A collection of definitions of ‘Impact’

A compilation from Colin Chandler on pg 7-8 of Achieving Impact in Research:

  • To have impact is to have a strong effect, to make a difference.
  • By impact we mean the ‘influence’ of research or its ‘effect on’ an individual, a community, the development of policy, or the creation of a new product or service. It relates to the effects of research on our economic, social and cultural lives (AHRC, 2010).
  • Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy (RCUK, 2011).
  • Impact … an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia (REF, 2011).