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Research impact guide: Show impact

Your impact story

Collecting the data and measuring the impact of your research is only half of the job. You will also need to think about how you use the information available to tell your impact story. There are three steps to doing this:

  • Check any requirements from the grant or promotion application you are trying to complete. These are often fairly specific with what kind of information they would like you to supply
  • Select the impact data that best represents your work. The data you collect will tell you all kinds of things, probably some of them contradictory, so you need to filter through these to find the ones that best represent your work. Remember that a grant application needs to demonstrate that you are the best person to complete that piece of very important research, so choose impact data that is relevant to the grant you are applying for
  • Provide contextual information around the impact data to demonstrate why this data is important in demonstrating your impact. Remember the person assessing your application may not understand the norms of your discipline so you need to show what an 'h-index of 7' in your field means

If you would like assistance identifying relevant contextual information, contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian

 

Collecting the data and measuring the impact of your research is only half of the job. Think about how you use the information available to tell your impact story.

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