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Integrating impact into your UKRI case for support


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Integrating impact into your UKRI case for support

  2. 2. Introduce yourself via chat: Name and expertise or discipline For example: Hi everyone, I’m Mark Reed from Newcastle University OR Mark Reed – I do research on environmental governance at Newcastle University While people arrive… Comment in chat
  3. 3. Raise a foot to the camera, look at what everyone else is wearing and write in chat: Digital icebreaker Who would you like to swap shoes, socks or slippers with? Describe the footwear you noticed, rather than the person’s name Comment in chat
  4. 4. Links to:  E-handout pack  PDF of book  Example proposals (download and scan during session)  Note: this session is being recorded Question:Downloads
  5. 5. 1. Thinking tools 2. Break out groups to discuss proposals 3. How to integrate impact into a case for support 4. Proposal writing tools Question:Plan
  6. 6. 5 WAYS to Fast Track your Research Impact Thinkingt ools
  7. 7. Question:What is impact? benefit
  8. 8. Question:What is impact? Who benefits?
  9. 9. The good that researchers do in the worldReed (The Research Impact Handbook) “Demonstrable benefits to individuals, groups, organisations and society (including human and non- human entities in the present and future) that are causally linked (necessarily or sufficiently) to research.” Reed et al. (under review) Research Policy Question:What is impact?
  10. 10. The good that researchers do in the world Question:Types of policy impact Which one of the following is not a type of impact, based on this definition: • Economic • Environmental • Social • Technological • Health/wellbeing • Cultural Vote now
  11. 11. The good that researchers do in the world Question:What is impact? What interim/initial impacts might you see on the pathway to impact? For example: • Increased awareness or understanding of an issue… Comment in chat
  12. 12. Capacity building Understanding and awareness Attitudinal Other forms of decision-making and behaviour change impacts Policy Health and wellbeing Economic Cultural Other social Environmental
  13. 13. The heart of the impact agenda in… 1 metaphor 1 word
  14. 14. Empathy
  15. 15. Integrating impact into your Case for Support
  16. 16. Read and discuss Research Councils no longer require Pathways to Impact plan or Impact Summary from March 2020 “Impact is now a core consideration throughout the grant application process. To reflect this culture change we must examine how we operate and decide what steps we can take as a funder to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes we use. UK Research and Innovation has therefore decided to remove the requirement for applicants to submit a Pathways to Impact plan for its schemes.” UKRI statement, 27/01/2020 What happened to impact?
  17. 17. Read and discuss  Ensure you focus on the specific impacts sought in the call  Adapt the length and focus of your text on impact to the call specification  Devote more words/detail to impact if the call scope/criteria feature impact strongly than in calls with limited or no focus on impact  For example… Guidance in calls
  18. 18. Read and discuss  Impact is not in the assessment criteria for the NERC’s Pushing the Frontiers call and this is the only mention: Impact-lite call
  19. 19. Read and discuss  GCRF: “Applicants must clearly articulate their impact plans, demonstrating how they meet ODA requirements throughout their ‘Case for Support’ submission.” Impact-heavy calls  The majority of UKRI’s COVID-19 application form focuses on impact:
  20. 20. Read and discuss  Assessment criteria for a recent MRC/AHRC/ESRC call have a strong focus on mental health and engagement (rather than impact) Different impact foci
  21. 21. Read and discuss  AHRC “Scoping Future Arts & Humanities Led Research” call includes a focus on international and policy impacts in its scope: Different impact foci
  22. 22. Read and discuss  Quick overview  Discuss example proposals in break-out rooms  Key ingredients to integrate  Different ways of integrating So how do you do it?
  23. 23. Read and discuss  What is the challenge or opportunity in the world?  Who would benefit beyond the academy and what would be the significance and reach? Problem statement and/or beneficiaries  What is the research challenge or opportunity?  What is original and significant for researchers in my discipline and beyond? Impact goals Research questions and goals Pathways Methods Impacts Research outputs Work plan Goals Activities Outputs and impacts
  24. 24. Who has a stake in my research? 1. Move to your break-out room 2. Individually scan/read the two bids 3. Join the discussion when you are ready What do you like about how the different bids integrate impact? Different approaches to integration
  25. 25. Who has a stake in my research? Which integration approach did you like better? 1. ESRC Centre 2. GCRF Forest Network Vote now Different approaches to integration
  26. 26. Who has a stake in my research? What good practice features did you find in both bids? What would you avoid or do better? Comment in chat Different approaches to integration
  27. 27. Read and discuss 1. Integrate research and impact problem statements and/or beneficiaries in the introduction to your case for support (with a summary of this to introduce your objectives and summary sections in Je-S) 2. Integrate research and impact goals into your objectives section Key ingredients 3. Integrate pathways that lead to the delivery/monitoring of impacts into your work plan, alongside research methods that lead to research outputs
  28. 28. Read and discuss 1. Save yourself a page for impact in your Case for Support by cross-referencing to the Objectives and Academic Beneficiaries sections in Je-S Integration approaches 2. Use tables, headings and formatting to show how research and impact goals deliver tangible research outputs and impacts 3. Use diagrams and structural devices to show connections between research and impact
  29. 29. Read and discussResearch and impact problem statement and/or academic and non-academic beneficiaries Research and impact goals Research methods and impact pathways Research outputs and measurable impacts Summary
  30. 30. 5 WAYS to Fast Track your Research Impact Proposal writing tools
  31. 31. Who has a stake in my research? 1. Who might benefit from the impacts in the call? Reach out to key groups early 2. What are their interests and needs? Co-produce additional impact goals 3. How will you enable each identified group to benefit from each impact goal? Link activities to impact goals and beneficiaries Tools
  32. 32. See my blog for advance stakeholder analysis methods: Who has a stake in my research?Stakeholder analysis
  33. 33. Who has a stake in my research? 1. Who is interested (or not)? 2. Who has influence (to facilitate or block impact)? 3. Who is impacted (positively or negatively)? Why? Stakeholder analysis: 3i’s
  34. 34. See a worked example on my vlog: Who has a stake in my research?Impact planning
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  36. 36. Read and discussMore online courses
  37. 37. Read and discussFree follow-up training
  38. 38. @fasttrackimpact