Measure Your Research Impact: Introduction
Learn how to measure the impact of your research.
In This Guide
Learn how to assess the impact of your research
What is Research Impact?
Research impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to academia, society and the economy:
- Academic impact : Contribution to academic advances, across and within disciplines, in understanding, methods, theory and application
- Societal impact: Benefit to individuals, organizations and nations by enhancing quality of life, health and creative output, and increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy
- Economic impact: Attracting investment, wealth creation, enhanced national and global competitiveness
The above statements were adapted from UK Research and Innovation.
There are several reasons to measure your research impact:
- Application for promotion or tenure
- Quantify return on research investment for grant renewals and progress reports
- Future funding requests
- Identify who is using your work and confirm that it is appropriately credited
- Identify collaborators within or outside of your discipline