Coherence Front to Back Key to Usable Impact Statements

In what it is calling an effort to streamline the process for applying for research grants, UK Research and Innovation, Britain’s main research funding body, is scrapping separate impact sections from all grant applications. In an internal memo, the agency said that “there is a recognition that the Pathways to Impact requirement has been important in driving this culture change, but that the information captured does not, in the majority of cases, enable us to make better funding decisions.” Here, Paul Benneworth and Julia Olmos Peñuela argue impact statements can produce meaningful statements of the potential future impact of research and set out a framework for assessing these claims.

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