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Demonstrating Impact – Considerations for Collecting and Communicating the Evidence of Impact

aYork University, Canada
bBrain Canada, Canada

The Impactful Academic

ISBN: 978-1-80117-845-7, eISBN: 978-1-80117-842-6

Publication date: 5 September 2022


This chapter addresses one of the most challenging aspects of impact, ‘how do I demonstrate that I've had an impact?’ When the topic of impact comes up, researchers want to know how they'll measure it. As not all evidence is a measurement, this chapter describes how researchers can be strategic and intentional about collecting and reporting impact evidence. As discussed in Chapter 1, a narrative approach to reporting on impact is generally used and making a case compelling is achieved with compelling evidence. Drawing on learnings from previous chapters around working with stakeholders and university systems and supports, the chapter challenges the reader to consider how they might build a compelling impact case study and provides a tool to support collecting and communicating the evidence of impact of your research. Case studies are generally utilised to demonstrate different types of evidence from various disciplines, and a template is provided for researchers to begin mapping out their impact evidence plan. Consistent with the approach of the book, it is emphasised that collecting the evidence of impact is not done in isolation or for one project and then forgotten. Rather, it is a whole career approach that is aligned with an individual philosophy of academic responsibility and identity. Being able to use excellent evidence to articulate the impact your research has generated will position the researcher to better attract additional funding to generate bigger impact in the future.



Phipps, D., Poetz, A. and Johnny, M. (2022), "Demonstrating Impact – Considerations for Collecting and Communicating the Evidence of Impact", Kelly, W. (Ed.) The Impactful Academic (Surviving and Thriving in Academia), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 107-135.



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