For the purposes of dot.rural, Impact is defined as a demonstrable effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, policy, professional practice and people/capacity building beyond academia. Demonstrable means that a researcher/partner can provide general (more good things, fewer bad things, new options) and specific Impact evidence (accruable to a particular group or people).
Non-academic Impact includes, but is not exclusive to, the following categories:
Policy Impact: public services; policymaking and/or legislation.
People/Capacity building Impact: teaching; efficiency, performance and sustainability of businesses/organisation; training/skills – academic and non-academic professions; creation of jobs.
Economic Impact: wealth creation and economic prosperity; Institutional Investment; business revenue; commercialisation and exploitation of scientific knowledge; knowledge economy; KTPs; attracting R&D investment from companies.
Professional practice Impact: innovation in products & services; academic innovation, teaching and research techniques; user adoption of digital technology; innovation in organisational culture and practices.
Social Impact: networks & relationships – user engagement, events, dissemination; cultural enrichment; environmental sustainability; media representation; public engagement (awareness and understanding of science and research, economic and societal issues, digital technology); personal/community identity; quality of life enrichment; improving social welfare.
The Non-Academic Impact Framework can be downloaded as a pdf.