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Creating, capturing and communicating research impact
13th - 15th October 2020
9am - 11am 

This is a one day workshop split into four 90 minutes sessions across two weeks

In 2020, you need to understand impact!

This live and online workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of research impact and help you understand what it is, how you can plan for it, and how to easily create more opportunities to take your work to the next level. You will gain the skills and understand tools to capture meaningful information that you can use when writing about your impact in grant applications, in assessment case studies, or reporting to your funders and key stakeholders. This workshop will help you articulate your impact in a clear, logical and convincing way.

Impact knowledge and communication skills are vital to most professions and organisations. In research, this can help with grant applications and applications for promotions and tenure. In addition, we see more and more emphasis on the assessment of impact, and there is an increasing need to understand how to structure and to communicate impact within case studies. In the non-profit sector or research funding arena, we are seeing a need to evaluate the impact of your work so that you can ensure a solid return on investment and continued funding and donations.

Workshop structure & modules

We have broken the workshop into separate sessions across three days to suit those working in different timezones, and that may have other competing interests during the day. This workshop will consist of three sessions of two hours duration. The sessions will be live online so that you have the opportunity to fully participate in the same way you would in a traditional face to face workshop. We will be using Zoom for the sessions, and participants will have the ability to ask questions using their microphones.

Context setting
  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Context setting - why impact is vital and what it means to you
  • Understanding the role of prospective and retrospective impact
Create impact
  • Terminology and definitions - translation and impact
  • What is a pathway to impact?
  • The known elements of successful pathways
  • How to map your own successful pathway to impact
  • Understanding impact activities and outputs
Capture impact
  • Identifying impact elements - outcomes and impacts
  • Learn about impact logic models + our personal adapted model
  • Understand indicators for impact
  • Capture relevant evidence to show proof of impact
Communicate impact
  • Considering your reader
  • Crafting your narrative in a logical and clear way
  • Know how to structure your key message and problem statement
  • Examples of succinct and strong language
  • The ten step checklist for writing about impact

Your workshop facilitator

Dr Tamika Heiden
Principal, Research Impact Academy

Tamika has dedicated the last five years of her career to impact pathways through knowledge translation and the identification and assessment of research impact. Tamika is passionate about making a difference and delivering projects that create significant and lasting change for her clients. 

Tamika’s more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research, along with her formal qualifications in knowledge translation and impact make her one of the few specialists that doesn’t just talk the talk. Tamika enjoys helping her clients to form partnerships, develop impact plans, and be rewarded for their efforts.

More recently, Tamika founded and hosted the annual online Research Impact Summit. Tamika's passion for impact, along with the summit success, has led to her becoming known as the “Australian powerhouse of Research Impact”, and resulted in her winning the 2018 Knowledge Mobilization Forum award for Innovation. With a 4000 strong audience representing 47 countries, Tamika has interviewed more than fifty experts in the fields of stakeholder engagement, translation and implementation, and research impact.

13th - 15th October 2020
3 sessions
9am - 11am AEST, 4pm - 6pm PDT
$350 AUD

3 x 2 hour live training sessions in one week

PDF copies of slides

Access to workshop recording for one month


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Feedback from workshop participants

This course has profoundly changed and enhanced my view of impact. I think it should be essential for all researchers. I have always sought the research-practice connection. This workshop quantified that for me and clarified how the connection between research and practice can be tangibly measured and communicated. If this definition of impact were more widely shared, it would have the potential to transform academia, making the production, translation, and application of research so much more efficient and practical.

Nicole Weeks, Australian Childrens Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) April 2020

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Simple, and relatable explanation of KT and impact creation - that really hits home with academics

Ryan Wendt, RMIT University
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I was fortunate to attend Tamika Heiden’s 2 day masterclass for Securing Successful Research Funding and Grants Applications in February 2018. It was quickly obvious that Tamika is passionate about impact for research, and for people to achieve and be successful. She presented the information clearly and with experience. She was able to communicate relevance to all people in the room regardless of their experience and reason for attending. I left the masterclass feeling very well equipped to take the steps needed to improve my future applications. If you have the opportunity to attend Tamika’s masterclass, you should go as I am sure you will get a lot from it both professionally and personally.

Dr Helen Petsky RN, PhD, Grif
Learning outcomes
Understanding impact
  • You will understand the different types of impact
  • We will help you identify the value and impact of all research outputs, including datasets, software and publications
  • Raise your awareness of the broad range of impact measures including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice
  • Outputs vs. outcomes for impact – Gain clarity around dissemination activities versus reach versus impact
  • Evidence considerations by impact and indicator type, understand what is needed to support your claims
Know your research or knowledge users
  • Identify the impact activities used to translate the research and the audiences of these activities
  • Map your research users to identify potentially uncaptured impacts and to build into the impact pathway as part of your narrative
Writing styles for impact pathways and case studies
  • Building your case study, examples of good and bad case studies
  • Using a story narrative to articulate your research impact in a compelling way
  • Examples and case studies of what an impact pathway looks like in practice
  • Case study examples of innovative translation and implementation activities
  • Linking the research and the researcher’s contribution to the impact
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Who Should attend?
Are you a researcher applying for a grant that asks about impacts or benefits  to society? Are you writing a research impact case study? Do you want to report on your impact to donors and other stakeholders?

The workshop is appropriate for researchers, research support staff, research funding agencies and anyone wanting to understand how to create, capture and communicate benefits and impact.
What you will learn
Impact definitions and terminology
The first step to succeeding with understanding impact is to know or be aware of the many and varied terms and definitions surrounding this confusing area. 
Writing with clarity 
We want you to have the skills to both understand your impact but to convey both the purpose of your work and the resulting impacts that your program of work has had.
End users and activities
We will examine the the internal and external collaborations you had and the activities you used to deliver your research knowledge. Armed with this information you will have a clear path to creating, capturing and communicating your impacts.
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