The inaugural Engagement and Impact Assessment took place in 2018 (EI 2018). EI 2018 assess how well researchers are engaging with end-users of research, and shows how universities are translating their research into economic, social, environmental, cultural and other impacts. 

The results of EI 2018 are presented in the Engagement and Impact Assessment 2018-19 National Report which is available via the ARC Data Portal, along with the highly rated impact studies and assessment outcomes. 

In 2019–20, the ARC will be reviewing EI (and its companion exercise Excellence in Research for Australia) to ensure it continues to reflect world’s best practice in research evaluation and respond to the needs of the university sector. 

The next round of EI will take place in 2024. 

ARC Data Portal

The ARC Data Portal contains:


On 7 December 2015 the Australian Government launched its National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). One of the measures under the agenda was for Australia to introduce a national assessment of the engagement and impact of university research. 

The methodology for EI 2018 was developed following consultation with university and industry stakeholders through a Steering Committee, working groups and a pilot study in 2017. The Engagement and Impact Assessment Pilot Report was released on 1 November 2017. The Pilot Report presented findings from the pilot that informed the methodology for the full assessment. 

EI 2018 was implemented as a companion exercise to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). The EI 2018 key documents outline the submission requirements for universities that participated in EI 2018. Assessment panel members, comprising a mix of academic and research end-user expertise, completed the assessment.