International development for impact


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 and the majority of other research active institutions.



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. 

  • ​Get advice on how to write a fundable GCRF proposal from a former GCRF panelist

  • Explore evidence-based principles to help integrate impact across your proposal 

  • 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

  • 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.

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 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?

What are people saying about this course?

A selection of quotes from feedback forms:

“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."




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 there 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: