Whether you are working on the draft of your Pathways to Impact statement, planning on your next REF submission, or reporting back to third sector funding organisations, you need to think about how to measure the impact that your work has on the world around you.
Measuring impact means preparing some means of reporting on the social, economic, or environmental returns that have been programmed into the research/practice or happened as a consequence of the research/practice.
Reporting on impact requires three essential steps:
- Setting out your impact objectives
- Developing your theory of change
- Collecting evidence strategically
In order to report on these returns, you need to make use of a an impact measurement tool, which enables assessment of change according to set indicators.