Our Research Impact School will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand and assess the impact of your work, so that you can tell a robust story about the difference your research or evidence to action strategy makes.

The School is split into two modules.

About Module 1

  • Next start date: 7th June 2021.
  • Duration: Four weeks
  • Time commitment: Across the four weeks there will be a total of one 50-minute introductory session, four 1-hour presentations and four live 90-minute workshops, plus optional homework.
  • When: See the programme below for schedule
  • Where: Online (Zoom, Slack, Miro and Vimeo)
  • For: People who need to understand and improve how research and evidence influence people, policy, practice or communities. This includes individual researchers, research leaders, researchers in public or voluntary organisations, impact support workers and anyone interested in getting evidence into action.
  • Cost: £180 + VAT (for Module 1)

Over four weeks we will explore what we mean by research impact and how to ensure impact, before starting to think about ways of tracking the difference research and evidence to action strategies make.

The course is held online, and is a blend of live presentations, workshops and ongoing online discussion available via Slack.

You will learn from a leading experts about key elements of research impact, have a chance to apply these to your work, and to discuss and share with colleagues. 

Learn from an international leader in research impact

The Matter of Focus Research Impact School is led by
Dr Sarah Morton (co-founding director of Matter of Focus and Honorary Fellow University of Edinburgh).

Sarah has an international reputation as a leader in the fields of knowledge exchange and research impact, leading in-demand courses such as Making and Measuring Impact for NCRM, and has been an invited speaker on this topic in the UK, Canada and Australia. She has conducted eight independent impact studies and supported organisations and individuals to create and understand the impact of research and evidence-use strategies.

Through the weekly workshops, you will engage with your course peers, for ongoing learning and sharing.  

What will I learn and gain?

Presentation topics

  • Presentation 1: What is research impact? Issues in research impact, what kind of knowledge mobiliser are you?
  • Presentation 2: Impact strategy 1 – Stakeholder mapping
  • Presentation 3: Impact strategy 2 – Stakeholder engagement (knowledge exchange methods, creativity)
  • Presentation 4: Impact maps – what are their benefits and how to plot them. Issues in research impact assessment.

Workshop focus

  • Workshop 1: High level impact statements. Enablers/barriers to impact. KStar.
  • Workshop 2: Stakeholder mapping and targeted approaches
  • Workshop 3: Aligning methods and stakeholders – the foundations of strategy
  • Workshop 4: Impact maps and strategies – bringing it together and assessment issues

View the course programme

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By the end of the course you will:

  • have a better understanding of the processes of research use and research impact 
  • be able to draw on key concepts and strategies to inform knowledge mobilisation and impact plans
  • understand what is more or less effective in creating research impact
  • feel more confident and able to engage with the impact requirements of research funders.

What difference will this make?

After attending this course, you will:

  • be able to plan an impact strategy that draws on best practice
  • have a community of peers to draw on for support and advice
  • be ready to enroll for Module 2 where you can build a framework for assessing your own impact.

Is the Research Impact School for me?

Our Research Impact School is here for anyone interested in improving their understanding of research impact and evidence to action strategies, and wishing to be equipped to ensure these are effective and measurable.

  • Researchers that want to learn more about research impact and to be able to track their impact
  • Research leaders that want to be able to inspire others to work in impactful ways
  • Leaders or administrators of research centres or evidence to action teams that want to meaningfully track their impact
  • Researchers or teams concerned with getting evidence into action in the public and third sectors.

In-house training

This course can be offered to larger groups as in-house training. If you would like to discuss this as an option, please get in touch.

What do I need to take part?

  • Access to the Internet for Slack, Zoom, Miro and Vimeo – we will send you invitations to join us on these platforms.

When are the sessions?

Welcome and orientation session

Monday 7th June 2021, 2.00 – 2.50 pm BST – live, on Zoom.


Presentations are held live in Zoom and a recorded and made available to you via Vimeo later the same day. If you can’t join us live, catch-up by watching the video and use the Slack channel to ask any questions.

  • Presentation 1: Monday 7th June 2021, 3.00 – 4.00 pm BST
  • Presentation 2: Thursday 10th June 2021, 3.00 – 4.00 pm BST
  • Presentation 3: Thursday 17th June 2021, 3.00 – 4.00 pm BST
  • Presentation 4: Thursday 14th June 2021, 3.00 – 4.00 pm BST

Wednesday workshops

Wokshops are hosted in Zoom with Miro alongside. We offer a choice of two times for your Wednesday workshops, to enable people to join us from different timezones. You are encouraged to stick to the same time each week, but are free to change the time that you attend each week to suit your timetable.

  • Workshop 1: Wednesday 9th June 2021, 9.00 – 10.30 am BST or 4.00 – 5.30 pm BST
  • Workshop 2: Wednesday 16th June 2021, 9.00 – 10.30 am BST or 4.00 – 5.30 pm BST
  • Workshop 3: Wednesday 23th June 2021, 9.00 – 10.30 am BST or 4.00 – 5.30 pm BST
  • Workshop 4: Wednesday 30th June 2021, 9.00 – 10.30 am BST or 4.00 – 5.30 pm BST

How much does it cost?

  • The cost per place on Module 1 is £180 + VAT
  • After you submit the booking form, we will be in touch to arrange payment, which can be made via card payment or bank transfer.

How can I find out more?

We would be happy to answer any further questions you have about the Research Impact School. Please send us a message in the first instance.

How do I sign up?

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