Given the time and resources that can be spent on KE related activities, it is important to establish how effective they have been in helping you meet your original goals.
Evaluation can be formal or informal and can include ongoing elements as well as end of activities reflections and assessments. Ensuring resources (staff time and specialist input from evaluators for example) are in place to evaluate how KE activities have influenced other researchers, contacts and stakeholders is essential.
It is important and helpful to keep records of any activities associated with research impact at all stages of the research process. This helps maintain networks with potential stakeholders and, eventually, ease the process evaluating research impact. Updating your grant award record in Researchfish regularly will help with this process.
Reviewing the impact of your KE activities as part of a mid term assessment of your research's progress is advised. Involving other researchers and those people who were the intended beneficiaries of your KE activities can help you continue with the activities you have planned, to adjust them or to replace them with activities that could be more effective.
Making arrangements for information about your research to be available after you have completed it will be helpful for non academic stakeholders who may approach some years after the original work was completed. The Research Councils place summaries of all the research we fund on the Gateway to Research website. ESRC impact acceleration accounts can support the application and use of previously funded research.