Catalyst impact strategy


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All research projects need to demonstrate their wider impact beyond academia. On the Catalyst research project there are a number of strategies we are adopting to achieve that through the project management workstream of Catalyst. The IRIS Impact tool (Exeter University) has been used to map out Catalyst's impact networks, opportunities, content and dissemination channels. A range of challenges and useful links are also provided.

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  • Range of third sector organisations we are working with
  • Catalyst has formed a network of academics and non-academics (or Catalystas) interested in citizen-led innovation. To date, Catalyst has involved over 10 academic departments and over 20 community organisations.Selection of Catalyst sub-projects is via an application process, mediated by procedures to match-make academics and non- academics. All projects must satisfy the Catalyst criteria: (i) the project must be genuinely citizen-led and address a problem identified by specific community group(s); (ii) the project must involve academics from multiple disciplines; (iii) the project must result in a digital innovation which addresses a real citizen need.
  • Extensive use of social network – fast growing community [this is a snapshot of twitter conversation over two weeks between @catalystproj and its followers and tweeps – done in Nodexl] The extended community.... a healthy network
  • Notes: To reflect upon the ways of working, we apply PROTEE , a management process designed to ensure that projects learn from failure as well as success. PROTEE involves a series of dialogues with Sprint and Launchpad project teams to articulate insights to support innovation, project management and interdisciplinarity. Duret, M., Latour, B. Martin, S. Bischof, H., Sondermann, K., Orobengoa, Ai., Bijker, W., Hommels, A., Peters, P., Laredo, P., Woolgar, S., McNally, R. PROTEE: Procedures dans les transportes d’évaluation et de suivi des innovations considerées comme des experimentations collectives. Final Report EC Transport RTD. 4th F’work Programme. Contract No ST-97-SC.2093.
  • With the ultimate aim to achieve publications, prototypes and community impact there is also the opportunity to learn lessons from one set of projects to the next as part of an annual knowledge exchange event or research relay
  • In addition to publications arising from each project there is also the opportunity to learn lessons from one set of projects to the next as part of an annual knowledge exchange event which showcases work from Catalyst and other projects that use technology to support social change. We have also developed a ‘treasure hunt’ using one of our prototypes to raise awareness of homelessness and the value of community-academic partnerships at public engagement festivals and conferences including Manchester Science Festival and National Engage Conference
  • Catalyst impact strategy

    1. 1. Catalyst – Impact Strategy #catalystas@catalystproj
    2. 2. About Catalyst 3 year EPSRC research project 2011-14• Citizen-led agenda• Understanding behaviour – Why do people participate (or not) in society/civic actions?• Tools for change – Next generation {digital} technologies for social change• Reflecting on Interdisciplinarity
    3. 3. Impact“the effect on, change or benefit to the economy,society, culture, public policy or services, health,the environment or quality of life, beyondacademia”• Digital Economy Impact Framework• Research Excellence Framework• Pathways to impact• Catalyst Impact strategy
    4. 4. Citizen-Led Research partnerships
    5. 5. co-research & co-production:mutually beneficial activities • Research Sprints • Launch pads • Serendipity Cafes • Research Relays • Protee dialogues • Public engagement with research
    6. 6. *Interfacing Research & Impact Systems Toolset1. Map Impact Network2. Opportunity: When might impact occur in research process?3. Evidence collection methods4. Create impact content for dissemination5. Communication Channels science/research/impact/iris/
    7. 7. 1. Catalyst Impact Network• Local, National & International Academic networks – network bid• Local & National Community Groups• Policy Makers – local, regional, national• Industry practitioners - local• Public engagement network – regional, national
    8. 8. Twitter
    9. 9. 2. Catalyst Impact opportunity• Serendipity cafes: sharing challenges, making connections• Setting research agenda & question in partnership with community organisations• Undertaking research in partnership with community organisations• Knowledge exchange: Protee dialogues & Relay• Public Engagement with research• Interdisciplinary Academic engagement
    10. 10. Lessons Learned: Protee • Project dialogues • Learn from failure and success • Insights: – innovation – management – interdisciplinarity
    11. 11. Sprints & Launch padsPatchworks Success in Activist Tweets Local Trade, Local Wealth
    12. 12. Research Sprint - #PatchworksResearch Sprint – 8 MonthsIs it possible to co-design, with homeless communities, asimple and cheap health monitoring and communication toolusing the methods and materials of ‘personalmanufacturing’ (DIY-Bio/garage science)?
    13. 13. Interdisciplinarycommunity-academic partnerships Rod Dillon Rebecca Ellis Sharon Calverley Asa Calow Biomedicine Environment Centre Signposts Madlab Maria Angela Ferrario Will Simm Jen Southern Management Computing Sociology
    14. 14. #Patchworks
    15. 15. Key activities: Patchworks Wider presentation and discussion of project at conferences Wider presentation and discussion of project at conferences vide vide Writing academic papers Writing academic papers vide vide oo oo vide vide oo Decided Decided Relay Relay Building Building which which prototype prototype prototype prototype User testing User testingResearch Researchproposal proposal Exploratory workshops Exploratory workshops How to How to w/shops w/shops research observation and documentation of organisations & workshops research observation and documentation of organisations & workshops PROTEE PROTEE Literature review Literature review PROTEE PROTEE dialogue dialogue dialogue dialogue Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct
    16. 16. Enhancing impact: knowledge exchange & public engagementKnowledge exchange Public engagement
    17. 17. 3. Catalyst Evidence CollectionSelf-assessment• Case study• Surveys• Feedback formsProprietary tools• Pathways to Impact• Digital Economy Impact Framework• Ethnographic videography• External evaluator• Alt-metrics
    18. 18. 4. Catalyst Content• Impact publication• Publications & Case Studies• Workshop content• Videos & photographs• Social Media: youtube, twitter, facebook, menderley, slideshare• Slide presentations• Open access knowledge repositories• News articles & blog posts• Games
    19. 19. 5. Catalyst Communication Channels• Academic Journals• Catalyst Website• Social media: youtube, twitter, facebook, slideshare, menderley, flickr• Advisory Group• Co-Investigators via departmental meetings & seminars• Blogs (internal & external)• Conferences including annual Research Relay• Serendipity cafes
    20. 20. 6. Impact challenges• Tracking impact within and across projects• Demonstrating Impact: ‘must create a change’• Attribution: Interdisciplinary nature of Catalyst• Advisory Group• Impact must be underpinned by 2* research• Resourcing implications• Timing – i) impact to manifest ii) research underpinning• Storing evidence beyond life of funding period• Maintaining connections with project participants• Community acknowledgement
    21. 21. 7. Useful impact links• RCUK pathways to impact toolkit:• LSE impact of social sciences blog:• Resources:• Describe project:• NCCPE-JISC impact analysis: facilitation & synthesis:• ESRC: Pathways to impact toolkit: guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-toolkit/index.aspx• Toolkit for the impact of digitised scholarly resources:• Alt-metrics aggregator: