Research Design Service (RDS)
Research Impact Guide
The NIHR use the following definitions in their impact agenda and these are the ones adopted by RDS:
Dissemination - an active approach to the spreading of research findings to the target audience via determined channels using planned strategies
Knowledge mobilisation (KMb) - the process that paves the way to impact being realised by actively bringing stakeholders together throughout the research cycle to share, respond to, and act upon research plans and findings
Impact - the demonstrable contribution that research makes to society and the economy, of benefit to individuals, organisations and nations.
This toolkit can be used to help RDS Advisors and Clients understand impact and consider some of the more practical measures that can be used when undertaking research. The overall aim is to ensure that impact planning, knowledge mobilisation and implementation issues are considered and embedded into the research design and application development process that then ensures that the planned/intended impacts can be realised both during and at the end of the research project.
Each section contains a number of questions or prompts, some questions may be more relevant than others depending on the research question, not every prompt has to be used.