Framing your impact

Impact frameworks are a good starting point when trying to determine the types of impact you would like your research to have.

Areas of Impact (Research England)

Table of the Research England impact framework, showing the nine impact typesThe ‘Areas of Impact’ framework, as defined by Research England, is one of the most commonly used impact frameworks.  The nine different areas of impact identified, can help when thinking about the different types of impact your research might have and who might benefit. The nine areas are; health & wellbeing; creativity, culture & society; social welfare; commerce & the economy; public policy, law & services; production; practice/delivery of professional services; environment; and understanding, learning & participation.

The full impact and indicators document has detailed information on the areas of impact, types of impact and associated indicators you might use to evidence reach and significance.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.  The 17 SDGs were developed as an urgent call to action for all countries and stakeholders to act in collaborative partnership to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development plan.

More and more universities are highlighting the ways they are responding to the UN SDGs, including through the research they generate.  Using the UN SDGs as an impact framework can also help to identify how your research might have a global impact.

The following video (6:28 mins) about the Live-in-Labs research project demonstrates how challenge-led research can have a global impact and contribute to the UN SDGs.

For more information on the UN Sustainable Development Goals visit the United Nations website.