Collecting impact evidence (UK time zone)

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Evidence-based outcomes are fundamental to impact reporting. Following the introduction of impact case studies to REF 2014 and the ERA 2018, identifying and collecting evidence goes hand in hand with writing impact narratives and identifying impact indicators. Beyond assessment, researchers need to plan and execute impact activities, while recording the outcomes, impacts and evidence as they occur, to ensure the they can tell the most compelling stories. Impact implementation and the collection of material useful as a source of impact evidence should be a continuous part of the process.

The guidance document, published 14 June 2016, is about the collection, management and use of sources of impact evidence and is a result of a HEFCE-commissioned activity to produce a guidance document for the sector. While the ways of reporting may evolve, it is clear that impact and impact evidence will continue to be of importance to the research sector.

This one hour intensive webinar summarises current practice in the collection, management and use of impact evidence and provides support for researchers collecting impact evidence to gather the most compelling information.

The webinar will answer the following questions:

  • What is impact evidence?

  • What kind of evidence is suitable for different impact types and disciplines?

  • What evidence capture tools exist?

  • How to collect evidence going forward?

Delivered in a convenient and concise format, the presentation will leave you better equipped to embed impact practice at your organisation.

Who should attend?

· Researchers looking to identify, capture and record their impact evidence

· REF Managers, Impact Officers, Research Support Officers

· Heads of academic departments seeking to capture the impact from their departments


Since 2010, Vertigo Ventures has been working with organisations to identify, capture and report the impact of their research projects to funders to secure funding. Vertigo Ventures worked with leading UK universities to prepare for the UK REF 2014 and the Australia team has been working with Australian and New Zealand researchers on engagement.

In 2014, Vertigo Ventures launched VV-Impact Tracker with UK institutions to help researchers and higher education institutions to identify, store, validate, and organise impact information and evidence from funded and non-funded projects. VV-Impact Tracker provides a taxonomy and systematic workflow that contextualises research project information with impact data to provide a compelling narrative about research use, reach and significance, and produces clean data for reporting purposes.

By the end of the webinar attendees will:

  • Understand what constitutes impact evidence

  • Understand what kinds of evidence are appropriate for different impact types

  • Know what tools could be useful to collect evidence

  • Have an action items that could be implemented to collect evidence

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