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Societal impact tools: Other impact tools

Other Impact tools

Tool DIY Impact tracking Impact
Impact Tracker           Impact Tracker is a cloud-based software platform that allows researchers, academics and professional staff to easily identify, capture and manage institutional research data. It is a unique framework that allows the user to develop and track impact case studies and support them with evidence.

Impact Tracker guides researchers or members of research team to plan, capture and evidence their projects including what might be appropriate indicators to measure and report.


Qualtrics Qualtrics is an online survey tool that can be used to capture feedback and participation.

Can be used to capture peer and public (audience) feedback for cultural, social and civic events.

More information about Qualtrics.


Tool Track conversation around your research Impact
Altmetric Download the free Bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Also view information about the free Altmetric badge and Altmetric API.

Provides online share information, mentions for individual articles, social media mentions, media mentions, some policy mentions and other mentions (such as wikipedia, blogs)

Altmetric Explorer Altmetric Explorer tracks engagement with your work in online sources including public policy documents, media, patents, social media, blogs and post-publication peer review platforms. Provides an “attention score”, indicating the overall amount of attention received by the output relative to other tracked outputs.
PlumX Metrics

PlumX Metrics gathers and brings together appropriate research metrics and altmetrics for all types of scholarly research output.  

Currently available when searching Scopus.

Historical data available through EBSCO databases as partnership to be discontinued. 

PlumX Metrics are categorized into 5 groups:

  • Usage
  • Captures
  • Mentions
  • Social media
  • Citations
Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit can help you understand a specific disciplinary metric including:

  • how the metric is calculated
  • where to find it
  • whether it's appropriate for you
Each example lists appropriate / inappropriate use cases and limitations.


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