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Film

Films can be used to present information and share messages in a visually engaging and accessible way. They can be used to share information and engage people early in your research process or to share findings and disseminate the implications at the end. Depending on your resources, strategy and intended audience you may wish to […]

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Journal Club

Journal Clubs are a great way of supporting your research to reach a new audience. It is unlikely that you will have reason to establish your own journal club but there are some steps that you can take to make it easier for your work to be used at existing ones. Identify an article about […]

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Brainstorming

Brainstorming is an often overlooked part of the innovation process. A¬†facilitated group brainstorm session can be a good way to uncover new ideas within a team, get to know team members and secure buy-in and social capital for the resultant ideas. Brainstorming can also be conducted alone. The critical aspect of the process is the […]

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Lightning Talks

There are many different versions of lightning talks that you could use e.g. Pecha Kucha or Ignite, what they all have in common is that the time available to present and engage your audience is usually no more than 5mins, and never more than 10mins. Condensing what you have to say into five minutes takes […]

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Meet the Researcher

As researchers, with expertise in specialist areas, we can sometimes underestimate our own value and worth to the world at large! Traditional academic impact work has focused on sharing learning with academic peers, this method aims to reduce the barriers of connectivity to experts, for the general public or wider stakeholders. A meeting could take […]

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Online Discussion

There are many elements of the research and impact process that can benefit from an online discussion e.g. collecting ideas or input, sharing progress, planning dissemination activity, sharing findings. Pretty much any point that could be helped by a discussion, could benefit from an online discussion. The added advantage of holding that discussion or conversation […]

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Twitter

Twitter is a micro blogging social network that limits updates to no more than 140 characters. Like any social network the benefits only become clear after investment of time and effort in building your network and contacts (see Network Building), however it can be a great way to reach new audiences, or specialists in your […]

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Workshop

While they can be stand alone events in their own right, workshops are often used alongside Conferences or Unconferences. The key to a good workshop is that they utilise a group of interested people in the room, to do the work. Identify a theme or topic that you wish to focus on e.g. it could […]

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Conference

A traditional method ideally suited to transmitting information, expertise and insight to a large audience. Prepare early: identify and approach speakers, book a venue, share and advertise widely Identify a Chairperson to ensure that you keep to time on the day, to introduce speakers and to facilitate discussion Allow plenty of time in the programme […]

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Power Interest Grid

This tool follows the Stakeholder Mapping exercise, or can supplement it. It involves plotting the identified stakeholders on a grid with one axis indicating their perceived power or influence over the success of the project, and another their innate, or existing interest in the research activity. At its simplest, the grid can then be divided […]