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Evidencing Impact
Online course

Our half day courses are the most popular, but we can also provide most courses as 1 hour, 90 minute and 2 hour stand-alone courses, or connect these together into a series of sessions running over a few weeks or months. Set up a call to discuss how we can adapt this course to your needs.

Our online courses are just as interactive as any face-to-face training. They are specially designed so you get more engagement in ways that are not possible when everyone is in the same room together. Online courses are a great way to keep colleagues connected and inspired.

Since it was introduced in 2013, this course has become the most widely used resource to train researchers in impact around the world, having been used by over 200 institutions in 55 countries to date. 



Course Description

This course is based on research by Prof Reed and the latest evidence on how to evidence impact. You will learn how to use a range of impact monitoring and evaluation tools and have a choice of exercises in which to discuss real-world evaluation challenges with your colleagues. As part of the session you will receive a hard copy* and a PDF copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook.

Key benefits:


  • Learn about simple entry-level tools to identify and track impact indicators and more advanced methods to demonstrate cause-and-effect relationships between research and impact

  • Learn how to collect evidence-based testimonials

  • Be inspired with examples of mixed-methods evaluations of research impact, and methods from the arts and humanities that can enable you to creatively assess impacts that would otherwise be hard to articulate or capture

  • Think about ways you can make tracking your impact quick and easy

  • Find out what evidence was needed to demonstrate the highest levels of significance and reach in the last Research Excellence Framework

  • Discuss impacts that are difficult to evidence, included a worked example of a policy impact evaluation

  • Have a choice of designing your own impact evaluation in a small group or staying with Prof Reed for a “how would you prove that?” discussion of impact claims that are difficult to evidence

*Available when you book half a day's worth of courses or more

At the end of the workshop:


  • Receive slides and links to free resources to help you embed impact in your research

  • Have the option to make a commitment to an action based on the course, and receive a follow-up email from Prof Reed to check in and help as necessary after a month.


Prof Reed continues to answer all questions from participants via email after the course, guaranteeing a response to all questions within one week.

Optional preparation for the workshop

If you would like to prepare for the workshop, you might like to read the following paper:


Reed MS, Ferre M, Martin-Ortega J, Blanche R, Dallimer M, Lawford-Rolfe R, Holden J (2021) Evaluating research impact: a methodological framework. Research Policy 50(1):104147


This course is based on this paper and accompanying material in The Research Impact Handbook

What does a typical day look like?

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Half-day workshop £1500 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes 30 free hard copies of The Research Impact Handbook, worth £29.99 each.

90 minute workshops £750 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes PDF copies of The Research Impact Handbook. You can add hard copies of the books for your participants at additional cost.


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