Creating, capturing and evaluating research impact
Impact helps to demonstrate that research is important, worth using and investing in.
The importance of impact is reflected in the Strategic Plan 2013-18 with the University's commitment 'to serve society by promoting and contributing to economic, cultural, and social advances through the accessibility of Oxford’s ideas, skills, and expertise' and 'to share the fruits of research as widely as possible'.
Research funders expect you to demonstrate impact of your research. Research councils and Research England require you to provide evidence of this through Researchfish and the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Material to help develop an understanding of KE and impact, and support in learning about KE paths and impact outcomes at different stages of the research process has been developed by the Department of Education.