Managing the KnowledgeExchange ProcessInnovation through Knowledge Transfer 2013Razia Shariff & Naomi LandauThird Sector Research Centre
An intro to TSRC• National research centre set up to researchvoluntary, community and social enterprise• Broad spectrum of research, including:– service delivery, ‘below the radar’, social enterprise– Policy context, economic and social impact, workforce and volunteers– Qualitative and quantitative - new data sets, longitudinal case studyresearch• Funded by ESRC, Office for Civil Society and BarrowCadbury Trust• Universities of Birmingham and Southampton
The impact of Knowledge Exchange?Knowledge Exchange Team:• Set up to help research to have an impact• ‘Exchange’ approach: achieve impact by involvingstakeholders throughout the research, two-way/circular processAims of paper:• How KE process leads to impact: activities,conditions, contextual factors• 3 case studies
K* spectrumBelow the radar: processimpactQualitative: conceptualimpactSocial enterprise: instrumental impact
Variables to think aboutNeed to know the existing networks of researchersand their level of engagement with stakeholdersNeed to understand the appetite in policy andpractice for the research findingsDifferent types of research lend themselves well todifferent types of KE interventionsWe need to consider:relational processes,conceptual problematicsmechanisms to generate impact.
ReflectionsNeed to Understand:the nature of the research, what and who itwants to influenceThe researchers propensity to engage withstakeholdersThe current context and appetite for theresearch knowledge
ConclusionsRelational activity and co-production keyKE must be inter twinned throughout theresearch process in order to generate impactNeed to think about how to influence action,the TSRC Futures Dialogues offers possibilitiesfor the future