The impact tool draws on the experience and best practice of country partners and experts. It is designed to provide guidance and ideas relevant to all stages of the research life-cycle. It helps researchers plan and monitor effective knowledge exchange and impact strategies and activities.

The impact tool includes a range of instruments:

  • Methodological and planning guidance;
  • Step-by-step assistance covering key steps of the impact process;
  • Illustrative examples and practical resources; Case studies demonstrating good practice;
  • Templates that can be adjusted and used according to specific research and impact priorities.

The impact tool will be available here after its formal launch in January 2018. Below you can see the main elements it will cover.

What is research impact?

This part of the toolkit helps you build a holistic understanding of impact and consider the full range of spheres such as: academic, conceptual, capacity building, instrumental, and collective impact. It introduces some key principles to understanding impact and prompts you to plan for impact from the project outset and see impact as a process, as well as an output.

Key steps in planning impact

Impact planning and activities should be part of the whole research lifecycle. This part of the toolkit covers what to do at key steps including: planning the desired impact, identifying stakeholders and beneficiaries, developing strategies and interventions, critical reflection, dissemination, outreach, networking, collaborations, and tracking impact.

Resources for planning and monitoring impact

This part contains tools that enable the planning, monitoring, and assessment of the impact work in the short to medium term. It includes an impact planning and monitoring framework designed by Global Kids Online and a supplementary model framework with examples provided by the country partners. A systematic but adaptable tool, the framework can be adjusted throughout the research process and allows harmonising efforts with country-defined research and impact priorities.


Resources for engaging key stakeholders

Vital to all research impact is an effective approach to engaging with stakeholders throughout the research cycle. This section provides illustrative tools to guide this process covering: how to use evidence for policy-making; case studies with good practice examples demonstrating the work of the country partners; tools providing a child-friendly means of discussing the research findings with children; and set of communication tools used for disseminating findings and tracking user engagement.

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