Impact toolkit for economic and social sciences - ESRC

This impact toolkit is for social science researchers applying for and receiving funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

You can find out how we define impact and identify the principles you should be aware of when applying for funding. You can also find advice and guidance to help you communicate your work.

Defining impact

Factors which show the impact that excellent research makes to society and the economy

How to demonstrate support for impact

How to make an impact plan to show the difference your research will make and how you will share knowledge

How to hold effective public engagement

How to plan for and carry out public engagement that brings researchers and the public together

How to do effective knowledge exchange

How to define the purpose of your knowledge exchange, develop effective relationships and evaluate your objectives

How to commercialise your research

How to commercialise your research to get sustained impact and the support you can get for it

How to organise an event

How to plan your event, promote it, find the right audience and set a budget

How to do media relations

How to prepare good stories and campaigns to make an impact, identify your audience, find the right format, and work with the press and partners

How to influence policymakers

How to approach public affairs to influence policy as an important part of your impact plan

How to plan and develop publications

Choosing the right format, medium and channel for your publication. Tips on editing, designing and distribution

How to use social media

The benefits of using social media to increase the impact of your research

How to develop and maintain a website

Creating and maintaining effective web content to share your research

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