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Statement of Impact

What is an Impact Statement?

An Impact Statement:

  • Briefly summarizes, in lay terms, the difference that the diversity education activity has made.
  • States learning and other accomplishments and how they will improve Memorial's diversity situation.
  • Conveys accomplishments in simple language that is free of technical jargon.

Your impact audience is the public: local, provincial, and federal officials, your peers, external grantors, and the Memorial University community.

Impact statements follow a simple formula:

  1. Your name and contact information
  2. Issue or problem statement that the diversity education activity addressed.
  3. Action statement. It describes how the diversity education activity helped resolve the problem. Make sure you state the "problem", and then follow up with how the education activity made a difference.
  4. Impact - the benefits. The impact of your works is in the answer to the question "What is the payoff?" An impact could include quotes from those who have benefited from your education. Not all impacts are quantitative; some are improvements in quality of life or a change in attitudes or aspirations. For example, an increased awareness of the value of a diverse campus might be an impact.
  5. Any good news stories, collaborators or networks that you feel were valuable and perhaps unanticipated results of the activity.

Adapted from http://www.efars.cals.vt.edu/eFARS/documents/WritingImpactStatements.html

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