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Impact on the research dance floor Line dance, tango or ceilidh? Drs. Astrid Wissenburg Economic and Social Research Council / Research Councils UK
Research Councils UK Partnership of the UK’s seven Research Councils. Annually invest around £3 billion in research. Support research that contributes to a productive economy, healthy society and a sustainable world. Work with a range of partners to support exchange of knowledge from the research base into the private, public and third sectors Establishing an ongoing dialogue between the research community and the public, to ensure society can benefit more fully from the outputs of research
Research Councils UK & Impact Committed to excellence with impact: this means continuing to invest in the best research, people and infrastructure, whilst aiming to enhance the impact of that funding on society. Recognise that the research we fund has both academic and economic and societal impacts, i.e. The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy by: –Fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the UK –Increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy –Enhancing quality of life, health and creative output
Conceptual Shifts our understanding of policy/practice Reframing debates Capacity-building Technical / professional skills development Instrumental Influencing the development of policy / practice Shaping behaviourAltering legislation Cultural change Increased willingness to engage in knowledge exchange activities Changed mindsets Enduring connectivity Establishment of enduring relationships – indicator future impacts Pathways to impact vary Impacts range from instrumental to more subtle Pathways to Impact
What steps lead to impact? Example Birth Cohort Study Scoping and specifying the research agenda Commissioning the research Managing the research Research use and impact Social scientists Medical researchers Government depts. Business sector Third sector Teachers etc Data and privacy activists Parents ‘General’ public Social scientists Medical researchers Government depts. Participants Social scientists Medical researchers Government depts. Business& third sector Teachers etc Data and privacy activists Parents ‘General’ public Media
Who is who?
Configurations of engagement: Line dance –Show and follow –One size fits all –Imitation –Not connecting
Tango Close 1-1 relationship Trust Party for 2 Precision
Ceilidh Complex Extendable Flexible Varying configurations
Engagement in practice – what works? Established networks & relationships with research users Awareness of the policy & practice context Users involved at the outset and throughout (Co- Production) Early and well-planned user engagement and knowledge exchange strategy Accessible findings (language, format) Credibility - portfolios of research activity that build reputations with research users Good infrastructure and management support Role for intermediaries & brokers as translators, amplifiers, network providers
Research councils expectations RCUK Expectations for Societal and Economic Impact –demonstrate an awareness of the social and ethical implications of their research, beyond usual research conduct considerations, and take account of public attitudes towards those issues –publish results widely – considering the academics, user and public audiences for research outcomes Concordat for Engaging the Public with Research –ensuring that you have thought through how and why public engagement is relevant to your area of research, and the benefits it can bring. Access to research outputs RCUK Common Principles on Data Policy ……..
Research Councils support Funding –ESRC Knowledge exchange opportunities scheme –Festival of Social Science Training –Media training Guidance –ESRC Impact toolkit –www.socialscienceforschools.org.uk Infrastructure –ESRC Research Catalogue –RCUK Gateway to Research
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