There is an increasing focus on demonstrating the impact of research, particularly following the Research Excellence Framework 2014. There has been less focus on activity involving non-academic stakeholders prior to the dissemination stage. Funders such as the National Institute of Health Research make the involvement of service users or public contributors a key criterion for funding and increasingly other funders encourage such involvement in the design, critical appraisal and management of research, in addition to dissemination. The first half of the session will present how the public can be involved in research management and will discuss how to manage public involvement and engagement as a leader working in research management. Supporting research impact often involves trying to answer difficult questions, particularly “what kind of evidence should I be collecting?” To help answer that question at Brunel, we put together a resource to assist researchers to categorise their impact, and identify the types of evidence which could support an impact case study for REF2021. The second half of the session will focus on our process, how the guide was received by researchers at Brunel and participants will be invited to share their own experiences of supporting impact preparations.
Key Learning Points:
Learn different ways of working with non-academic audiences, how to involve the public in health research, build practical skills in engaging and involving seldom heard/hard to reach groups, learn where to get further opportunities for learning and development. Develop insight into approaches for supporting researchers compiling evidence for impact case studies.
|Jo Lakey||Brunel University London|
|Louise Atkins||Brunel University London|
|Doreen Tembo||NIHR Evaluation Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre & University of Southampton|
|Theme:||Public Engagement and Impact, Translation|
|Level:||Operational / Administration|
|Date:||6th Jun 2017|
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