The podcast for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research. Every week, Mark Reed gives you practical tips and discusses how you can enhance the impact of your research, based on the latest research.
Episode 43: Evidencing engagement and impact for REF2028
This week, Mark explores what the recent REF2028 guidance means for impact, including a discussion of what we might be expected to write about in the new engagement and impact narrative, and an evidence-based approach to writing a 4* impact case study.NCCPE engagement guidance: https://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/support-engagementMy “Re-thinking impact…” paper:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11625-022-01216-wWhat made a 4* impact case study in REF214 paper:https://www.nature.com/articles/s41599-020-0394-7My 4* REF2021 impact case study:https://www.dropbox.com/s/mdtbxy72uv1pvbs/Mark Reed impact case study FINAL 17 March 21 redacted (submitted).docx?dl=0Impact templates (in the Google Sheets menu, go to File > Make a copy to save an editable version)3i analysis template:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1bL28FUgd7R3nvGYjV5P7qrZkHgaqlYpZM5uJmFls-eA/edit?usp=sharingFast Track Impact Planning Template:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iGX6HM__TPQP4KDbqVytr-1FnQBn00KX7NXEaUR9CIQ/edit?usp=sharing
Episode 42: Interview with Michael Parker from The Conversation about generating and evaluating impact from media engagement
This week, Mark talks to Michael Parker, Director of Operations at The Conversation, a news outlet that specialises in working with researchers, giving them editorial control on a global platform. Drawing from their work together creating the Media Impact Guide and Toolkit, Mark and Michael discuss how researchers can harness the media to get more impact from their research and provide evidence of both the reach and significance of the impacts that arise.Read the Media Impact Guide and Toolkit: https://www.fasttrackimpact.com/media-impact-guide-and-toolkitFind out more about The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/uk/Sign up for next year’s Exchange conference: https://theconversation.com/uk/exchange
Episode 41: Tips for evidencing impact with evaluation expert Eric Jensen
Eric Jensen is an expert in impact evaluation who has written a textbook on many of the most useful methods you'll need and leading two companies that specialise in impact evaluation consultancy and training alongside his academic research on environmental issues. In this interview, he provides tips to help you design a more effective survey to evaluate your impact, and explains how you can repurpose widely used impact planning tools as evaluation tools, that will help you improve your practice as much as they will give you evidence of impact.Find out more about the Institute for Methods Innovation via his Methods for Change website: https://www.methodsforchange.org/Learn about Qualia Analytics software to help you both collect and analyse impact evaluation data: https://www.qualiaanalytics.org/Watch Eric training with Mark and others on the use of Theory of Change to evaluate impact:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCODib5tDK0Read Eric's book, Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/doing-real-research/book241193
Evaluation Episode 40: Can software take the pain out of impact monitoring and evaluation?
This week, Mark interviews Laura Tucker (Vertigo Ventures), Tobias Schoep (GrowImpact), and Sarah Morton (Matter of Focus) about the platforms they have developed to help researchers keep track of their impacts. Find out more about each platform:- GrowImpact: http://www.growimpact.com.au/- OutNav from Matter of Focus: https://www.matter-of-focus.com/track-your-progress-and-impact-in-outnav/- Impact Tracker, part of the impact ecosystem from Vertigo Ventures: https://www.vertigoventures.com/products/impacttracker-impact-software/
Episode 39: How arts-based methods can enrich your evaluation of impact - with Dr Rachel Blanche
This week, Mark interviews Rachel Blanche from Queen Margaret University Edinburgh to find out how arts-based methods can provide depth and rigour to an impact evaluation. They discuss a range of approaches including visual, performative and narrative methods, the types of evidence these methods can generate, how these approaches can empower participants in determining what’s meaningful, and how evaluating in this way can itself generate further impacts.Rachel shares two examples of arts-based methods used to evaluate impact in healthcare research – a theatre project capturing data on dementia care (citing this paper) and (a participative creative inquiry on osteoporosisThe paper we mention writing together about evaluating impact with arts-based (among other) methods can be accessed hereWatch the training Rachel and I ran on evaluating impactAnd you can find out more about Rachel's work hereYou can download a written transcript of this episode here
Episode 38: What does a real impact evaluation look like?
Mark discusses a range mixed methods evaluation designs that can help you collect data to evidence impacts arising from industry, policy, media, and public engagement. The methods are easy to use without any specialist training or experience, and can generate useful data in some of the trickiest areas of impact evaluation.Find out more about the "postcard to your future self" methodFind out more about the Media Impact Guide and ToolkitRead Mark's REF2021 case study in which he evidenced a range of policy impactsYou can download a written transcript of this episode here
Excellent, informative and thought provoking
An excellent podcast filled to the brim with useful tips and thought provoking information. Mark is an excellent host and a pleasure to listen to. Can’t wait for the next episode!
Easy to listen to, simple actions
I stumbled across this via an email from our library support team. Two episodes in (I’m listening in reverse order) and I’ve already got a list of quick actions to do related to engagement and impact. The podcast has made an opaque topic accessible and do-able.
Invaluable content for any researcher, regardless of age, stage or discipline
Great content, full of incredibly valuable advice, guidance and inspiration, and really top quality finishing and editing (so many podcasts that relate to my research topic have terrible sound quality!). I think there is a gaping hole in the podcasting world for content relating to academia. Thank you for taking the time to reach out to your audience through another medium. Audio works brilliantly for the commute (pretty hard to read a blog when driving...!) so this fits into my working day rather nicely.