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Fast track the impact of your research

Since it was introduced in 2013, this course has become the most widely used resource to train researchers in impact in the world, having been used by over 200 institutions in 55 countries to date. This is evidence-based training, conducted by researchers for researchers. Here's what a typical day looks like:

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

  • A free copy for each participant of our acclaimed 375 page Research Impact Handbook based on the latest research (plus a copy of our magazine and worksheets) (RRP £24.99)

  • Configure your training as a full-day event or as two individually bookable half-day events

  • A free follow-up programme over five weeks, so participants can 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

  • Mark replies to email queries from all members of the group after the training to trouble-shoot problems and ensure they can put what they’ve learned into practice.



Session 1: Fast track the impact of your research

  • Thinking tools: What is impact?

  • Practical tools for busy researchers

    • Prioritising which stakeholders and publics to engage with first

    • Planning for impact efficiently and effectively

Session 2: Writing the impact sections of a fellowship application or other grant proposal

  • Small group discussion of example impact summaries and pathways to impact

  • Presentation: secrets of success

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Session 4: The Digital Academic: how to move from a passive digital footprint to active engagement and impact without risking your time or reputation


Whether you are a novice or an expert, this session will enable you to harness the power of your digital footprint to enhance your research. The session includes significant time for discussion and gives you an opportunity to:

  • Critically reflect on your digital footprint and consider how you can actively manage and curate your online presence more efficiently and effectively

  • Critically discuss the risks and benefits of social media, addressing concerns over time-wasting, privacy and reputational damage head-on

  • Explore the reasons why social media has, in theory, so much potential for generating impact

  • Come to a reasoned decision about whether you want to reduce risks to your time and reputation by engaging differently or less with social media, or whether (and how) you might progress from "watching", to "signposting" other people's content and generating your own research-based content

  • Learn how to grow your influence and audience without spending all day online, so you efficiently target the audiences most interested in your research and drive traffic to your blogs, videos and other online resources linked to your research

  • Learn how to turn online influence into offline impact that can be measured in real terms through a case study of research that used social media as a pathway to impact, which was featured in REF2014

  • Find out how to optimise your tweets and implement a strategy that will give you instant and rapid growth on Twitter with limited time inputs

  • Find out how you can use LinkedIn to drive impacts from your research rather than just using it as an online CV


Professor Reed has over 60,000 followers across different social media platforms, giving him significant online influence. He has used this influence to drive significant impacts from his research, whilst saving time in his working day through his efficient and highly targeted use of social media. 

Training agenda example for mixed researchers from post-docs to Profs

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Session 5: Designing & facilitating events with research users
Whether with other researchers, stakeholders or publics, all researchers need to be able to lead efficient and powerful meetings and workshops if they want their work to make a difference. You can't always defer to someone with more experience or hire a professional facilitator, but by learning a few basic tips and tricks, you will feel empowered to deal with the most challenging situations and individuals and run events that everyone enjoys. Learn how to:


  • Design meetings and workshops that facilitate themselves, so you stay on track and work effectively together, whether or not you have experience or confidence as a facilitator

  • Use simple techniques that structure events, give everyone a say and prevent dominant individuals taking over

  • Identify and manage tricky power dynamics in a group, so you can adapt your approach to avoid conflict

  • Identify and manage difficult individuals without confrontation, even if they are significantly more powerful than you, so you have the confidence to keep things on track

  • Consider ways of increasing your personal power over time so you grow in confidence as you manage meetings, workshops and colleagues



Prof Reed is a professional facilitator who has designed and run over 100 participatory processes with researchers, stakeholders and publics for a range of clients including government departments and UN bodies. 



Session 6: Working with policy-makers: a relational approach
 (for those in the group likely to work with policy as part of their pathway to impact)


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 that you can use with the people you come into relationship with. Based on the experience of your trainer and discussion with the group:


  • Consider where you would place yourself on a continuum from passive informer to active influencer, trading off the risks of not achieving impacts versus the potential risks to your reputation

  • Extract best practice principles from a range of different policy briefs, and consider how you might design something around your research, or in collaboration with colleagues doing more policy-relevant research linked to your work

  • In addition to the formal mechanisms, you can use to get your evidence into policy, consider how to build trust and credibility for your research from the bottom up via policy and evidence analysts and the top-down via intermediaries who can work directly with ministers

  • Discuss ways of making initial contacts, finding the right people to influence within the policy community and how to work with different types of knowledge brokers and intermediaries to get research messages across without losing control of your message 



Prof Reed has worked extensively with the UK Government, Devolved Administrations, international governments and the United Nations to deliver policy impacts from his research, and emphasizes the role of empathy and trust in producing research that genuinely affects policy change.




Full day workshop for up to 30 people: £2800 + VAT


30 participants (including email support for all participants from Prof Reed) = £2800 + VAT (£93 + VAT per head – minimum order)

40 (with email support for all participants) = £3100 + VAT (£78 + VAT per head)

50 (with email support for all participants) = £3400 + VAT (£68 + VAT per head)

60 (with email support for all participants) = £3700 + VAT (£62 + VAT per head)


For trainings in the UK 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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