Welcome<br />Astrid Wissenburg, Director of Partnerships & Communications<br />Aaron Camber, Senior Knowledge Exchange Man...
Programme<br />ESRC and RCUK priorities<br />Knowledge Exchange Opportunities<br />Maximizing Impact<br />Knowledge Exchan...
Science budget allocations 2011 - 2015<br />
Research Council allocations2011 - 2015<br />
Strategic priorities<br />The Delivery Plan 2011-2015 three strategic priorities:<br />Economic Performance and Sustainabl...
Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth<br />What are the determinants of economic performance and sustainable growth?...
Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions<br />How to understand behaviour and risks at multiple levels and settin...
A Vibrant and Fair Society<br />What are inclusive communities and can we achieve them? <br />From existing investments:  ...
Research Councils UK<br />The Research Councils as a whole will:<br />Work more closely with HEIs, other research organisa...
RCUK Impact Strategy<br /><ul><li>Engage with key stakeholders to encourage partnerships with researchers
Maximise research impact by providing support and sharing best practice
Deliver highly skilled people by supporting the training and career development of researchers. </li></li></ul><li>Researc...
Recognise that the research we fund has both academic and economic and societal impacts, i.e.The demonstrable contribution...
Fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the UK
Increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy
Enhancing quality of life, health and creative output</li></li></ul><li>Strategic Relationships<br />RCUK is building sing...
TSB
Government departments
Key universities
Funding Councils</li></li></ul><li>Working in collaboration with International partners<br />Encourage UK researchers to w...
HE sector working together<br />RCUK encourages the sector to work together to strengthen the research and knowledge excha...
Pathways to Impact<br />Continue to invest in the best research, people and infrastructure;  whilst aiming to enhance the ...
Provide resources to enable impact generating activities, covering specific activity within their Pathways to Impact</li><...
Simpler but more coherent set of opportunities<br />
KE Funding Opportunities<br />Aimed at social science researchers at all stages of their career in partnership with organi...
Breakout Session<br />Consider…<br />packages of activity you would like to propose for KE funding opportunities<br />type...
Defining impact<br /><ul><li>Instrumental </li></ul> Influencing the development of policy practice or service provision<b...
Defining impact … it can be more subtle<br /><ul><li>Cultural change</li></ul> Increased willingness to engage in knowledg...
Generating impact: relationships<br />Key factors identified for generating impact include:<br /> Established relationship...
Generating impact: co-production<br /> Involving users at all stages of the research;<br /> Well-planned user-engagement a...
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ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

  1. 1. Welcome<br />Astrid Wissenburg, Director of Partnerships & Communications<br />Aaron Camber, Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager<br />
  2. 2. Programme<br />ESRC and RCUK priorities<br />Knowledge Exchange Opportunities<br />Maximizing Impact<br />Knowledge Exchange for ESRC<br />
  3. 3. Science budget allocations 2011 - 2015<br />
  4. 4. Research Council allocations2011 - 2015<br />
  5. 5.
  6. 6. Strategic priorities<br />The Delivery Plan 2011-2015 three strategic priorities:<br />Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth<br />Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions<br />Vibrant and Fair Society<br />To be delivered through:<br />Enhancing impact from existing investments<br />Encouraging investments to work together<br />And only exceptionally, new investments<br />To be refreshed annually<br />
  7. 7. Economic Performance and Sustainable Growth<br />What are the determinants of economic performance and sustainable growth?<br />From existing commitments: innovation, highly skilled workforce, demographic changes<br />From selective new investments: entrepreneurship, rising powers, infrastructure e.g. energy, digital<br />How to secure benefits for populations?<br />From existing and planned commitments: move to low carbon economy, environmental resource provision, global poverty alleviation, distribution of economic performance<br />How to improve stability and resilience of economies?<br />From selective new investments: new approaches to macro-economics; constructions of risk, regulation and governance<br />
  8. 8. Influencing Behaviour and Informing Interventions<br />How to understand behaviour and risks at multiple levels and settings? <br />From existing investments: e.g., public and preventative health<br />New investment: via Centres and Large Grants Competition steer; and synthetic work<br />How and why do behaviours change?<br />From existing commitments, maximising contribution from diverse awards <br />From investment: role of technologies, social norms and signals via an agents of change steer to the Competition, and synthetic work<br />How does the interplay of childhood, family, community and wider society influence inequalities of wellbeing?<br />From existing and new investment: to exploit key longitudinal data and potential linkage to administrative data. NB, new investment addresses research and capacity-building; also challenges of measuring wellbeing.<br />
  9. 9. A Vibrant and Fair Society<br />What are inclusive communities and can we achieve them? <br />From existing investments: implications of public service reconfiguration and contribution of civil society.<br />From new investments: the interaction of resources, power, place and identity - ESRC contribution to Connected Communities; together with contribution from exploitation of key longitudinal data.<br />How do individuals and communities most effectively make their voices heard?<br />From existing and planned investments: the relevance of technology ; international comparative perspectives from rising powers, poverty alleviation<br />From new investment by steer to the Centres and Large Grants competition which will also address: <br />How mobile is our society? <br />In terms of implications of austerity, retrenchment of the state and changes in delivery of public services<br />Exploitation of key datasets and existing investments address migration; social mobility<br />n.b. Underpinning themes of diversity and democracy<br />
  10. 10. Research Councils UK<br />The Research Councils as a whole will:<br />Work more closely with HEIs, other research organisations and the Funding Councils.<br />Steer collaboration to deliver enhanced outcomes and impact<br />Locate and encourage excellence and capability, leading to greater research concentration where appropriate<br />Develop collaborative approaches to managing demand for research funding<br />
  11. 11. RCUK Impact Strategy<br /><ul><li>Engage with key stakeholders to encourage partnerships with researchers
  12. 12. Maximise research impact by providing support and sharing best practice
  13. 13. Deliver highly skilled people by supporting the training and career development of researchers. </li></li></ul><li>Research Councils UK <br /><ul><li>Committed to excellence with impact: this means continuing to invest in the best research, people and infrastructure, whilst aiming to enhance the impact of that funding on society.
  14. 14. Recognise that the research we fund has both academic and economic and societal impacts, i.e.The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy by:
  15. 15. Fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the UK
  16. 16. Increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy
  17. 17. Enhancing quality of life, health and creative output</li></li></ul><li>Strategic Relationships<br />RCUK is building single strategic relationships with:<br /><ul><li>Industry sectors
  18. 18. TSB
  19. 19. Government departments
  20. 20. Key universities
  21. 21. Funding Councils</li></li></ul><li>Working in collaboration with International partners<br />Encourage UK researchers to work with international partners.<br />International offices in India, China and the USA to foster these relationships.<br />Help UK researchers gain access to international research facilities.<br />Promote the UK as a world-class centre for research.<br />
  22. 22. HE sector working together<br />RCUK encourages the sector to work together to strengthen the research and knowledge exchange capacity of universities . There are many benefits of university collaborations:<br />Brings together researchers from different disciplines and research organisation to share ideas, skills, techniques and technologies to address complex problems.<br />Creates a critical mass in research skills, facilities and larger infrastructure.<br />Opportunity to increase the visibility of work e.g. more pathways for realising economic and societal impact.<br />Rapid and flexible access to new ideas and insights, increased opportunity for funding and higher quality outcomes in shorter timeframes.<br />Shared costs and risks.<br />
  23. 23. Pathways to Impact<br />Continue to invest in the best research, people and infrastructure; whilst aiming to enhance the impact of that funding on society.<br /><ul><li>explore ways to enhance potential impact, not predict
  24. 24. Provide resources to enable impact generating activities, covering specific activity within their Pathways to Impact</li></li></ul><li>KE Opportunities<br />Pathways to Impact<br />Embed KE and Impact generating activities<br />Knowledge Exchange Calls:<br />Flexible scheme to encourage collaboration with research users and reduce unnecessary barriers to KE and engagement<br />
  25. 25. Simpler but more coherent set of opportunities<br />
  26. 26. KE Funding Opportunities<br />Aimed at social science researchers at all stages of their career in partnership with organisations in the business, public and civil society sectors<br />Keen to encourage dialogue and collaboration between these groups, and innovative KE  <br />Funding Opportunities: <br />Knowledge Exchange Opportunities <br />Follow-on Fund scheme<br />Next call planned for September/October 2011<br />
  27. 27. Breakout Session<br />Consider…<br />packages of activity you would like to propose for KE funding opportunities<br />types of impact they might have on the user community<br />Be imaginative…<br />
  28. 28. Defining impact<br /><ul><li>Instrumental </li></ul> Influencing the development of policy practice or service provision<br /> Shaping behaviour<br /> Altering legislation<br /><ul><li>Conceptual</li></ul> Contributing to our understanding of the above<br /> Reframing debates<br /><ul><li>Capacity-building</li></ul> Technical/professional skills development<br />
  29. 29. Defining impact … it can be more subtle<br /><ul><li>Cultural change</li></ul> Increased willingness to engage in knowledge exchange activities – by individuals, and/or institutions<br />Changed mindsets<br /><ul><li>Enduring connectivity</li></ul> Establishment of enduring academic / non-academic relationships – indicator of potential future achievements or impacts<br />Both are a crucial stepping stone for other types of impact<br />Meagher, L. 2009 “Impact Evaluation of People at the Centre of Communication and Information Technologies (PACCIT) Programme<br />
  30. 30.
  31. 31. Generating impact: relationships<br />Key factors identified for generating impact include:<br /> Established relationships and networks with user communities;<br /> Where appropriate, the involvement of intermediaries and knowledge broker as translators, amplifiers, network providers, etc<br /> Good infrastructure and management support;<br />
  32. 32. Generating impact: co-production<br /> Involving users at all stages of the research;<br /> Well-planned user-engagement and knowledge exchange strategies;<br /> Co-production of knowledge – scope for generating higher impact;<br /> Portfolios of research activity that build reputations with research users;<br />
  33. 33. The role of KE in ESRC<br />Knowledge Broker:<br />Connecting users with past/current portfolio<br />Advice and Support:<br />Impact Toolkit<br />http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/tools-and-resources/impact-toolkit/index.aspx<br />Encourage good practice and experiences<br />
  34. 34. Partnerships<br />Collaboration critical to delivering quality, impact and independence<br />Our partnerships include<br />our academic community, HEIs and learned societies<br />research users in public, private and third sector<br />other research councils, funding councils and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)<br />international collaboration with researchers and funders<br />promotion of our research to the public<br />
  35. 35. Impact through Partnership: Business<br /><ul><li>Public and Third sector will continue to be important partners
  36. 36. But business/private sector a priority for increased engagement - aim to increase business co-funding to 5% of external income by 2015
  37. 37. Key areas: financial services, retail, ‘green economy’</li></li></ul><li>ESRC investments and business engagement<br /><ul><li>Business Engagement Survey 2010 – current activity by major ESRC investments.
  38. 38. Over 70% - some level of engagement with the sector
  39. 39. More than 30% - strong existing relationships
  40. 40. Advisory Boards,
  41. 41. Collaborative Research, etc.
  42. 42. Consultancy arrangements
  43. 43. Where can we add value?</li></ul> , <br />
  44. 44. To summarise<br /><ul><li>Impact and Knowledge Exchange remain priorities for ESRC
  45. 45. Impact throughout the lifecycle is key</li></ul> Academic excellence is paramount <br />Impact agenda is not new, but has risen in prominence<br /><ul><li>Embedding “impact” is important
  46. 46. ESRC has many opportunities for Knowledge Exchange</li></ul>KE Schemes & Pathways to Impact<br />
  47. 47. Advice<br /><ul><li>Advice, support and training: Impact Toolkit
  48. 48. Help research centres and individual researchers engage with potential users and develop their research programmes</li></ul>How we can help<br />Knowledge Brokering<br /><ul><li>Conduit between researchers and research users
  49. 49. Knowledge transfer schemes
  50. 50. Engagement seminars and training workshops during the year</li></ul>Networking<br /><ul><li>Well established networks and working relationships with businesses, public sector and third sector organisations and academic researchers</li></ul>Contact: knowledgeexchange@esrc.ac.uk<br />
  51. 51. Thank You<br />Comments and questions welcome<br />Astrid.Wissenburg@esrc.ac.uk<br />01793 413115<br />Aaron.Camber@esrc.ac.uk<br />01793 413230<br />

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