Since Fast Track Impact launched in 2013, it has become the most widely used resource to train researchers in impact around the world, having been used by over 200 institutions in 55 countries to date. We have regularly trained researchers in every Russell Group university and the majority of other research-active institutions.
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. 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 your own copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook.
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 stakeholders and publics to engage with first
Create a powerful impact plan that will guarantee your research makes a difference without wasting your time
Learn how to track, evaluate and evidence impact, discovering time-efficient ways to keep track of impacts as they arise, design an impact evaluation that convincingly attributes impacts to your research
Find out how to write a winning pathway to impact in a fellowship or grant proposal
Design and facilitate meetings and workshops with stakeholders and publics: discover tools that will empower you to deal with the most challenging situations and individuals and lead events that everyone enjoys
Build visibility and credibility for your research online. Understand the power and the pitfalls of using social media professionally, and find out how to become influential and drive research impacts online without risking your time or reputation
Learn how to get your research into policy, wherever you work in the world, by building trust, working with intermediaries and designing effective policy briefs
What does our training include?
We spend time with you before we train to ensure our workshops is tailored to the needs of your group. Our training includes:
Prof Reed works with every group
Each participant gets both a hard copy of Prof Reed’s acclaimed 375-page Research Impact Handbook (RRP £24.99), and a handout pack
Configure your training as a full-day event or as two individually bookable half-day events
Prof Reed provides support to all participants after the training. If they use our system, we guarantee a response within a week to all questions with no time limit and no restriction on the number of questions that can be asked
Everyone gets an email via the course organiser (including those who do not wish to share their email with us) with links to slides and a reminder about how to get support from Prof Reed
Everyone is also invited to join a free follow-up programme over five weeks, to apply what they have learned in their research. They can work through these steps themselves from the handbook, but by signing up to take these steps online, they get access to extra material. Each week consist of a 6 minute video with accompanying text and tasks
What does a typical day look like?
View a sample agenda
What are people saying about this course?
“I enjoyed getting more honest insights on influencing policy – not just doing it all “by the book””
“I loved the practical tips based on Mark’s experience.”
“I liked the focus on risks and ethics”
“I will now try to cultivate relationships with policy makers”
“I will think harder about the policy process the work is feeding into”
“I will think more carefully about how to draft policy briefings”
“The examples of impact pathways and policy briefs were useful”
“Q&A periods were fab. Loved the self-depreciating anecdotes and instances of failure as well as success. Policy discussion exercises were fun. Excellent day – thanks.”
“I will change how I plan to influence policy change”
“I will contact knowledge brokers to identify policy makers”
“I am going to organise a range of policy impact activities. I will read the book more and apply what is useful.”
“I will be more confident/proactive in terms of presenting my research to relevant policy makers”
“Was good to see some examples and actually start a plan/have a template to act upon/refer to.”
"I've learned how to be strategic [about impact] and ask myself self hard questions."
"Fantastic handbook. Great, enthusiastic trainer. Thank you very much."
“I love the book and the fact that it was run by a researcher"
“Great course, just as useful as the book. Thanks! Highly recommend.”
"Wonderfully insightful, useful and energising."
Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2800 + VAT
30 participants = £2800 + VAT (£93 + VAT per head – minimum order)
40 = £3100 + VAT (£78 + VAT per head)
50 = £3400 + VAT (£68 + VAT per head)
60 = £3700 + VAT (£62 + VAT per head)
For trainings in the UK and Ireland are no additional travel/accommodation charges, but for some overseas destinations we add a small surcharge to cover travel costs.
Contact us to arrange a call from Prof Reed to discuss how exactly the training can be adapted to meet your needs.
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We've trained >8000 researchers from >200 institutions in 55 countries: