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Making and measuring impact

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Maximising the impact from research is now a requirement of most research funders. But how do we plan, engage and monitor our knowledge exchange and collaboration activities to ensure we create impact, and can demonstrate this?

This one day training session will draw on the growing body of literature about research utilisation to explore and problematize the processes of research impact and measurement. The first part will focus on developing understandings of how research is taken up, used and re-used by non-academics, and how this process might lead to the kind of changes in awareness, policies and practices.  The second part will address issues in assessing impact, and allow participants to start to develop an impact framework for their own research.


The course covers:

  • How research is used in non-academic context
  • How to define and operationalise concepts of research impact
  • issues in assessing impact
  • how to develop an impact framework

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have a clearer evidence-based understanding of the processes of research utilisation and impact
  • Be able to draw on theoretical concepts of research utilisation to inform their own impact plans
  • Have started to develop an impact framework for their own research

Feel more confident and able to engage with the impact requirements of research funders

Participants should be able to think in detail about a research programme, project or body of work they wish to assess the impact of. This will be their worked example during the session

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Course Date

30th May 2017

Places Available

Course Leader

Dr Sarah Morton
Course Description

10.30   What is research impact?

11.30   Mapping your stakeholders - Who are they and how might they use your research?

12.00   Making an impact with research: what helps and hinders?

12.15   Exploring context and engaging your stakeholders -  Creativity in knowledge exchange

12.45   Lunch 

1.30 Logic models for impact assessment

1.50    Establishing your framework for impact

2.30    Using the literature to create key measures (R&A)

3.00    Identifying risks and assumptions

3.30    Identifying potential indicators of impact - Telling your story of impact

4.00    Conclusions and overview

4.15    Close

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