Hostedby:Fundedby:Reflective learning from theKEIM and K* Spectrum2013 Canadian Knowledge Mobilization ForumRazia Shariff, Head of KETThird Sector Research Centre
OutlineTSRCKnowledge ExchangeFutures DialoguesK* and KEIMOutputsReflections
Third Sector Research CentreTo have an impact in policy, practice & academiaAcademic Knowledge developedPractitioner community able to access & use researchknowledge to enhance their workEconomic and social impact of sector evidenced andstrengthenedPolicy, funding and decision making informed through anaccessible evidence base
Knowledge Exchange ModelTo bridge gaps and build understanding between research,decision making, policy making and practiceTo ensure that the experience and knowledge of policy anddecision makers, practitioners and funders informs ourresearchTo make knowledge available in meaningful and accessible waysso that it can be used by policy and decision makers,practitioners and fundersTo ensure we reach those isolated from existing researchknowledge flows
1. Review ofLiterature2. IdentifyResearchStreams3.Establishengagementmechanisms4. Ensureongoingparticipation5.Knowledgeexchange &feedback6. Promoteandpublicise7. Identifynew areas ofresearchThird SectorStakeholdersDecision makers and policyimplementersFunders &CommissionersNonacademicresearchersAcademicResearchersPractitionersMediaandPublicistsLocal andnationalpolicymakersAdvisory BoardTSRCReference Groups
Tools, Method and SkillsProducing accessible published researchBuilding contacts and expanding reachManaging a website and developing linksDesigning publicity materials and marketingMedia relations and press workEvents management and workshop facilitationMonitoring, evaluation and refine approach to ensure cover thediversity and depth of the sectorDeveloping strong, trusting and long term relationships
Third Sector Futures DialoguesDialogue one: The worst of times?24 September – 9 October 2012This discussion puts the ‘great unsettlement’ into context. How serious are theeconomic and political changes that the sector is currently experiencing? Is this asignificant turning point for the sector?
Third Sector Futures DialoguesDialogue three: Is the third sector so special? What is it worth?12 – 24 November 2012Does the sector have special or distinctive characteristics? How can we value this? Isthe sector’s ‘uniqueness’ being threatened by trends like professionalisation,contracting or marketisation?Dialogue four: Is the third sector being overwhelmed by the state and the market?13 – 26 January 2013How is the sector being shaped by its changing relationships with the state and themarket, including an increase in contracting? What do new models of funding mean forthe sector’s future?Dialogue five: A strategic lead for the third sector?10 – 23 February 2013Finally, we take a serious look at possible futures for the third sector. Should the sectorspeak with a strategic or coherent voice in order to negotiate its future? Who can orshould speak for the sector?Dialogue two: No longer a voluntary sector?22 October – 5 November 2012Here we focus on the people involved in the third sector, as volunteers, activists,trustees, frontline staff and managers. Is there a tension between paid and unpaidroles?
K* Spectrum(Shaxson and Bielak et al, 2012)Big Picture Paper Webinars and Seminars Sounding Board
Knowledge Exchange Impact MatrixFewer Stakeholders More StakeholdersMeaningful Knowledge ExchangeDissemination of Research KnowledgeWebsiteSounding BoardPress releaseLondon SeminarsGuardian WebinarsTweets and BlogsMedia coverageAPPG host Report Launch
Outputs5,000 views by over 2,500 additional people viewed the websitehttp://thirdsectorfutures.org.uk100 people attended the five London Seminars, 15 members ofthe sounding board met four times600 comments were made by 80 people during the five GuardianQ & A’s, which were tweeted 500 times #3sfutures22 new channels promoted the dialogues, mainly regional VCS, asa result our monthly twitter followers, e-newsletter sign ups andmedia coverage doubledLaunch of report in House of Commons in June hosted by APPG
ReflectionsBig picture papers used TSRC research to answer a topicaldilemma raising questions for commentWide profiling and coverage as asking people to engage in thedialogues onlineDeep and meaningful dialogues held, although research wasmiss tweeted by a Minister !Outcome wasn’t really an answer but highlighted the ‘spectrumof possibilities’ current unsettlement is generating in sector
ContactRazia ShariffKnowledge Exchange TeamTHIRD SECTOR RESEARCH CENTREknowledge@tsrc.ac.ukwww.tsrc.ac.uk
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