In October 2013, CommsConsult worked in partnership with Falmouth University and the University of Exeter to facilitate a one-day workshop aimed at providing researchers with a greater knowledge of approaches and tactics for maximising the impact of their research.
Held in the Sandpit room of the AIR (Academy of Innovation and Research) Studio, a diverse group of knowledge brokers, academics, students, and researchers were brought together. The day included guest presentations from Dr. Michael Wykes (University of Exeter), Dr. Misha Myers (Falmouth University) and Dr. Caitlin DeSilvey (University of Exeter). Presentations were also heard from the CommsConsult team.
The event provided a structured framework that participants could use to break-down problems associated with maximising the influence of their research beyond the academy. The mix of participants and speakers brought a wealth of experience to bear on discussion topics.
Workshop learning included:
Thinking strategically about your research
Designing the impact journey using a Theory of Change
- Approaches to evidencing impact in your own research
Participants were split into groups and encouraged to discuss their own research projects in relation to the topics and areas discussed during the presentation sessions. Particular consideration was given to how researchers can think about impact and engaging the public from the start of a research project. As such, the event moved focus away from REF2014 toward a more holistic understanding of the opportunities impact and engagement present for researchers to increase the influence of their research.
Watch a video summarising the day here.