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research progresses, it is important to reflect on what is working (or not) and
to assess the development of your impact. This can happen at the end of your research but is much more effective if
completed as you go along, as this gives you the opportunity to adjust course,
if required. However, avoid evaluating too soon, as the impact may be too
immature to assess.
Consider how your research is having impact. Where were you starting
from (the baseline) and what, if anything, has changed? Is the impact positive
(or negative); is it what you expected or is it unintended; is it direct or
indirect (i.e. the impact has happened via a more diffuse route than
anticipated), or still nascent? Maintain regular contact with your stakeholders
to monitor if the project is delivering impact for them, and in what ways.
The Metrics Toolkit is a resource that provides guidance for
demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact. It helps you to quickly
understand what a metric means, how it is calculated, and if it’s good match
for your impact question.