A Guide to Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI)

What is it? Why do it? How can you get started? 

Practical advice to help you plan and deliver engagement activities

These activities make it more likely that your research and expertise will make a difference to the ways in which questions, events or problems are understood and addressed around the world.

Who is this guide for?

Anyone conducting or supporting research at LSE and interested in engaging beyond the School to enhance its contribution to society. The guide gives an overview of KEI, how to get started and details of the support available at LSE to help you. It has been put together by the LSE KEI Integrated Service.

To discuss how LSE can support your knowledge exchange and impact activites please contact research.kei@lse.ac.uk

KEI Guide


Below you will find some comprehensive, though not exhaustive, lists of examples of KEI beneficiaries, activities and indicators using the kind of language favoured by funders and assessors. These may help you broaden your thinking in the planning stages of your KEI projects and in writing your funding applications or reports.

  • 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.
  • KEI Metrics and Indicators – Examples of relevant data to capture during KE activities.

KEI Inspiration

Still not sure how to fit these activities into your research?

No matter what stage of your research project you are at there is an opportunity for KEI activities, find out how with our What can I do when? guide.

Browse these examples of KEI activities previously funded by the LSE KEI Fund and find out more about central KEI initiatives you can be a part of, or see this advice from colleagues who have been involved in KEI projects.