International development with lasting impact

Whether you are experienced or new to working in these contexts, this workshop will give you the opportunity to think about how you can do research that delivers Official Development Assistance (ODA) and lasting impacts. 


  • Get advice on how to write a fundable Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) proposal from a former GCRF panelist

  • Explore evidence-based principles to underpin the development of GCRF impact summaries, pathways to impact, ODA statements and Theories of Change

  • Learn how to use tools for identifying international partners, stakeholders and publics, and identifying potential impacts, showing how a Theory of Change can be constructed from the bottom-up, based on impact goals identified in-country

  • Discover tools that can enable GCRF teams to track planned impacts as well as opportunistic impacts as they arise. You have the opportunity to review eight different approaches to designing an evaluation and then in small groups design your own impact evaluation

  • Finally, you consider how to manage meetings with international (including non-academic) partners and workshops with stakeholders and publics that are efficient and enjoyable. You learn easy-to-use tools to manage power dynamics and deal with difficult individuals and situations, so you can lead with confidence with no training or experience.


The training is based on the latest research evidence and takes a unique relational approach to deliver wide-reaching and lasting impacts. As part of the session, you will receive a free copy of Prof Reed’s acclaimed book, The Research Impact Handbook for future reference. After the workshop, Prof Reed provides email support to all participants.


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About the trainer


Prof Mark Reed is a recognized international expert in impact research with >150 publications and >13,000 citations. He has been a reviewer and panel member for GCRF. He has won awards for the impact of his work as a Professor at Newcastle University and Research Lead for an international charity. His work has been funded by ESRC, NERC, AHRC and BBSRC, and he regularly collaborates and publishes with scholars ranging from the arts and humanities to physical sciences. He regularly sits on funding panels and reviews programmes of research for the Research Councils and international funders.

He has run workshops to help researchers prepare for GCRF funding across the UK in collaboration with the Research Councils, the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) and the N8 Research Partnership. He worked with cattle herders in the Kalahari for his PhD and since then has done research funded by the EU, British Academy and the United Nations with marginal agricultural communities across the developing world. His most recent book, published by Routledge is based on his work for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

He has been commissioned to write reports and talk to international policy conferences by the United Nations and has been a science advisor to the BBC. His interdisciplinary approach to impact has been featured by Research Councils UK as an example of good practice and he has trained their staff and been invited by them to provide internal seminars on impact.


Mark provides training and advice to Universities, research funders, NGOs and policy-makers internationally, and regularly works with business. Find out more about his work at: or follow him on Twitter @profmarkreed

What do researchers say about it?


What did you find most useful?

  • "The book and the fact that it was run by a researcher"

  • "Stakeholder mapping template and the book so that I can follow up in more depth"

  • "Views from “the other side of the fence” ie insightful views from panel’s side"

  • "Practical tips in how to think about impact"

  • "Re-emphasising empathy and the evidence base for impact"

  • "The details of the application process – how the panels work"

  • "Insights into how GCRF panels work"

  • "Small group work assessing impact pathways and the facilitating workshops session"

What will you do differently or put into practice as a result of what you learned today?

  • "Be much more specific and measurable in impact parts of future grant applications"

  • "I will plan my impact"

  • "Get advice from Mark on impact documents"

  • "Plan and manage impact much better"

  • "Think about being more influential"

  • "Some of the pathways to impact examples felt like many words with little substantial meaning – will keep in mind when I write mine in the future"

  • "Make strategic impact plan"

  • "I will use knowledge and tools learned today in my work supporting researchers in their impact plans/development/delivery"

As a full-time research Professor at Newcastle University, Mark is only able to do a limited number of trainings per month, so training opportunities book up fast during the most popular periods. It is worth booking ahead to avoid dissapointment.

Find out more


Download a brochure from our homepage or contact to arrange a call from Prof Reed to discuss how exactly the training can be adapted to meet your needs.

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