The road to showing the impact of research is a long one. Reaching your destination is the objective of the journey, but actually moving in the right direction is also success. You need to look for success in different ways, as many as genuinely show movement. It's worth thinking about the journey in three stages: 1 Has the information reached people? (Output) 2 What have others done once they have the information? (Outcome) 3 What changes in policy or practice have come about? (Impact) The following good practice checklist presents some key elements of success stories at the output, outcome and impact stages of a research project.
CIMRC, Wallingford, UK, 3 pp.