Impact and Aftercare
Increasingly funders and commissioners have grown concerned with what ‘effects’ a piece of research or a report analysing some key issues has when it is published. Sometimes this is expressed as a need for an ‘impact assessment’ into the effects that the research has had. This is especially important in seeking to influence policymaking. But what is equally important is a concern to look more broadly at the overall consequences of conducting research, writing and publishing a report for society, communities and, indeed, the individuals who may have participated in the research.