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How to monitor and evaluate your impact project using IMT and IER?


Impact Master Tracking (IMT)

The methods for evaluating impacts are as numerous and diverse as the research and impacts they seek to evaluate. There is no “gold standard” method, checklist or standard process. Reed et al. (2021) categorised type impact evaluation design into four;

● Experimental and statistical methods

● Systems analysis methods

● Textual, oral and arts-based methods

● Indicator-based approaches

● Evidence synthesis approaches

Details of the typology of research impact evaluation designs can be found here.

We now introduced you to Indicator-based approaches tools, IMT and IER that can be used to identify variables that indicate the achievement of impacts.

IMT is a tool to track research projects or programs in a periodical manner such as 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. The table below is a template for tracking the research projects or programs’ outcomes that are based on activity indicators. Target and achievement for each activity indicator are quantified based on either number or percentage. The template is ready to be applied once the impact, outcome and target are set. Achievements, source of verification, assumptions/threats and progress status can be updated according to the periodical tracking schedule.

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Impact Evaluation Rubric (IER)

This part will guide how to evaluate the impact using the Impact Evaluation Rubric (IER). IER is a template for researchers or project managers to evaluate the impact of research, projects, or programs. The IER is an evaluation rubric to evaluate the impact of research, projects, or programs that have been achieved. The evaluation of impact can be passed from the IMP template. The impact categories resulting from the IER are: Below impact, Meet impact, Marginal impact, Excellent impact and Beyond impact.

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