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  • Knowledge Transformation in the Third Sector: plotting practical ways to have an impact International Conference on Innovations through Knowledge Transfer 7 th – 8 th December 2010, Coventry Razia Shariff Head, Knowledge Exchange Team THIRD SECTOR RESEARCH CENTRE, UK
  • OVERVIEW Third Sector Research Centre Knowledge Exchange Strategy Knowledge Exchange Impact Matrix Monitoring and Evaluating knowledge exchange TSRC Model implications Reflections
  • Third Sector Research Centre
    • Aim To make a difference in policy, practice & academia
    • Academic Knowledge developed
    • Practitioner Community able to access & use research knowledge to enhance their work
    • Economic and social impact of sector evidenced and strengthened
    • Policy, funding and decision making informed through an accessible evidence base
  • BACKGROUND
    • First national ESRC research centre on the Third Sector, co-funded by the Office of Civil Society
    • Dedicated Knowledge Exchange Team based in a national third sector organisation
    • Opportunity to offer a ‘step change’ in linear models of knowledge transfer to a more participatory and interactive model of engaging stakeholders in the research process
    • Structure of TSRC includes stakeholder engagement at the strategic and operational levels
  • OUR KE STRATEGY
    • To bridge gaps and build understanding between research, decision making, policy making and practice
    • To ensure that the experience and knowledge of policy and decision makers, practitioners and funders informs our research
    • To make knowledge available in meaningful and accessible ways so that it can be used by policy and decision makers, practitioners and funders
    • To ensure we reach those isolated from existing research knowledge flows
  • Advisory Board Reference Groups TSRC 1. Review of Literature 2. Identify Research Streams 3. Establish engagement mechanisms 4. Ensure ongoing participation 5. Knowledge exchange & feedback 6. Promote and publicise 7. Identify new areas of research Third Sector Stakeholders Decision makers and policy implementers Funders & Commissioners Non academic researchers Academic Researchers Practitioners Media and Publicists Local and national policy makers
  • TOOLS AND METHODS
    • Website and links to other websites
    • Publicity Materials and e-bulletin’s
    • Published materials
    • Building contacts and expanding reach
    • Media and press work
    • Events and workshops
    • Monitoring, evaluation and refine approach to ensure cover the diversity and depth of the sector
  • MATRIX ANALYSIS Lack of guidance available for planning and evaluating knowledge broker interventions Robeson et al (2008) Limited research knowledge on how knowledge exchange works in different contexts Ward 2009a & Jackson-Bowers 2006 Need to develop understanding on different knowledge exchange activities and their effectiveness Knowledge Exchange Impact Matrix plots and compares activities undertaken by KET to date
  • Meaningful knowledge exchange More stakeholders impacted Fewer stakeholders impacted Media advertising Stands at VCS Conferences Inserts/ publicity in delegate packs Website, discussion board, blogs, using social media Research presentations at events Sharing information on sector debates and reports News articles in specialist and general media Advisory Board and Reference Groups Co-hosting events based on research streams in partnership with partner organisations Articles in Academic Journals A B C D Dissemination of research knowledge Impact events on research papers Policy symposium with media, policy and practice Stands at meetings and seminars Facilitating workshops on research areas Capacity Building Clusters (CBC) Attending targeted events TV/Radio interview
  • MONITORING AND EVALUATING
    • Conceptual Framework
    • Inputs, process, outputs, reach, audience, initial outcomes, intermediate outcomes and intended long term outcomes (based on John Hopkins Bloomberg School, 2006)
    • Data Collection Methods
    • Routine recording of website use and downloads, user surveys, research use through content analysis
    • Other methods
    • As part of our performance management review we will undertake in-depth qualitative realistic evaluation (Pawson and Tilley 1997)
    • Holding impact events ( based on ODI, RAPID Model)
  • IMPLICATIONS OF USING THE MATRIX
    • Don’t equate high number of citations and media coverage as key indication of success
    • Don’t explore different stakeholders sector cultures and ways of working or existing understanding
    • Doesn’t consider actual impact of interactions after activity or additional exchange created by cascading research knowledge
    • Focus on the quality of the knowledge exchange activity and the meaningful interaction created to influence research policy and practice
  • REFLECTIONS
    • Knowledge Exchange should not be an add on or supplementary after research has been undertaken but integrated into the research process
    • Need to consider resource implications of ongoing interactions and implementing research findings
    • Need to establish building blocks by raising research profile and creating strong relationships
    • Cumulative effect of more intense meaningful intense knowledge exchange more likely to have a long term impact
    • Razia Shariff
    • Head
    • Knowledge Exchange Team
    • Third Sector Research Centre
    • [email_address]
    • Website: www.tsrc.ac.uk