One of RDI Network’s core objective’s is to increase the skills of the development sector to capture the impact of research, evaluations and programming.
In fact, the Network commissioned a study to investigate the development outcomes and impacts of research undertaken under the Australian Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) from 2007-2016. The resulting report, From evidence to impact: Development contributions of Australian aid funded research [PDF] strategically plan their pathway to impact.
From the overwhelmingly positive response from the community, that 2017 report gave rise to the 2020 guide, Enhancing Research Impact in International Development: A Practical Guide for Practitioners and Researchers (ERIID). The ERIID provides practical approaches and step-by-step templates to improve and maximise the research impact of a project.
Now, in collaboration with Professor Mark Reed (of Fast Track Your Impact fame), the Network is proud to offer a 90-min webinar to learn how to co-produce research proposals with stakeholders and evidence the impacts. You will learn practical tools you can use remotely or in workshops to develop research projects that meet real needs. You will also learn how to monitor impacts quickly and easily as they arise, and how to design an impact evaluation.
As part of the session you will receive a PDF copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook and a hard copy edition of the ERIID.
Date: Wednesday 19 August 2020
Time: 11am-12.30pm (AEST)
Key benefits of the webinar:
- Get tools for identifying project partners and stakeholders, and identifying potential impacts
- Learn how to develop a Theory of Change from the bottom-up, based on impact goals identified with your partners
- Discover tools to quickly and easily track planned impacts as well as opportunistic impacts as they arise, and learn how to evaluate impacts
Cost: $35 for full-price, $15 for concessional / small ACFID members. Workshop to be paid for in advance to confirm your booking. The RDI Network is providing this training at below-cost price, so please email [email protected] for other provisions.
How it works online
- Sessions run via Zoom which does not require any software (just an Internet browser), enabling colleagues to join easily from home.
- After the training you get a full video recording of each session, plus slides.
- There are two main modes of group interaction:
- Small group work works via Zoom’s break-out room function, with key insights reported back in plenary to the wider group
- Plenary discussion works via Zoom’s chat function in a two-part process. First everyone is asked to comment via chat (e.g. provide an answer to a provocative question, or ask a question of their own). Second, a sample of these comments is used to facilitate further in-depth discussion via commentary from Mark, followed by an open-mic session for those who want to take the discussion further
- Additional learning and interaction you can’t get face-to-face, for example:
- More engagement in plenary discussion than is possible face-to-face because everyone is asked to write an answer to the discussion point (or pose their own question) before discussion commences, rather than just the few who have time (and courage) to speak
- Individual follow-up after the workshop and a free follow-up programme over five weeks, to apply what they have learned in evidencing impact