KEI Metrics and Indicators

Examples of evaluation measures for your KEI project

 Make sure you think about qualitative as well as quantitative feedback.

Mostly indicating dissemination or sharing:

OBJECTIVE: Working with partners and collaborators

  • Number of collaborative partners (academic or otherwise) engaged with research
  • Number of collaborators new to PI or project, or to LSE
  • Number of other institutions engaged (including through secondments)
  • Number of collaborative projects continuing beyond initial research or KE work
  • Number of new collaborative projects or project proposals
  • Number of skilled people moving into or out of LSE
  • Details of in‑kind contributions e.g. contribution of time, expertise, space
  • Value of cash contributions

OBJECTIVE: Disseminating research and its results beyond academia

  • Amount of traditional media coverage (press, television, radio etc.) and size of audiences
  • Amount of online / social media coverage and size of audiences
  • Number (and bibliographic details) of publications produced for non‑academic audiences
  • Number of contributions to external research‑related events
  • Number of research‑related events
  • Number of attendees at research‑related events


Mostly indicating engagement:

OBJECTIVE: Engaging general audiences outside academia

  • Amount of funding secured to sustain or extend initial engagement activities
  • Evidence of increased (non‑academic) engagement in or involvement with the research
  • Examples of staff providing invited testimonials or evidence to non‑academic audiences
  • Responses to coverage of research e.g. letters to a newspaper or online commentary
  • References to research on external organisations’ webpages or in their promotional materials
  • Sales or download figures for research outputs or online resources based on the research

OBJECTIVE: Engaging specialist audiences outside academia

  • Number (and where relevant value) of CPD or other training based on research
  • Number of advisory roles or memberships of expert groups
  • Number (and bibliographic details) of joint publications produced with non‑academic partners
  • Number of publications or other outputs for specific non‑academic audiences
  • Number of talks, workshops, lectures or seminars for specialist audiences outside academia
  • Number of languages into which outputs are translated; sales or download figures for these
  • Value of commissioned work or consultancy


Mostly indicating changes resulting from dissemination and engagement, i.e. impact

OBJECTIVE: Changing attitudes, awareness or understanding

  • Evidence of change in awareness, attitudes or understanding from e.g. independent surveys
  • Evidence of increased engagement with or enquiries to external organisations associated with the research (e.g. work on legal aid prompting enquiries to Citizens Advice Bureau)
  • Examples of engagement with or responses to research or media coverage of research, particularly where these show a new interest in or changed attitude toward a specific subject

OBJECTIVE: Changing policy or guidelines

  • Inclusion of research outputs on curricula; number of institutions (and students) using these
  • References to research in new or modified policies or laws
  • References to research in new or modified standards, guidelines or training guidance
  • References to research or researcher in political debate or policy‑making processes

OBJECTIVE: Changing practice, performance or outcomes

  • Changes in health indicators or outcomes for patients or related groups
  • Evidence of changing trends in key technical performance measures
  • Figures showing increased uptake of a service or product, including public services
  • Financial information showing e.g. increased turnover or profit, or jobs created or protected
  • Increase in visitor or audience numbers for external partners
  • Measures of improved public or other services e.g. from independent evaluations
  • Measures of improved local, national or international welfare, equality or inclusion
  • Measures of increased attainment in specific academic subjects in institutions using research to support teaching and learning in this area
  • Tourism or visitor data showing changes in patterns of visiting or engagement
  • Value to partners of adopting new or modified products, models, systems or processes based on research