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Integrating Impact Planning into Research Projects: Reflections from the STEPS Centre

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Seminar by Adrian Ely & Nathan Oxley on framings and practices in the societal 'impact' of research, summarising insights from the STEPS Centre working paper on the subject.

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Integrating Impact Planning into Research Projects: Reflections from the STEPS Centre

  1. 1. www.steps-centre.org Integrating Impact Planning into Research Projects: Reflections from the STEPS Centre Adrian Ely, Deputy Director and Head of Impact and Engagement Nathan Oxley, Communications Officer STEPS-CDI Seminar, 20th February 2014
  2. 2. The ESRC STEPS Centre ICE Unit Impact Communications Engagement
  3. 3. Framing • The metaphor and idea of impact • A wide range of official definitions, underpinned by procedures and structures • Freedom of interpretation? Or guessing game?
  4. 4. Drivers of and responses to the ‘impact agenda’ • • • • • Political justification Value for money Cynicism in response to ‘audit culture’ Optimism Reflexive critique
  5. 5. Impact methods • • • • Experimental methods Theory of change Network mapping Participatory methods
  6. 6. PIPA and how we use it Douthwaite, B. et al. (2007). "Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis: A Practical Application of Program Theory in Research-for-Development." Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation 22(2): 127-159.
  7. 7. At or shortly After workshop PIPA workshop Project logic as laid Out in concept note STEPS ‘scaled-down’ version of PIPA Problem formulation + identification of change required to overcome it Project outputs – evidence, publications, events etc Project goal – vision for impact ‘Now’ network map – helps to identify actors, narratives, opportunities Strategies for comms and engagement Impact narrative -What the project hopes to achieve, when, how and with whom
  8. 8. PIPA – lessons and reflections • Team-building and reflexive learning amongst project teams and stakeholders • Using PIPA iteratively to support research, enhance impact and inform ex-post evaluation • Aids portfolio-based impact work as in STEPS
  9. 9. PIPA – future use and developments • Other projects have also started using the ‘now network map’ component of PIPA • How would we have done it differently? • Linking participatory theories of change to systematic, robust, proportionate ex-post work • Further resources can be found at http://pipamethodology.pbworks.com

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