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Tools and Guidance

These tools have will help you to identify your stakeholders and beneficiaries, think about the difference your research can make, decide which activities will increase the likelihood of impact and consider how you can demonstrate your impact.

Impact Toolkits

Take a look at the following toolkits for advise on maximising impact:

  • EPSRC's guidance on healthcare technology transfer including a film and a toolkit.
  • Top tips on sharing your research created by SSPIKE and the Library.

Writing RCUK Pathways to Impact

Since 2009, RCUK have required researchers to consider the potential impact of their research as part grant applications.

What is RCUK impact?

RCUK defines research impact as 'the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy'.


Tracking Impact

Impact can often take years to develop but can be shaped and driven by those conducting the research. Finding, collecting and storing evidence of impact may seem like a difficult task for researchers but are helped with forward planning. These tools can help you identify and collect evidence of research impact.


Key considerations for researchers are deciding what data and evidence to collect and how to go about doing so. HEFCE commissioned Vertigo Venture and Digital Science to create a best practice guidance on Collecting Research Impact Evidence.


  • Altmetrics: Understanding who is discussing or using your research online can have benefits in developing impact.  Altmetrics tracks the online activity around the research outputs you have uploaded to myPublications.
  • The Impact recording module in myPublications can help you to record the development of your impact and store evidence centrally.
Can Early Career Researchers have Impact?

All research can have the potential for impact. This edition of the Doctoral Times on Research Impact offers an excellent introduction to impact for early career researchers.

There are a number of ways to develop skills to engage the public, industry or policymakers with your research such as through development training delivered by the Think Ahead team, impact workshops, public engagement masterclasses, faculty events or the online impact training.

For further advice on impact visit the impact planning toolkit, or contact your departmental impact lead or the RS impact team.

Case studies of Impact from Early Career Researchers

Burmese working elephents

“This project is excellent because it makes life better for the elephants as well as having an impact scientifically and practically – for example, my results have led to the authorities considering changing training methods." Hannah Mumby

Read the full case study

What you really get at a food bank

Groundbreaking research by Hannah Lambie-Mumford has provided policy makers, the charitable sector and the media with thought-provoking evidence to inform the food poverty debate.

This project won the ESRC Celebrating Impact prize in the category Impact from an Early Career Researcher.