The Think Tank Initiative have recently published 48 stories of influence to document the changes their work is supporting. This blog (1of2) reflects on the approach used to develop these and other stories of influence.
Monitoring and evaluation
It’s not easy to measure the impact of development research in bringing about positive change. It’s even harder to show how communications efforts, and expenditure, helps to achieve both research objectives, and development outcomes. This section aims to offer key resources and insights to help support better monitoring and evaluation of research uptake activities.
This post presents three new podcasts, developed as part of the PEC programme, on measuring the impact of research communications. These will provide a focal point for a peer-learning event on March 12th.
Sparkwise is an online tool that allows you to create interactive and dynamic dashboards to display all of your website and social media statistics and metrics…in one place and for free!
Alternative metrics tools are a new way to track and measure the social impact of research in real time. Altmetrics tracks research via social media uptake, ciatation counts, mentions or bookmarks, attention in blogs and even Wikipedia posts.
Google also offers you a range of opportunities to report on and track the impact you and your research are having. This guide, written by Cheryl Brown and Siobhan Duvigneau, provides a number of simple ways to track and trace your research on the web.
In his latest post, Andrew Clappison reflects upon the discussion that took place during the Future of Impact Conference, and encourages us to think about the value of impact beyond the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF)
This working paper offers guidelines that nonprofit organizations can use when designing evaluations to learn about both their investments in communications strategies and the impacts of those investments.
In this post, James Harvey explores some difficult and unanswered questions on research ‘impact’, such as “How deep is our understanding of influence itself?” and “Do we really have the processes in place to detect influence at all?”
In this article, James Harvey examines the relationship between influence and impact and how the questions that arise have implications for current thinking on monitoring and evaluation.
This Background Note describes a case study of one attempt to assess the impact of a knowledge product: The Vietnam…
This handbook of data collection tools is intended to serve as a companion to A Guide to Measuring Advocacy and…
We would like to draw your attention to another useful section within the Smart Toolkit, this time on indetifying indiators…