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.

These are not exhaustive examples, but may help you broaden your thinking in the planning stages of your KEI projects and write your funding applications or report (using the language favoured by funders and assessors).

CATEGORY Society and Community; Media; Arts, Heritage and Culture; Visitors, Tourists and Tourism

POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES

  • Artists and practitioners
  • Arts, heritage, and culture
  • Heritage sites
  • Libraries and archives
  • Media professionals
  • Museums
  • Performing arts
  • Religious organisations
  • Specific communities or groups
  • Visitors, tourists
  • Wider public

POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON

  • Arts and heritage policy, governance and funding
  • Community cohesion or regeneration
  • Creative practice and expression amongst practitioners
  • Cultural life of a community, region or nation
  • Cultural understanding of issues and phenomena, shaping or informing public attitudes and values
  • Public engagement with cultural heritage and / or the arts
  • Influencing media discourse relating to research
  • Outreach and engagement of marginalised or under‑represented groups
  • Preservation, conservation and presentation of local, national, international cultural heritage
  • Processes of commemoration, memorialisation and reconciliation
  • Production of cultural artefacts e.g. films, novels, music, art
  • Public awareness, attitudes or understanding
  • Public discourse or debate
  • Public engagement with research
  • Quality of tourist or visitor experiences
  • The work of community organisations

CATEGORY Civil Society, Social Justice, Public Policy, Justice, Rights & Welfare

POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES

  • Advocacy groups or lobbyists
  • Citizens
  • Charitable organisations
  • Courts
  • EU or other European organisations
  • Intergovernmental organisations
  • Local / regional governments
  • Military
  • National governments
  • NGOs
  • Policy makers
  • Public Bodies
  • Quangos
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Specific communities or groups (UK or elsewhere)
  • Think tanks

POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON

  • Access to justice and other opportunities (including employment and education)
  • Capacity to fulfil treaty or reporting obligations
  • Decisions by a public service or regulatory authority
  • Ethical standards
  • Evidence based policy
  • Human development
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian action and relief (including monitoring or evaluation of these)
  • International development
  • International guidelines or policy (governmental or otherwise)
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal and other frameworks
  • Legislative change, development of legal principle or effect on legal practice
  • National, regional or local guidelines or policy (governmental or otherwise)
  • Standards or contents of policy discussion and debate
  • Political and legislative processes
  • Public awareness, attitudes or understanding
  • Public participation in political and social processes
  • Public spending decisions
  • Security
  • Social welfare, equality and inclusion
  • Understanding of minority linguistic, ethnic, religious, immigrant, cultures and communities
  • Understanding of standards of wellbeing and human rights

CATEGORY Economies, Commerce & Organisations (including Public Sector Organisations)

POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES

  • Commercial / industry organisations and their users or clients
  • Economies (local, regional, national, international)
  • Professional practitioners (individuals or bodies)
  • Public sector organisations and their users
  • Regulators

POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON

  • Access to finance
  • Access to public services
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Development of new or modified standards or protocols
  • Development of alternative economic models (e.g. fair trade)
  • Development, trialling and delivery of new materials, products or technology
  • Development, trialling and delivery of new methodologies, frameworks or systems
  • Economic prosperity (any geographic level)
  • Enhanced organisational effectiveness and sustainability (any organisation)
  • Improved or enhanced customer /client/ audience experience
  • Institution of new businesses or other organisations
  • Inter‑organisational understanding, cooperation or effectiveness
  • Investment in research and development
  • Jobs and employment
  • Mitigation or reduction of potential harm
  • Performance or productivity (including reduction of costs/waste)
  • Quality of public services
  • Regeneration
  • Regulation or governance
  • Strategy, operations or management practices within any business or organisations
  • Take‑up or use of public services

CATEGORY Human Health & Wellbeing

POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES

  • Health or medical regulators
  • NHS and its users
  • Other health systems or services and their users
  • Patients and related group

POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON

  • Access to or take‑up of healthcare services or related resources
  • Control and understanding of diseases
  • Costs within a health system or service
  • Decisions by a health service or regulatory authority
  • Development, trialling or delivery of new or modified clinical or lifestyle intervention
  • Development, trialling or delivery of new or modified diagnostic or clinical technology
  • Development, trialling or delivery of new or modified drug
  • Development, trialling or delivery of new or modified guidelines (including for e.g. training and ethical standards)
  • Experiences for patients or related groups
  • Improvements in quality of life or lifestyle
  • Indicators of health and well‑being
  • Outcomes for patients or related groups
  • Prevention of harm
  • Public awareness of a health risk or benefit
  • Public health and quality of life
  • Public understanding, attitudes or behaviour relating or health or wellbeing
  • Specific costs of an intervention

CATEGORY Built & Natural Environments

POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES

  • Construction and related industries
  • Specific communities or groups
  • Conservationists and associated practitioners
  • Natural environments (including flora and fauna)
  • Specific communities or groups
  • Wider public

POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON

  1. Built environments (buildings, cities, public spaces etc.)
  2. Infrastructure
  3. Planning
  4. Sustainability
  5. Transport
  6. Natural environments
  7. Animal health and welfare
  8. Biodiversity
  9. Conservation
  10. Environmental policy
  11. Environmental standards
  12. Mitigating or reducing risks posed by natural hazards
  13. Natural resources including energy, water and food
  14. Public awareness or behaviours relevant to the environment
  15. Understanding of environmental risks or hazards (including climate change and emissions)

CATEGORY Education & Training; Professional Practice; Research

POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES

  • Academic disciplines
  • Non‑UK Higher Education: research or teaching
  • UK Higher Education: teaching (beyond LSE)
  • Schools
  • Research beyond Higher Education
  • Vocational and continuing education
  • Professional or practitioner bodies
  • Professional or practitioner groups or individuals

POSSIBLE IMPACTS ON

  • Academic performance
  • Access to higher education
  • Curricula and educational content
  • Delivery of highly skilled researchers
  • Development and delivery of training resources
  • Development, content and delivery of CPD (or other) training
  • Educational assessment
  • Educational practice
  • Enhancing the knowledge economy
  • Health and vitality of academic disciplines
  • Professional practice (in any sector)
  • Professional standards (in any sector)
  • Professional understanding (in any sector)
  • Public / community teaching and learning
  • Teaching and education beyond LSE
  • Uptake of specialised subjects
  • Worldwide academic advancement