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  1. Our Pathway to Impact Mark Reed
  2. Plan • The impact • Video • The pathway
  3. 1 The Impact
  4. • £1M RELU/LWEC & ESRC funded project helping people anticipate and adapt to future change across UK uplands since 2005 • Almost £1M co-funding from research users • Interdisciplinary team of 25 people from 5 Universities & 2 NGOs
  5. The Impact • Findings featured prominently in evidence gathering initiatives used to inform policy: – National Ecosystem Assessment – EFRA Inquiry on Farming in the Uplands – CRC’s Inquiry on the Future of England’s Uplands – IUCN Commission of Inquiry on Peatlands – Government Office for Science’s Foresight Land Use Futures project
  6. The Impact • Contributed to policy processes: – Inputting evidence to a review, best practice guidelines and Action Plan re: Payment for Ecosystem Services as part of DEFRA’s Natural Environment White Paper – Guiding DEFRA to develop a UK Peatland Carbon Code to facilitate private investment in peatland restoration • Used by water companies to justify using land management to reduce water treatment costs
  7. • Analysing upland/catchment management case studies across the UK, comparing RELU to other RCUK and NGO/business projects • Workshops with KE academics/professionals • Best practice principles • LWEC’s Knowledge Exchange Guidelines • RCUK Impact Toolkit?
  8. 2 A short film
  9. 2 Our pathway
  10. Knowledge exchange with stakeholders: • Co-generation of knowledge with small but representative groups of highly connected, influential stakeholders, selected via Social Network Analysis
  11. • You Tube and DVDs – as requested by stakeholders concerned about the abstract nature of the GIS outputs we’d suggested • Articles in professional journals/magazines • Newsletters • Project websites
  12. • Policy briefs • Presentations to policy makers, policy advisors and practitioner groups • DEFRA placement • Consultancy contracts
  13. Public engagement: • Twitter (now over 1600 followers) • Interactive website • Schools resources (Summer 2012)
  14. Arts: • Song and music video by award-winning photography collective • Jazz composition by Huw Warren • Fairytale told by storyteller and made into book • Conceptual art by Dalziel & Scullion (hunting bag)