Evidence, Innovation and Knowledge Sharing: Using Contribution Analysis to Evaluate Impact

26 August 1-2.30pm

Centre for Research on Families and Relationships,
23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH9 8LN

Catherine-Rose Stocks-Rankin

IRISS is one of several intermediary organisations in the UK which aim to promote evidence and innovation as vehicles for improving policy and practice. SCIE refers to itself as a ‘knowledge broker organisation’; JIT uses the term ‘improvement organisation’; the ALLIANCE is a ‘third sector intermediary’ and Nesta uses the term ‘i-teams’. At IRISS, we suggest that we act as a ‘catalyst’ for change. But what do ‘intermediaries’ actually do? And how can we evidence their impact?

This presentation will outline the findings from an 18-month ethnographic evaluation of IRISS through the lens of contribution analysis. Findings suggest that the work of IRISS to inform, facilitate, translate and co-create improves outcomes for people and creates opportunities for culture change in the design, deliver and experience of social services. But how does it do this? And what are the risks? Come along to find out!

To register for this event please email: brenda.saetta@ed.ac.uk


New seminar: Design for Knowledge Mobilisation

Who: Mel Woods, University of Dundee
When: 5 May 2015, 2.30 – 4pm
Where: Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Delta House, 50 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2NP

The development of methods and technologies to support knowledge discovery, exchange (KE) and mobilisation (KMb) has drawn on a range of disciplines. In recent years design thinking has evolved to promote a user centred approach to the design of systems, services and technologies through the sharing of ideas, expertise and skills between people. This talk will illustrate how, by applying user centred approaches to KE and KMb, we can make the most of knowledge, experience and creativity for both individuals and organisations. Practical use cases will illustrate this and a strategic approach to KMb that is particularly useful for interdisciplinary or cross sector working will be discussed. This event is free but you will need to register at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seminar-design-for-knowledge-mobilisation-mel-woods-registration-14750680683

Seminar: Partnerships for Impact

Sarah Morton
Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange), Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

Seminar: 8 December 2014, 2-3,30pm

There is increasing agreement that partnerships between academics and non-academics can help accelerate impact. There is less investigation on how and why this is the case. Sarah Morton draws on her long experience of working in various partnerships with non-academic agencies, as well as her research investigating research partnerships to explore this topic. What is it about partnership that increases the use of research, and how can we make sure partnerships are successful?

Sarah works at the interface between social research, policy and practice in a range of leadership roles. She is Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange) at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships where she leads a Knowledge Exchange team which facilitates ways in which research on families and relationships can be widely used, carries out research on evidence to action, and leads on strategy for the Centre.  She is a Director of What Works Scotland leading on the evidence to action stream that aims to increase ways that local authorities can use evidence to develop public services She is also the Knowledge Exchange Specialist for the Centre for Community and Public Health Sciences and an Impact Analyst within the University of Edinburgh and with wider projects She is an associate of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation, The National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement,  and a was member of the Scottish Funding Council’s working group on Knowledge Exchange and Public Policy.  She has been the Knowledge Exchange advisor for two UK-wide ESRC Centres: Timescapes and the Centre for Population Change

Cost: The seminar is free to attend
Venue: CRFR, 23 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LN
Please book via Eventbrite at:http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/partnerships-for-impact-scottish-ke-community-of-practice-seminar-tickets-13986354563.

The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Community of Practice returns

We would like to welcome all of our members back to the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Community of Practice. We are pleased to be joined by our partners, Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, Evaluation Support Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland to offer a programme of seminars and discussion sessions for practitioners and researchers working to get evidence used in policy and practice.

We will be meeting 4 times a year, each session will include a seminar from an invited guest, followed by discussion and time for sharing and questions.