ESRC's Impact Toolkit: What is impact?

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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.