Showing the impact of creative works isn't as straightforward as counting citations or using a citation-based metric to measure the impact of a journal article or monograph. However, this doesn't mean that showing the impact of creative works is impossible. Scholars that produce a combination of scholarly and creative works can use a broad range of methods to demonstrate both types of works' overall impact, originality, significance, and influence.
This page of the guide can help you use a combination of methods that work best for your creative work. Not all works can use the same methods, so it's best to check in with colleagues to see what methods they use and then think about which methods will best suit the type of work you produce.
For scholarly works that produce citations and other methods, please check out this guide's Citations & Metrics for the Arts & Humanities page.
Telling the broader picture of your creative work is what's most important when looking to demonstrate the impact of your work. You can use a combination of methods, including quantitative and qualitative, but providing the context surrounding why your work is essential, significant, or contributes something of value to your field will be the most helpful.
When it comes time to evaluate the impact of your creative works, using a narrative approach will help to provide context to your work. As stated elsewhere in this guide, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative measurements of impact will help show the broader picture of your work so you can tell the story of why it's an important contribution to your field, your department/college, your institution, the general public and/or the world.