There is no standardized approach to impact strategies, just like there is no standardized definition for what people mean when they use the word. We believe rigorous, research-based strategies, like the ones we employ, will help build consensus about what storytellers means when they say “impact,” and what they should expect from impact specialists.

In the meantime, we are happy to share resources we have found useful for exploring, funding, and measuring impact through storytelling.

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Doc society's Impact field guide

Widely considered the “impact bible” for anyone new to the impact space. Find helpful tools, strategies, and a case-study library through Doc Society’s comprehensive online impact guide. Visit the site

Academic & best practice resources

Harvard’s ComSciCon

ComSciCon is a series of workshops on the communication of complex and technical concepts organized by graduate students, for graduate students. Attendees meet and interact with professional communicators, build lasting networks in all fields of science and engineering, and write and publish original works.

University of Otago centre for science communication

Explore the university’s program for a wealth of information about science communication best practice and real-world applications in film/television, digital exhibits and museums, and through creative nonfiction writing.

Dr. Michael Dahlstrom, Iowa State University

Professor Michael Dahlstrom conducts interesting research on science communication, media, and storytelling which is relevant to those interested in understanding the academic foundation for work in the impact space.