Types of Impact

Types of Impact

Impact can be divided into several categories and can include both economic and societal impacts - below is the European Science Foundation (ESF) classification of impact. Most research projects will have impacts in multiple areas. 

A full list of of UCD Impact Case Studies is available here.

Cultural

Contribution to understanding of ideas and reality, values and beliefs.

 

Economic

Contribution to the sale price of products, a firm's costs and revenues (micro level), and economic returns either through economic growth or productivity growth (macro level).

 

Environmental

Contribution to the management of the environment, for example, natural resources, environmental pollution, climate and meteorology.

Health

Contribution to public health, life expectancy, prevention of illnesses and quality of life.

 

Political

Contribution to how policy makers act and how policies are constructed and to political stability.

 

Scientific

Contribution to the subsequent progress of knowledge, the formation of disciplines, training and capacity building.

 

Social

Contribution to community welfare, quality of life, behaviour, practices and activities of people and groups.

 

Technological

Contribution to the creation of product, process and service innovations.

 

Training

Contribution to curricula, pedagogical tools, qualifications.

 

The UCD College of Engineering and Architecture has produced a number of impact case studies relating to research from the College.
You can view them here.

To view and search UK REF impact case studies click here.