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International development for impact
Online course

Our half day courses are the most popular, but we can also provide most courses as 1 hour, 90 minute and 2 hour stand-alone courses, or connect these together into a series of sessions running over a few weeks or months. Set up a call to discuss how we can adapt this course to your needs.

Our online courses are just as interactive as any face-to-face training. They are specially designed so you get more engagement in ways that are not possible when everyone is in the same room together. Online courses are a great way to keep colleagues connected and inspired.

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 in the UK.



Course Description

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.

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

  • Get advice on how to increase your funding success rates and integrate impact into a competitive proposal from a regular grant panelist

  • 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 to track planned impacts as well as opportunistic impacts as they arise

  • 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.

What does our training include?


We spend time with you before we train to ensure our workshops are tailored to the needs of your group. Our training includes:

  • Prof Reed works with every group.

  • Each participant gets a pdf copy of Prof Reed’s acclaimed Research Impact Handbook and an e-handout pack with editable worksheets. Hard copies are available for any participant who would like one. Simply email to request a copy sent directly to your home address.

  • Sessions run via Zoom which does not require any software (just an Internet browser), enabling colleagues to join easily from home. Breaks are generous, so people can pace themselves effectively.

  • All sessions are highly interactive, making use of break-out rooms, the chat function and polls, alongside plenary discussion.


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 PDF copy of Prof Reed’s acclaimed book, The Research Impact Handbook, with a hard copy* to follow, for future reference.

*Available when you book half a day's worth of courses or more

At the end of the workshop you:

  • Receive slides and links to free resources to help you embed impact in your research

  • Have the option to make a commitment to an action based on the course and receive a follow-up email from Prof Reed to check in and help as necessary after a month.

  • Are invited to an optional free follow-up programme over five weeks, so you can apply what you have learned. You can work through these steps yourself from the handbook, but by signing up to take these steps online, you get access to extra material. Each step consist of a 6 minute video with accompanying text and tasks.


Prof Reed continues to answer all questions from participants via email after the course, guaranteeing a response to all questions within one week.

What does a typical day look like?

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What are people saying about this course?

A selection of quotes from feedback forms:

"[Doing the course online was] really useful and engaging.”


“Inspirational day”


"I learned a lot about good ways of doing online delivery and the functionality that Zoom has!"

“I liked the group discussion as well as the depth and breadth of the information given on GCRF.”


“The discussion about impact and GCRF was particularly useful, with practical stakeholder engagement tools and tips.”


“Advice and insights into fundable impact-oriented research”


“I will change the way I write impact into future GCRF proposals.”


“I will change how I plan to influence policy change through GCRF funded research.”


"The idea of planning for impact is particularly informative and gave me an insight into how I will engage with stakeholders." 


"I've learned how to be strategic [about impact] and ask myself hard questions." 


"Useful resources provided, and the follow-up emails are a great idea to ensure training is put into practice."


"Fantastic handbook. Great, enthusiastic trainer. Thank you very much."


“I will look at “impact” from a broader perspective now, not just for REF.”


“It was very well paced – changes in learning style throughout the day was useful.”


“Great practical tips.  Overall much to take away both theoretically and practically.”


“Addition of handbook is very useful, especially tools to build impact into research from the outset i.e. stakeholder analysis for impact plan.”


"Wonderfully insightful, useful and energising."

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Half-day workshop £1500 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes 30 free hard copies of The Research Impact Handbook, worth £29.99 each.


90 minute workshops £750 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes PDF copies of The Research Impact Handbook. You can add hard copies of the books for your participants at additional cost.


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