KEI Toolkit

Opportunities for KEI activity occur throughout the research lifecycle; the modules here are designed to provide guidance and inspiration relevant to activities at any point in that journey. We hope that they will provide a useful starting point for your KEI journey at LSE.

Our future depends on your ability to positively impact the world

As well as an introduction to KEI at LSE, this toolkit provides guidance on writing an impact strategy for grant applications; suggestions about who might benefit from the use of your research; information about the methods and activities to engage research users; and examples of the kinds of metrics and indicators that funders and others are using to understand the impacts of research.

To discuss how LSE can support your knowledge exchange and impact activites please contact Rozia Hussain ( in the Research Division or Louise Jones ( in the Communications Division.

KEI Toolkit Modules

  • An Introduction to Knowledge Exchange and Impact at LSE
  • Beneficiaries of Impact – Examples of the potential users and beneficiaries of your LSE research, as well as suggestions for where and how your research might deliver impact.
  • Methods and Activities Supporting KEI – Examples to help you think as broadly and creatively as possible about what you might do to increase the visibility and accessibility of your work.
  • Examples of KEI Metrics and Indicators – A helpful module for thinking strategically about what, when and how you can capture relevant data during KE activities.
  • KEI Guidance for Grant Applications – This module provides you with a framework to start developing an impact plan.
  • Embedding KEI Within the Research Lifecycle – Prompts and reminders about some of the key questions and activities to consider at each of six major stages of a research life cycle. 
  • How to Tell Your Impact Story – Whoever you’re writing for, case studies are a really good way to present impact. The goal is to tell a compelling story about how your research led to change in or benefit to the economy, society, or culture. 
  • Examples of LSE Research Impact – This module showcases four examples of research impact, presented here as case studies. Many more examples of the diverse impacts of our research can be found on the Research Portal.
  • Planning an Event – A handy checklist for organising an event at LSE. 
  • Academic Blogging – This module looks at some of the main ways that academics use blogging as a method for knowledge exchange.
  • Maximising Access to your Research – Information about how the Library can support you in maximising the accessibility – and tracking the uptake – of your research outputs throughout and beyond the research lifecycle.
  • Consultancy and KEI – LSE Consulting provides an opportunity for you to challenge accepted perceptions, concepts and ideas and apply your research to real issues influencing policy makers, businesses and governments around the world.


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KEI in action: Knowledge exchange as real world impact