While impact focuses on long-term, sustainable and often systemic change, outcome refers to services and achievements with a direct effect.

Academic outcome centres on the question how successfully the students completed the course and how they and others perceive their achievements. Lecturers have to consider the completion rate and the quality of the examination achievements. This also includes the seminar evaluation carried out by the students themselves. 

The outcome for cooperation partners in civil society is multifaceted and includes every effect achieved due to the concrete activities performed by the students. The spectrum of possible results ranges from specific product ideas and marketing concepts to research reports and practical guidelines as well as donations and concrete project implementation. 

At the meta-level, students and other participants should also consider the cooperation partners’ approaches that were modified, improved or made more sustainable by the material results.