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Welcome to the Research Impact Catalyst Program!

Created for Impact Practitioners! Are you a research administrator, impact officer, or part of a communications team within a university? This comprehensive professional development initiative is crafted especially for you. The exclusive year-long program is designed to deepen your understanding and enhance your skills in supporting research impact.

Our program offers a transformative journey, equipping you with the skills, strategies, and confidence needed to navigate the complex landscape of research impact.

Led by impact experts Tamika Heiden and Cathie Withyman, the Research Impact Catalyst Program provides an engaging and dynamic learning environment. Through interactive activities, stimulating discussions, and practical tools, you will gain a wealth of insights and practical strategies to elevate the impact of your organisation’s research endeavours.

Join a community of passionate professionals dedicated to driving meaningful change. Our program emphasises collaboration, communication, and engagement, ensuring you leave with a toolkit brimming with innovative ideas and resources. Whether you’re looking to develop structured impact case studies, enhance your communication strategies, or boost your confidence in demonstrating research value, this program is your catalyst for growth and innovation.

Highlights from the inaugural program in the UK

This comprehensive program includes: 

2-day Training

An initial 2-day intensive training in person, providing an immersive and engaging learning experience and networking opportunities. 

Eight online training sessions

8 tailored sessions of 2 hours each, focusing on various aspects of research impact, from planning and tracking to effective communication.

Online community

A dedicated online platform for continuous peer-to-peer learning and support within a dynamic community of practice.

Certificate

A certificate of participation will be
given to all the participants after completion of the program.

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Why Join the Impact Catalyst Program?

 Enhance Your Skills: Leverage your existing knowledge and experience with new, innovative training techniques designed to boost your confidence and effectiveness as a trainer. This programme isn’t about filling gaps – it’s about elevating what you already excel at to new heights.

Empowerment and Growth: See yourself as a leader and influencer within your community. This programme offers the tools and support to help you contribute significantly to the success of your colleagues and extend your professional influence.

Respect for Your Expertise: We understand that you bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Our program is structured to complement and build upon your skills, providing a collaborative environment where your insights help shape the training experience.

A Collaborative Journey: Your voice matters. From the outset, we invite you to contribute to the planning and design of the program, ensuring that every aspect is relevant, engaging, and tailored to meet the collective goals of all participants.

Positive and Supportive Environment: Engage in a program that speaks the language of motivation and inspiration. We’re here to uplift and support you through every step of your training journey, offering resources, guidance, and a community that’s rooting for your success.

Ongoing Support: Beyond the structured sessions, our commitment to you continues. With access to a wealth of resources and a supportive network, you’ll have everything you need to thrive as a trainer and professional.

 Transformative Learning at an Exceptional Value

Join our Impact Catalyst Program – a transformative journey designed to redefine the impact of research in your organization.

This comprehensive, year-long program is more than just a learning experience; it’s an investment in your future as a leader in research impact as a profession. 

Special Early Bird Offer! 

$ 1,900 + GST

Full price $2300 +GST, you Save $400

Embark on this one-of-a-kind program and transform the way research impact is supported and communicated in your institution.

Limited spots available! Offer ends July 31st

Interested in sending your entire team? Contact us to inquire about group pricing.
info@researchimpactacademy.com

What you will gain

You’ll be part of an elite group of no more than 25 attendees, ensuring personalised attention and a focused learning environment. This fee covers all elements of the program, including in-person training, extensive training materials, online sessions, and continuous access to an online community.  

  1. Deep insights into supporting research impact, including understanding terminology, outputs, and activities.
  2. Skills to support researchers in developing impactful plans, effective grant applications, and impact case studies.
  3. Strategies to enable researcher and stakeholder engagements, enhancing collaboration and networking.
  4. Expertise in tracking, evaluating, and communicating research impact.
Feedback from participants in our previous programs consistently highlights the engaging delivery and practical applications of our workshops. The Impact Catalyst Program builds on this legacy, offering an enriching and dynamic learning experience. It represents not just an investment in your professional growth but also a significant opportunity to elevate the research impact within your institution.
 

6 Modules –  Two day in-person workshop

1. A Shared Understanding of Research Impact

This module is designed to foster a shared understanding of the intricacies of research impact among workshop participants. You’ll explore various dimensions of impact, from academic advancements to societal benefits, and discuss the evolving landscape of research where impact is increasingly a measure of success. You will learn strategies to effectively communicate the importance of research impact and empower others to navigate its complexities. Engaging case studies will provide concrete examples of successful impact, providing opportunities for discussion and setting the stage for deeper exploration in subsequent modules.

Definition and dimensions of research impact.
Definition and dimensions of research impact.
Importance of impact in the modern research landscape.
Importance of impact in the modern research landscape.
Overview of terminology, models, frameworks.
Overview of terminology, models, frameworks.

2. Enhanced Planning for Translation and Research Impact

This module will enable you to provide invaluable support in the foundational stages of research planning, setting the stage for impactful results. We will focus on proactive approaches to designing research with impact, such as goal setting and mapping impact pathways, with the aim of supporting you in your pivotal role in shaping research strategies to maximise impact. You’ll learn about various frameworks and tools that aid in planning, executing, and tracking the translation of research into real-world benefits. This module will emphasise the importance of stakeholder engagement and setting clear, measurable objectives for impact, alongside strategies to communicate and disseminate research effectively.

Frameworks for planning research with impact in mind.
Frameworks for planning research with impact in mind.
Identifying and engaging with stakeholders early.
Identifying and engaging with stakeholders early.
Tools for setting and measuring impact objectives.
Tools for setting and measuring impact objectives.
Strategies for effective communication and dissemination.
Strategies for effective communication and dissemination.

3.  Helping Researchers/Students Track and Evaluate their Research Impact

This module will immerse you in the practical aspects of mapping, monitoring and evaluating research impact over time. It offers an examination of both prospective and retrospective approaches and explores the diverse array of tools and techniques essential for tracking, assessing, and effectively communicating impact. Real-life case studies will serve as invaluable examples of successful impact tracking and evaluation strategies. By engaging with these case studies, you will gain practical insights to support researchers and students on their own impact journeys.

Prospective vs. retrospective impact tracking.
Prospective vs. retrospective impact tracking.
Tools and methods for monitoring impact.
Tools and methods for monitoring impact.
Evaluating and reporting and communicating impact effectively.
Evaluating and reporting and communicating impact effectively.
Examples of impact mapping.
Examples of impact mapping.

4.  Supporting Impact in Grant Writing – Demystifying Grant Guidelines

This module demystifies the process of integrating impact into grant writing, focusing on what funders are looking for and how to effectively communicate potential impact. By dissecting grant guidelines, you will gain clarity on funder expectations, enabling you to help others navigate the application process with confidence. Moreover, you will learn how to articulate the significance of potential impact to researchers and assist them in crafting compelling and coherent narratives around impact within their grant proposals. These invaluable skills elevate the likelihood of funding success, ultimately empowering you to support others in the art of impactful grant writing.

Understanding funders' perspectives on impact.
Understanding funders’ perspectives on impact.
Key components of an impactful grant proposal.
Key components of an impactful grant proposal.
Navigating and interpreting grant guidelines.
Navigating and interpreting grant guidelines.

5. Elevating Research Impact Communication

Mastering the art of crafting compelling impact narratives is crucial for influential reports, publications, and case studies. This module will equip you with the skills to assist others in effectively conveying the impact of their work. It focuses on the nuances of impact communication, ensuring that researchers’ contributions are recognised and understood by a wide audience. You will learn about the tools needed to support and mentor researchers in expressing their contributions with clarity and precision. Upon completing this module, you will be able to share diverse and effective communication strategies, ensuring that the broad spectrum of research impacts is conveyed and valued across different platforms and by varied audiences.

Principles of effective impact writing.
Principles of effective impact writing.
Tailoring impact narratives for different audiences.
Tailoring impact narratives for different audiences.
Structuring and presenting impact case studies.
Structuring and presenting impact case studies.
Overcoming common challenges in impact writing.
Overcoming common challenges in impact writing.

6.  Establishing and Marketing an Impact Service

The final module focuses on translating your understanding of research impact into an actionable service within your organisation. You’ll explore how to assess the needs of your research community, develop a tailored support framework, effectively market your services and learn strategies to boost researcher engagement. The module will also cover ways to measure and demonstrate the value of your impact service, ensuring its sustainability and growth. Covering marketing, trust-building, strategic partnerships, and service evaluation, this module ultimately aims to support you to drive a culture of impact within your organisation and elevate your leadership skills. This module is geared towards helping you have an impact!

Understanding the needs and expectations of your research community.
Understanding the needs and expectations of your research community.
Building a support framework tailored to those needs.
Building a support framework tailored to those needs.
Strategies for marketing and promoting your impact services.
Strategies for marketing and promoting your impact services.
Measuring and demonstrating the value of your service.
Measuring and demonstrating the value of your service.

8 Online Sessions throughout the following 12 months

 

Module Title

Stakeholder Engagement Strategies: Techniques for effectively engaging with stakeholders to maximise research relevance and uptake.

Social Media and Digital Outreach: Harnessing social media and digital platforms to amplify research findings and engage with broader audiences.

Technology and AI for Impact: Exploration of how artificial intelligence and emerging technologies can be leveraged to enhance and track the impact of research.

Policy and Research Impact: Understanding the interface between research and policy-making, and how to shape research to inform policy decisions.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Best practices for facilitating interdisciplinary research projects and collaborations to drive innovation and impact.

Impact Storytelling and Communication: Crafting compelling narratives that articulate the significance and benefits of research findings to non-specialist audiences.

Sustainable Impact Models: Developing long-term strategies for maintaining and scaling the impact of research projects.

New Learnings in Research Impact: Updates on the latest research methodologies and their implications for measuring and achieving impact.

Meet Your Facilitators

A Dynamic Duo

Together, Tamika and Cathie have been at the forefront of guiding and supporting researchers in effectively communicating their impact for the last 6 years. Their collaboration has led to training researchers across diverse disciplines – from health to history, business to agriculture, and law to arts – in various parts of the world, including the UK and Abu Dhabi. Their combined expertise offers a rich and diverse perspective, ensuring that participants gain a comprehensive understanding of research impact in a global context.

Join the Research Impact Academy’s transformative year-long program, uniquely designed for research administrators and impact officers. Under the expert guidance of Tamika Heiden and Cathie Withyman, this program offers an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your understanding and enhance your skills in supporting and communicating research impact.

Director of the Research Impact Academy

Dr Tamika Heiden

Director of the Research Impact Academy

A veteran in planning and writing impactful case studies, Tamika has worked with over 1000 individuals globally. Her expertise in unlocking research funding opportunities and amplifying potential impacts across various sectors has made her a sought-after consultant in the research impact community.

Research Impact Communication Specialist

Cathie Withyman

Research Impact Communication Specialist

With over 20 years of experience, Cathie excels in developing engaging impact narratives. Her skill in crafting compelling stories that bring out the true nature of research impacts has been instrumental in her collaboration with leading universities and government departments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Feedback from our past workshop participants

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Early Bird Offer! 

$ 1,900 + GST

Embark on this one-of-a-kind program and transform the way research impact is supported and communicated in your institution.

Secure your spot now – Limited spots available! Offer ends July 31st

Interested in sending your entire team? Contact us to inquire about group pricing.
info@researchimpactacademy.com