Although they are similar in many ways, impact and public engagement are different
- Impact is the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. It can include policy development, commercial exploitation, health interventions, and new techniques in a wide range of work and leisure. For more on impact have a look here.
- Public Engagement is the two way sharing with the public of the activity and benefits of research. It involves interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit. It can include exhibitions, talks, broadcasts, and debates. For more on public engagement have a look here.