Impact at HDR UK is defined as:

Evidence of better health research through the use of better data infrastructure with demonstrable positive effects on:

  • Health data science methods and technology
  • Public trust
  • Health and well-being
  • Decision-making
  • Research culture and capacity   

This definition covers HDR UK’s potential impacts across time and programmes. Due to the long-term nature of delivering impactful change to people’s lives (generally 10 to 20 years), this definition will likely be used in the short term to measure our progress towards the potential of impact.

In line with HDR UK’s ambitions to redesign research assessment, the Impact Framework captures the value of team science in producing impact – and the culture that enables this. Of note, the framework is not meant to constrain impacts and programmes may make impacts across several areas.