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Step-by-step plan towards more impact

An important question being asked, both in the academic world and in society, concerns the impact of our research and education. By providing a well-supported answer, we not only create a strong position for our research, we also increase our chances of success in applying for research grants and retaining our current sources of finding. The University offers different forms of support to help you achieve maximum impact. Below is a step-by-step plan to help you map your impact.

Step 1: What is your vision?

Achieving impact begins with a vision. How will you make sure that your knowledge will reach society? Or that your research remains in line with society’s needs? In formulating your vision, try to answer the following questions: For what purpose? What is it? Towards what? For whom? With whom? And how? If you would like to know more, the Rathenau Institute produces publications on the social effects of new technologies and has written a very good article on how to develop an impact strategy.

Step 2: Which forms of impact fit you and your vision?

You can achieve impact in a myriad of ways. Each researcher will have his or her own way. In order to help you discover which form of impact best matches your research, we have created the Leiden Impact Matrix. Or you can follow one of the Luris training programmes or consult various experts within and outside the University:

Step 3: Learn from good examples

Impact is already visible in many forms. The examples below may help you formulate your own impact:

Step 4: Use the University network

There are many initiatives that help strengthen the impact of Leiden University. Find out how to increase your scientific and societal impact. We would be very interested to hear about the steps you take in this area, so that we can share your knowledge and experience with other researchers.

More information

If you have any questions, the Department of Academic Affairs will gladly help you.