Research Impact Resources
The FutureLearn Resource Impact Resources guide is designed to provide you with all Open access resources for the FutureLearn course on research methodology.
How does research change the world?
The impact of research is rarely obvious. It can take years to eventuate and is often kept in reports that are difficult to access.
Explore some of these articles for insight into how research can impact the world.
What is the real world impact of research?
How do researchers know if their work is having an impact? And is impact a measure of the quality of the research?
Explore some of these articles to get an idea of the issues around the real impact of research.
Official measures of research impact
In academia, ‘measuring impact’ means showing evidence of the impact of research. The types of evidence that can show the full impact of research are complex. Academic researchers refer to the following guidelines to help with measuring impact. They could also help you as a practitioner researcher.
Some of the problems with the official measures:
The challenges for academics to show the impact of their research:
Showing the impact of your research will help you understand the outcomes. It can also help to justify undertaking projects in future.
Your research impact
It’s important that you can track and assess the impact of your research now and into the future.
Disseminate your research
What are the expected outcomes of your research?
How do you intend to share them with other researchers and the community? Explore these articles and plans for ideas on sharing your research.
Maximise your impact: