As you think through ways to demonstrate policy and societal impact, be sure to look at evaluation frameworks to get ideas for research impact indicators.
Keep in mind that searching for this content is rarely linear. Mentions of research outputs in the resources below may use the author's name, or the title of the study--or just the university.
Below you will find examples of tools to use, and you can learn more about alternative indicators here.
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The resources below will help you see whether your research has been cited in policy documents.
The resources below will help you see whether your research has been mentioned in news resources or social media (Altmetric Explorer). Learn more about Altmetric Explorer and alternative metrics.
Use the resources below to identify usage statistics for your datasests.
The resources below will let you see where your journal article has been cited.
The resources below will help you see whether your research has been mentioned in legislation.
Alternative metrics (altmetrics) are public engagement indicators that measure interactions with publications in non-scholarly venues like blogs, tweets, article downloads, and shares.
Altmetrics can help researchers to tell a story about how people are engaging with their research outside of traditional academic paths such as citations and conferences. Altmetrics, such as mentions of research articles in YouTube videos, Wikipedia pages, tweets, or major news outlets, provide a qualitative complement to traditional quantitative measures like citation counts.