Impact Helper

What is impact and why does it matter? Can it be measured? How to create and maximise impact in your research? Why are the UN SDGs relevant? This guide helps you answer these questions and more.


Impact has become an essential part of research funding applications and more and more funders require researchers to describe not only the scientific impact but also the wider societal changes research can enable.

Impact Helper covers the basics of the concept of research impact, impact pathways, possible stakeholders, and ways to maximise and measure impact. The guide will also assist you in finding links between your research and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Impact Helper also provides a template with guiding questions to help map out your impact and linkages to the UN SDGs.

Impact Helper is developed by research support and funding specialists at the University of Oulu to help both researchers as well as supporting staff to create real impact.