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Evidencing Impact
Online course

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:


This course is based on the Evaluating impact from research: A methodological framework paper and accompanying material in The Research Impact Handbook

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Half-day workshop £1600 +VAT

2 hour version £900 +VAT 

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