This tool assists project teams to identify and clarify the role of next and end users at different stages of a project.
Why is it important?
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Background to the Impact Planning Tool
The Impact Planning Tool was adapted from the Synergy Matrix (Coutts, 2006) and trialled with science teams at AgResearch in 2014.
Key to the use of the tool is the identification of stakeholders and collaborators at the start of project planning and their roles in contributing to identification of needs and opportunities; participation in the research programme, either actively or passively; delivery or extension of that research, as well as their anticipated roles in achieving the desired impacts.
An in-house evaluation of the use of the impact planning tools suggested that the tool was most beneficial when used early on in the planning process, rather than when the 'thinking had been done already'. It also showed that the tool was useful for different types of science (fundamental versus applied) and could be used for a range of programme sizes.