools (developing a communications and impact strategy; branding; organising events; media relations; influencing policymakers; publications; social media best practice/guidance; website best practice/guidance).

Impact case studies are also provided.