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Session 2 in summary:

2A CASE STUDIES: Scaling up impact through a partnership ecosystem

When research impact is successful, how could and should you go about scaling it up? These case studies explore the factors to consider. One project uses research that integrates information to improve service quality and efficiency in Chinese healthcare, has now been implemented in 2,500 hospitals across China; the second project has seen a project working to prevent HIV in young people in South Africa expand internationally in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Both speakers will talk about the balance of the partner ecosystems that they work in and how this changes as projects have expanded.

  • Controlled explosion? Scaling up research findings for Africa’s adolescents
    Professor Lucie Cluver, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Building an integrated data platform changing practice in Chinese and UK hospitals
    Dr Weizi Li, Henley Business School, University of Reading

2B PANEL DISCUSSION: Exploring models for genuine co-production of impact

True two-way collaboration between researchers and non-academic partners is the gold standard for impact, but it is tricky to manage. Join this panel discussion to hear some experienced voices share their models. Examples include ‘Innovation Labs’ for educational reform in Peru, enhancing the uptake, utility and value of decision support tools for built environment practitioners and an experience based approach to policy engagement in a politically and economically challenging environment.

Chair: Dr Pete Walton, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

  • Collaboration and synergies among researchers and policymakers during the Peruvian Education Reform
    Maria Rebeca Barron Rodriguez, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • Leading health policy in an under-resourced environment: Lessons from an ongoing collaborative project
    Dr Karin Eli, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford and Daniel Rotenburg, Israeli Ministry of Health
  • Enhancing co-production, uptake and impact of decision support models. Examples from the built environment
    Briony Turner, Institute for Environmental Analytics, University of Reading (and Katie Jenkins, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

2C SHARING SESSION: Delivering impact with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups

Social sciences have much to contribute to improving the lives of our most vulnerable groups. In this session researchers will share their experiences of working to help agencies and community members to improve welfare and well-being. The projects presented aim to build skills, confidence, and personal development in women and girls, and to increase protection for young internet users.

  • Go _ Girl Code+Create: Partnerships supporting NEET women to pursue technology-related careers
    Dr Tracey Denton-Calabrese, Department of Education, University of Oxford
  • Developing confidence as well as impact a collaborative approach
    Dr Carol Fuller, Institute of Education, University of Reading
  • Bit by Bit: How to Break the Barrier
    Allison Mishkin, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Anthropology’s Place: Impact and Interdisciplinarity in Online Sexual Offending Research
    Dr Jonah Rimer, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford

2D TARGET GROUP WORKSHOP: How to have an A* impact in the classroom

Workshop led by: Dr Katharine Burn, Dr Velda Elliott and Dr Jenni Ingram, Department of Education, University of Oxford, and Dr Jessica Lutkin, Research Enterprise Services, University of Reading

What are the practical considerations when working with schools for impact? This workshop explores the realities of engaging with teachers, learners and schools at different levels as well as with education policy-makers. Using lessons learned and successes from past projects and case studies, together with tips for increasing the likelihood of achieving impact.

2E SKILLS WORKSHOP: Taking charge through Impact literacy

Workshop led by: Dr Julie Bayley, ARMA Impact Champion

Do you feel that you know all that you need to optimise your impact activities and success? This is an interactive workshop exploring the skills, competencies and understanding individual researchers and support staff need in order to be ‘impact literate’.

Building impact into the research process - alongside the pressures associated with funding and assessment agendas - can be challenging.  With impact resistant to templating, and with all research needing different pathways towards change, it's therefore vital that individuals are equipped to make good impact choices. For this, it's imperative that the research community becomes impact literate. In this session, there will be a short presentation about impact literacy, followed by a group activity to consider elements of literacy and how they may be strengthened in practice.