Science and Heritage Programme


Assessment of research impact

The principles for the assessment of research impact will be based on those that have been set out by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE):

  • To identify impact from excellent research funded by the Science and Heritage Programme.  Project partners form the academic sectors and independent research organisations are encouraged to achieve the full potential of impact across a broad range of research activities;
  • To use a wide definition of impact including benefits to the economy, society, culture, public policy and services, health, environment, international development, quality of life and public engagement with research;
  • To assess impact that has already occurred, underpinned by excellent research over a sufficiently long time-frame to allow the impacts to become evident.  Interim and potential impacts will be assessed as long as a change or benefit within the period is clearly identifiable;
  • To assess impact in terms of whole projects not at the level of individual researchers;
  • To focus on assessing selected case studies of impact that have arisen from across the Science and Heritage Programme portfolio;
  • To recognise impacts arising from excellent research of all kinds.
Rock art panel, Chatton Park Northumberland. Image © B.Kerr

Rock art panel, Chatton Park Northumberland. Image © B.Kerr