Impact Framework

Impact Framework

The Impact activities at dot.rural are embedded in a Non-Academic Impact framework that is used to both assess our internal activities and what our partners have received as benefits of the collaborations with our researchers.

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.