Useful tools and resources

This page is for Oxford Brookes University staff. Its purpose is to explain internal processes to staff members. It was moved into its current location on the website in Autumn 2022.

Page content is being revised to reflect the move to the new Research, Innovation and Enterprise Directorate.

External Resources

  • Fast Track Impact resources
    Browse examples of good practice "pathways to impact" sections of grant applications and top scoring impact case studies. Free printable and editable templates to help you plan for impact, as well as, "how to" guides for researchers, designed to help you embed impact in your work.
  • ESRC Impact Toolkit
    This toolkit is aimed at social science researchers applying for or receiving funding from ESRC, but contains lot of information useful to all researchers, including resources and tools for generating and communicating impact.
  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) impact toolkit
    This guide provides a simple step-by-step approach to planning for impact in six modules. It is based on the ODI’s Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA) and draws heavily on the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) guidance on achieving policy impact.
  • The Health Foundation has developed an online communications toolkit to help health and healthcare researchers (though most of it is relevant to any researcher) increase the influence and impact of their work
  • Guidance for standardising quantitative indicators of impact (PDF)
    This report, produced by RAND Europe on behalf of the funding bodies, articulates ways in which the use of quantitative indicators of impact can be standardised to contribute to the guidance for the preparation of impact case studies for REF 2021.
  • The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management (PDF)
    The Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management was set up in April 2014 to investigate the current and potential future roles that quantitative indicators can play in the assessment and management of research. Its report, ‘The Metric Tide’, was published in July 2015