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CRO: Adding Research Outputs, Impact, Engagement and Scholarly Activities

A guide to using the different forms in CRO / Pure to enter Impact, Engagement, Scholarly Activities, Awards, Press and Media, as well as the more traditional Research Outputs.

Adding a narrative

Use the following fields to provide the narrative of your research impact:

  1. Title
  2. Impact Summary
  3. Research outputs associated with the impact
  4. Research and engagement activities leading to impact
  5. Researcher involvement
  6. Outcomes of research leading to impact
  7. Beneficiaries of the impact
  8. Details of the impact achieved
  9. Period of time
  10. Category of impact
  11. Degree of recognition
Item/Field Description/Instructions

Provide a descriptive title for your impact case study.

Consider a wide audience for your title as this will become the case study headline on your CRO profile (if you wish to make it public).


Impact summary

Provide a brief and engaging summary of the research, beneficiaries and impacts.

Consider this the introduction or opening paragraph of your case study, to draw in the audience.


Research and engagement activities leading to impact Describe the research engagement or translation activities contributing to the impact. Consider answering the following questions:
  • Describe the research work/activities involved. 
  • Which research end-users or stakeholders were involved?
  • What is the degree of recognition of end-users and their audience ( i.e. who are their stakeholders, or what area is their jurisdiction?)
  • What kind of engagement activities were employed, and why were they selected?
  • When, where and how (face to face, virtual) were key engagement activities undertaken?
  • Describe any inputs (income, staff, IP, infrastructure etc) involved in research and engagement activities.


Research outputs associated with the impact

Describe the research underpinning the impacts. Consider answering the following questions:

  • How or why was the research initiated?
  • What did the research seek to investigate?
  • Was grant or other funding involved?
  • Who else contributed to the research and how?
  • Were there remarkable output publication achievements (journals, citations etc)?
  • Did your research aim to address a particular theory of change, or problem?

You will be able to link the related research outputs and grants in the ‘Relations’ section towards the end of this form.

Other researchers or organisations can be added, with their details in the ‘Participants and affiliations’ sections.


Researcher Involvement

Discuss your role, and that of others (both internal and external to Charles Sturt) in the engagement activities facilitating impacts.

If any of the engagement activity included in the case study has been assessed for RPI category B points already, this must be declared.

Outcomes of research leading to impact

Describe the outcomes arising from the research output and engagement activities. Consider answering the following questions:

  • What changed as a result of the research output or engagement?
  • How did the end-user implement the new information or knowledge?
  • What technologies, methods or equipment were developed or implemented?
  • What would have happened without the research or engagement activities?
  • Were there other factors contributing to the outcomes you describe (i.e. other influences, research or stakeholders)?

If you are unsure what the ‘outcomes’ of your research engagement are, refer to the information on the RPI webpage.

Note: The above questions may not apply to all engagement outcomes, they are provided as prompts only.


Beneficiaries of the impact

Describe the beneficiaries of the impact. This could be people, animals, the environment, an organisation or business or other beneficiary.

Consider answering the following questions:

  • Who or what benefited from the change/outcomes resulting from the research?
  • Were any beneficiaries adversely affected? If so, describe how.

Beneficiaries may not necessarily be the immediate end-users, they may be customers, stakeholders or secondary end-users.


Details of the impact achieved

Describe the impacts achieved, as precisely as you can.
Impacts achieved should be backed up with evidence, preferably from external sources.

Consider answering the following questions:

  • When did the impacts occur?
  • How have the impacts been measured or observed?
  • Why is this impact beneficial for end-users or beneficiaries?
  • What would have happened to the beneficiaries if the outcomes had not changed anything?

If you have any quantitative evidence of impacts, describe these broadly and reference evidence if you need to. Evidence can be attached in the section ‘Evidence (non-public)’.


Period of time

Provide the timeframe for when the impact occurred as either a specific date or period of time.
You do not need to include publication or engagement activity timings within the period of time. Consider when beneficiaries began experiencing impacts as the starting time.

If your impact case study is for RPI Category B assessment, the impact needs to have occurred and be measurable within the relevant reference period.


Category of impact:

  • Cultural impacts
  • Economic impacts
  • Environmental impacts
  • Other impacts
  • Public policy impacts
  • Quality of life impacts
  • Social impacts

Select the relevant category of impact. You may select more than one category.

Select categories in order of relevance, with the most relevant category first.

Avoid selecting all of the categories and limit your selection to the key categories impacted.

If you incorrectly select a category, you can remove them by click thing the ‘-‘ which appears on the right hand side of the category.


Category select

Degree of recognition

Indicate the degree of recognition of the scope of the impact.

Degree of recognition considers the geopgraphic scope of the impacts and/or beneficiaries.

How widely were the impacts experienced or observed?

You may only select one value, so select the most appropriate value which represents the widest scope of impact.

Degree of recognition

Continue to next section of the form by navigating to the Evidence tab.

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