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Free training and discussion groups

A programme free training events, a quarterly reading group and regular discussion groups, based on feedback from the impact culture community, co-hosted with a different member of the community each session.

Programme for 2023 

Event
Type
Duration
Date
Time
Training
2 hours
6 Feb 2023
10:00
Reading group
1 hour
27 Mar 2023
10:00
Surgery session
1 hour
17 Apr 2023
10:00
Free training
2 hours
19 June 2023
10:00
Surgery session
1 hour
21 Aug 2023
10:00
Free training
2 hours
25 Sep 2023
10:00
Surgery session
1 hour
30 Oct 2023
10:00
To find out what’s planned for 2023, make suggestions or offer your own session, please contact Madie.

Training: Fast track your impact

 

Date: 6 February, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

This session will give you everything you need to generate and communicate real-world impacts from your research. You will learn about practical tools to time-efficiently increase the significance and reach of your impact. As part of the session you will a PDF copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook. 

Key benefits:

  • Learn about evidence-based principles for delivering research impact when you don’t have much time

  • Discover easy and quick-to-use templates you can use immediately to:

    • Prioritise who to engage with first

    • Create a powerful impact plan that will guarantee your research makes a difference without wasting your time

Fast track your impact

Reading group: Re-thinking impact

 

Date: 27 March, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

Mark Reed's latest paper argues that it isn't possible to define impact without asking "for whom" - what will benefit one group or species in one context may compromise the interests of another group, or the same group in a different context (based on this subjective definition of impact). Without a robust theory of impact, we will continue to narrow/instrumentalise our ideas of "what counts" and fail to anticipate negative unintended consequences. Their paper is a first step towards such a theory, outlining 3 key factors determining beneficial outcomes from research: context, voice and power. Read the paper and join the discussion.

Re-thinking impact

Prof Mark Reed, Dr Franziska Tanneberger and Prof Maria Strack: How to develop networks for global impact

 

Date: 27 March, 2023

Time: 14:00

 

Join this session hosted by UNEP’s Global Peatland Initiative and learn practical skills to develop your networks inside and beyond the academy. Prof Mark Reed, Dr Franziska Tanneberger and Prof Maria Strack will teach you how to create your own impact network map, how to use the 3i’s approach to identify influencers and hard-to-reach groups, and finally how to use these insights to identify between 3-5 individuals you would like to add value to, and identify ways to build trust and mutual impact together. 

Develop networks

Mark Reed, Sara Thornton and Kristyn Mayner: Facilitating workshops with local communities

 

Date: 2 April, 2023

Time: 15:00

 

Join this session hosted by UNEP’s Global Peatland Initiative to learn how to use workshops to engage local communities in research. Mark Reed, Sara Thornton and Kristin Mayner will draw on existing case studies and invite you to consider how you can channel your natural emotional intelligence as a facilitator to manage power dynamics, and they will introduce techniques to open up, analyse and decide in both online and face-to-face workshops 

Facilitating workshops

Surgery session: Bring your impact challenges

 

Date: 17 April, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

Come along with your impact challenges and get help from Prof Mark Reed and other participants in a do-it-yourself, self-help session for anyone who needs it! Submit your questions in advance to mark.reed@fasttrackimpact.com, or just come along with challenges on the day.

Bring your impact challenges (Apr)

Reading group: Knowledge brokering in policy spaces with Justyna Bandola-Gill

 

Date: 15 May, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

Join author Justyna Bandola-Gill for a discussion about two of her recent papers on how to co-produce knowledge for impact in policy spaces. Her most recent paper, Knowledge Brokering Repertoires: Academic Practices at Science-Policy Interfaces as an Epistemological Bricolage describes four ways for researchers to act as knowledge brokers in policy spaces: 1) Challenge existing policy; 2) Facilitate deliberation; 3) Produce actionable knowledge; and 4) Advocate for specific evidence-based options. This builds on her recent review of co-production which identified 5 different meanings across different bodies of knowledge: What is co-production? Conceptualising and understanding co-production of knowledge and policy across different theoretical perspectives. If you want your research to have policy impacts, you will enjoy learning from the author and other participants about different ways of both conceptualising and enacting more co-productive approaches in your work.

Knowledge brokering

Free training: Impact culture

 

Date: 19 June, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

In this course, you will discover how you can transform your working environment and create a culture you can belong in. Whether you seek ideas that will change the world or you just want to reclaim a place in which you can think deeply, this course invites you to overcome what is preventing you doing the best work of your career. You will be able to discuss practical ideas and creative ways of thinking to re-motivate and inspire you, building on what works and adapting what doesn't, to create your own culture with your closest colleagues.

  • Understand your research culture, considering how robust, ethical and action-oriented research, deep and diverse values, community and capacity enables impact

  • Use diagnostic questions to identify bright spots and issues in your impact culture

  • Learn from evolutionary organisations, contrasting top-down change management linked to extrinsic incentives from funders, with more bottom-up approaches that draw on your intrinsic motivations

  • Design your own experiment to experiment with small, safe changes that you can evaluate and scale to do the best work of your career

  • Get a free PDF and audio copy of Prof Reed's book, Impact Culture

FT: Impact Culture

Surgery session: Bring your impact challenges

 

Date: 21 August, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

Come along with your impact challenges and get help from Prof Mark Reed and other participants in a do-it-yourself, self-help session for anyone who needs it! Submit your questions in advance to mark.reed@fasttrackimpact.com, or just come along with challenges on the day.

Bring your impact (Aug)

Free training: The Productive Researcher - writing skills

 

Date: 25 September, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

Find out how you can become significantly more productive as a researcher in a fraction of your current working day. Rather than learning (yet more) time management techniques, you will learn new ways of thinking that will reframe your relationship with work.

The course is based on Prof Reed’s book, The Productive Researcher, in which he draws on interviews with some of the world’s highest performing researchers, the literature and his own experience to identify a small number of important insights that can transform how researchers work. The course is based on an unparalleled breadth of interdisciplinary evidence that speaks directly to researchers of all disciplines and career stages.

Key benefits:

  • Leave with practical tools you can use immediately to prioritise limited time to achieve more ambitious career goals

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the values that underpin your work, and the reasons why you feel time pressured

  • Identify priorities that are as much about being as they are about doing, and that are stretching, motivational, authentic, relational and tailored to your unique strengths and abilities

  • Turn these into an “experiment” to make practical changes that create a positive feedback loop between your priorities and your motivation, so you can become increasingly focussed and productive

The Productive Researcher - writing skills
Bring your impact challenges (Oct)

Surgery session: Bring your impact challenges

 

Date: 30 October, 2023

Time: 10:00

 

Come along with your impact challenges and get help from Prof Mark Reed and other participants in a do-it-yourself, self-help session for anyone who needs it! Submit your questions in advance to mark.reed@fasttrackimpact.com, or just come along with challenges on the day.

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