workshops & training

Going beyond theory – Teaching you the “how” of creating and measuring research impact

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Actions not just words

There is a lot of theory and a lot of research evidence on how to create and measure research impact. Theories and frameworks alone will not show you how to achieve it. When creating impact we have to work with people which means that we have to be flexible, work in ways that match behaviour, and consider personalities and bureaucracies.

In fact, studies have shown flexibility and personalisation of strategies is necessary. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) impact assessment collected 6679 impact case studies. Analysis of these case studies revealed over 3709 different pathways to impact, highlighting the individual nature of how we create research impact.

Our workshops & training integrate theory with practice to help you get to impact faster

We realise that time is precious. Our training helps you to develop your skills through bespoke workshops, and our follow up coaching enables you to implement your strategies, test them, and get advice as you go.

Our workshops & training are based on the latest research evidence and user case studies from around the globe. We are constantly scanning the latest evidence in research impact to bring you the very best.

We pride ourselves on providing a workshop structure, that is based on the philosophies underpinning best practice pathways to impact, laced with the realities of working outside of academia, to provide the greatest opportunities for the ongoing sustainability of learning.

Each of our workshops & training includes:

 Evaluation

This allows us to examine our performance, and to provide feedback regarding the value of the workshop to the individual and their organisation.

Implementation

During the workshop participants will work on relevant elements for their own projects. Participants will leave with ideas and a plan of next steps to be undertaken. In some cases, all implementation may be possible during the workshop period.

Workbook

Participants will have a valuable resource to refer back to as they implement their new knowledge.

Coaching

Access tailored implementation support in a follow-up coaching session. All workshops include a follow-up coaching session with each participant to cover any questions and concerns and to facilitate the implementation process.

Action plan

Participants will use action items developed throughout the workshop to develop their plan for the coming months. The plan is developed in a purposeful and strategic way to help progress learning and make sure that time out for this workshop is not wasted but instead leveraged.

Workshops & Training

This half-day workshop provides an initial introduction and understanding of the terminology, definitions and models of knowledge translation.

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This full-day workshop uses planning techniques and a template to determine your project vision and goals. We examine the value of stakeholder involvement and develop strategies to deliver impact from your research. Come with an idea and leave with a plan!

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This half-day or full-day workshop looks at the background to research impact and outlines what is meant by impact. We look at impact types, indicators, and evidence across the range of research disciplines to develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexity of impact.

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This one-day workshop focuses on how to mobilise an established body of evidence into action. Participants will learn about evidence-informed practical tools and strategies for putting knowledge into action in a practice or policy setting.

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This half or full-day workshop looks at how organisations are developing structures, processes and capacity to meet the growing demands of planning for, capturing and reporting on Research Impact

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This one-day workshop introduces researchers to the importance of engagement with social media. Researchers will learn about the different channels and develop a social strategy to suit their needs.

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This two -day workshop focuses on the elements required for successful grant applications. We look at government funding, philanthropic funding, and industry funding to help you succeed no matter what the source.

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The SKTT™ workshop was developed at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. A world-leader in KT research and practice, SickKids is partnering with the Research Impact Academy™ to offer a tailored SKTT™ curriculum relevant to the Australian & New Zealand context.

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Build your own adventure (workshops & training)

We have a range of modules that can be put together to create your bespoke workshop experience. 

Translation basics

Explore knowledge translation and research impact theory including definitions, terminology, the system, models and frameworks.

KT planning

Learn how to develop your KT goals, strategies and plan, and determine the resources and budget you’ll need.

Impact

Learn about impact and plan for different activities, indicators and the types of evidence and measures you can capture to show your impact.

Communication

Learn how to pitch and summarise your project and talk about KT and impact using plain language in grants and with stakeholders.

Presentation skills

Learn how to be an engaging and influential presenter, confident in presentation structure and storytelling for diverse audiences.

Building networks

Learn how to map and build a powerful network of collaborators. Develop a clear value proposition and understanding of roles, people, behaviour and communication platforms for working with and managing stakeholders.

Organisational strategies for achieving impact

Take a KT journey with your team from where you currently operate to where you would like to be in the future. Deepen your understanding of how to drive culture change and plan for and create research impact.

Fundamentals of implementation

Learn the basics of how to implement research in a way that maximises impact.

Building your research profile for a successful career

Learn online and offline strategies to promote your research and its meaningful impact to enjoy new career success.

Strategies for gaining research funding

Find out how to use knowledge translation to become a top contender for funding.

What people are saying about our workshops & training…

  • I am excited and relieved to be successful for an NHMRC investigator award

    I am excited and relieved to be successful for an NHMRC investigator award. Your session on preparing for this grant enabled me to get my head around what might be required in terms of research impact, and helped me articulate my research impact for the application. Thanks to your workshop, I learnt this important skill.

    Sarah Dusntan
    University of Melbourne

  • Instructive and engaging workshop

    Thanks for an instructive and engaging workshop. It was really timely. I went straight to a research project planning meeting and could make suggestions to our design so we could capture metrics around impact which was great.

    Workshop Attendee
    RMIT University

  • Really helpful

    Really enjoyed the workshop, unfortunately I was only able to attend after morning tea, i found it was really helpful and helped me make plans to plan research with impact

    Workshop Attendee
    University of Sydney

  • Engage them early in your planning

    I would recommend RI Academy to any researcher wanting to ensure real impact clinically or otherwise. Engage them early in your planning

    Trudy Rebbeck
    University of Sydney

  • Has given us valuable tools to create a research project that will have great impact.

    We brought Tamika in to support us in commencing a Participatory Action Research project that will have high impact in CFA. Tamika has been great to work with right from the start and has given us valuable tools to create a research project that will have great impact. Through this process, we are starting our research off on a solid ground with a shared vision, smart goals and a map of our stakeholders.

    Elaine Hamilton
    CFA

  • KT Australia provides valuable objective opinion and guidance

    KT Australia provides valuable objective opinion and guidance, enabling a more directed and cohesive application

    Anonymous
    University of Melbourne

  • They provided guidance as to what I need to do in the future to drive impact

    It was great to have input from experts in how to write a research impact case for grant funding purposes. But importantly, they provided guidance as to what I need to do in the future to drive impact

    Kim Bennell
    University of Melbourne

  • KT Australia provided excellent advice

    KT Australia provided excellent advice and fine-tuning of impact, innovation and significance sections of grants I am leading.

    Anonymous
    University of Melbourne

  • Knowledge translation in its true form

    “If I had done this KT Australia workshop with Tamika before embarking on my project, I would have been more successful in actually conducting knowledge translation in its true form – from dissemination to implementation in practice.”

    Loretta Piccenna
    National Trauma Research Institute & Monash University

  • Excellent workshop

    I went from being a social media non-user to an active participant in just one day!

    Dr Lana Williams
    Deakin University

  • Great ambassadress

    With a recent introduction to the concepts of KT I was excited and hopeful to be referred to Knowledge Translation Australia. I found Tamika to be a great ambassadress for the place and processes of KT in research and practice. I look forward to contributing to the ‘closing of the loop’

    Krista Watts
    Peter Doherty

  • Thanks Tamika!

    Thanks Tamika. I truly enjoyed this workshop and have made some relevant decisions for our research projects based on the content and ideas presented.

    Ana Mantilla
    Australian Catholic University

  • Great facilitation

    With the different parties involved, identifying and agreeing on a system was a challenge for us. We found that with Tamika’s assistance as a facilitator, a clear direction emerged, by questioning us and encouraging discussion therefore providing a pathway to an agreement on a system.

    James Ogden Brown
    Sugar Research Australia

  • Tamika was able to quickly grasp what we wanted

    Tamika was able to quickly grasp what we wanted and guide us through a process to identify the key actions we needed to undertake to deliver practical impact assessment for our industry adoption and extension activities. In doing so, she had a very friendly and personable approach and was able to work comfortably with our team and appropriately challenge us where warranted.

    Leigh Clement
    Sugar Research Australia

  • Tamika facilitated a great workshop which provided the participants with a lot of food for thought

    Tamika facilitated a great workshop which provided the participants with a lot of food for thought. Researchers are often stuck in their research and grant writing bubble but Tamika’s workshop challenged how they thought about their work, interactions with industry and approach to writing grants. Feedback from the participants was very positive and I am sure they all walked away with many valuable pieces of advice and practical applications.

    Dr Nikki Sims-Chilton
    Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist

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