Expand the Impact of KU Research in Kansas and Beyond


The University of Kansas aims to be an exceptional learning community that lifts each other, contributes to the wider scholarly enterprise and advances society. To measure and expand the impact of our research, KU focuses on research contributions in three key areas: academia; projects focused on core communities in our home state and beyond; involvement of students in research and their training to become future researchers.  

The following metrics have been identified as key ways we can contribute to this overall objective. This data lets us reflect on our historical trajectory, while also setting targets for future performance. 


Citation Count

When research is cited by others in scholarly work, this demonstrates that published research is being consumed and is contributing to ongoing scholarship in a field with potential benefit to society. Citation counts are one of the few metrics that can easily assess the impact of scholarship globally and over a long period of time. Publication rates and citation numbers vary between disciplines, and citation counts can be interpreted within a disciplinary context.


Rural Kansas Service Award Expenditures

Kansas is our home and conducting research that serves the State is at the heart of our mission. Kansas is home to communities of diverse sizes, from cities to farming towns to tiny hamlets and KU research recognizes the distinctive issues faced by different types of community. One way KU does that is to commit resources specifically to research focused on rural Kansas. Used as a metric, tracking the impact of units engaged in rural Kansas service indicates the vital importance of our research to all Kansans.


Community Engaged Research Participation

Community-engaged research fosters collaborations among groups with a goal of addressing issues that affect the well-being of the people within the group. A key element of community-engaged research is open communication between the researchers and the community stakeholders. Based on the goal of community-based research to improve a group’s well-being and the partnerships that are established, outcomes of the research are likely to have an immediate positive impact on the community.


Undergraduate Research

One of the greatest benefits of research conducted at a university is its positive impact on student education and career development. For undergraduates, particularly, participation in research reinforces concepts learned through coursework and provides a foundation for lifelong discovery and growth. Undergraduate researchers are more likely to pursue graduate degrees, which has additional benefits for students, the university, and the state.