Knowledge Engagement Impact Assessment Toolkit

The University of Calgary’s Knowledge Engagement team developed a Knowledge Engagement Impact Assessment toolkit that equips researchers with tools, and training to support them in assessing, generating data, and reporting on the impact of their knowledge engagement work.

Steps to use the Knowledge Engagement Impact Assessment toolkit in your knowledge engagement work:

  • To begin, please watch the Knowledge Engagement Impact Assessment Toolkit: Training Video.

The training video offers instructions on how to use the knowledge engagement impact assessment toolkit.

  • Read the usage guide. The usage guide will assist you on how to use the Knowledge Engagement Impact Assessment toolkit.
  • As per the video’s and user guide’s instructions, complete the knowledge engagement self-assessment matrix. The knowledge engagement self-assessment matrix will provide you with the opportunity to identify knowledge engagement activities, plan, monitor, and assess the impact of their knowledge engagement activity using impact indicators, and apply qualitative metrics to weigh the impact of each knowledge engagement activity to determine a total weighted impact score.
  • With the guidance of the video’s and user guide’s instructions, complete an assessment portrait to tell your knowledge engagement story. Within the assessment portrait, there will be prompting categories and questions to support you in telling your story.

You are most welcome to use and adapt the tool for their own activities, projects, and research programs.

If you are looking to improve your weighted impact score, check out the resources on Research Impact Canada’s resources page.

To learn more about the University of Calgary’s dedication to research impact for the communities who need it most through knowledge engagement, check out the videos below:

In addition to sharing the University of Calgary’s commitment to research impact, Dr. William Ghali, Vice-President (Research) shares how knowledge engagement can be useful and meaningful in serving our community in this collective journey.

Dr. Penny Pexman, Associate Vice-President (Research) highlights the significance of knowledge engagement, and intentional impact assessment to ensure that the research reaches that the communities that it can help the most. Dr. Penny Pexman also introduces the REAP Self-Assessment Model, which combines research and community engagement indicators.

This work was funded by The Conference Board of Canada through the Government of Canada‘s Future Skills Centre. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Future Skills Centre, its funder, or its partners.

Future Skills Centre is a partnership of Ryerson University, The Conference Board of Canada, and Blueprint.