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 The Statewides: Our Impact 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:
- 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: Chris Branam, Public Issues Education Leader