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Talk about the impact of your work
We want to help you share the impact of your work. Impact is the difference your program is making in peoples’ lives.
What is an impact statement?
An impact statement is a brief summary of your work—written in language the average person can understand—that explains its value to society. A good impact statement answers the question: “So what?”
What do I do when I have an impact statement?
Let us know! EESC uses impact statements on its Bridges to Prosperity website, where we post examples of how the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Extension Service, and the Forest Research Laboratory are helping Oregonians and the state’s industries. This is a go-to website for legislative communication.
Is it really worth the bother?
When can you clearly and succinctly describe the difference your work is making in people's lives, you:
- Are more prepared to talk to reporters
- Help the public understand the importance of OSU Extension and Agriculture Experiment Station programs
- Let legislators know that what you do matters
- Increase your chances of future funding
Need help getting started?
See the following resources:
- NEW! Impact statement reporting course, an online, self-paced course that presents best practices for impact statement writing, specifically for Extension professionals. Available free to those who work at eXtension member institutions.
- Recorded webinar training on writing impact statements by Tiffany Woods (6/12/2015). Presentation starts at 2:25.
- Communicating Impact webinar by Deb Maddy and Peg Herring (4/10/2013).
- Creating Powerful Impact Statements, a College of Agricultural Sciences resource that includes examples of effective impact statements.
- National Land-Grant University System impacts website
Contact: Gail Wells, Public Issues Education Leader