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How to write an impact case

KTH has put together documents that are useful when writing an impact case. Below is a template for writing a simple impact case as well as a detailed guide on how to write a strong case that tells the story all the way from underlying research and education to actual impact on society.


Use these headlines when writing a simple impact case.

Title of case study

  • 'Case study concerning the impact of research:xxx '


  • 'Case study concerning the impact of education: xxx'

Summary of the impact 

Maximum 150 words, including:

  • An explanation of the nature of the impact, how far-reaching it is/who the beneficiaries are, and how significant the benefits are (reach and significance)
  • Explain the main activities that led to the impact stated.

Underpinning research

Maximum 200 words, including:

  • An outline of the underpinning research was when this was undertaken and by whom.
  • Research publications (maximum eight, including the number of citations)

Sources to support the impact case

Maximum five:

  • External reports
  • Documents
  • Links to web pages
  • Contact details of a user(s) to corroborate the impact
  • Factual statements already provided by key users/beneficiaries to corroborate the impact

Word template - Impact case (docx 27 kB)

In need of assistance? Contact your school's impact communicator.

Detailed guide

This in-depth detailed guide (primarily for KTH faculty) is practical when wanting to write a strong impact case:

Guide to write impact cases (for KTH faculty) (pdf 220 kB)

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