Being able to plan, articulate, and report impact is important for institutional reputation as well as individual researcher profiles. Through our workshops we aim to help academics and universities more effectively engage end users throughout the research process and maximise the societal, economic and environmental impact of their research.
Vertigo Ventures has been providing impact training to leading research institutions globally since 2010. We believe in enabling robust impact planning and reporting through comprehensive and bespoke training workshops for research office members, researchers/academics, impact champions and senior management.
Our trainings are designed to provide universities with the expertise and understanding to identify and embed impact across the institution and all disciplines, and, best prepare Impact Case Study submissions for exercises such as the REF in UK, EI in Australia, and RAE in Hong Kong.
What participants have to say about our training sessions:
– “This company really knows its stuff around REF Impact. How to write narratives, how to corroborate evidence, to so many ideas about engaging activities to generate impact” (Jan 2020)
– “Very useful training session which focuses your thoughts around the key differences between poorly written case study and a 4* case study. I will now rewrite my case study for the REF.” (Jan 2020)
– “Useful seminar – wish I’d had it much earlier in the process” (Jan 2020)
This introductory training workshop can be run either as a half or full day session to provide researchers/academics and/or impact officers/research support staff with a clear understanding of what impact is, why it is important, and the key principles behind developing a 4* impact case study.
This training workshop is a half day session for academics who have research projects that could be having impact and will help them to identify key stakeholders for their projects, what types of impact could potentially arise, what evidence they would require and how to articulate their work in terms of impact.
The morning session will provide the attendees with a clear understanding of what impact is, why it is important and the key principles behind a 4* impact case study. Here attendees will break out into small groups to assess a mixture of REF 2014 impact case studies. In the afternoon, 3-4 academics will have the opportunity to discuss a specific research project of theirs in a ‘safe space’ during their 1-2-1 with the trainer. The trainer will help the attendee develop their project’s impact map, identifying who their stakeholders are, what activities have taken place and what outcomes have been achieved/will likely be achieved.
The trainer will first review the first draft of 10-15 impact case studies submitted to the university at least 2 weeks ahead of time, to assess their current REF, RAE or EI readiness in terms of structure, evidencing and presentation, and determine key actions for improvement. Attendees will then have the opportunity to discuss their impact case study in a ‘safe space’ during their 1-2-1 session with the trainer. Here the trainer will develop with the attendee their action plans to improve their draft impact case studies. Together the attendee and the trainer will identify the key headlines for their impact case study, evidence requirements and next steps by the end of the session.
This half day session is intended for new VV-Impact Tracker users. It will provide attendees an initial overview of what impact is, why it is important and the key principles behind a 4* impact case study. This will be followed by a walk through of the VV-Impact Tracker software by our trainer, before attendees get to login, create their own research projects on VV-Impact Tracker and test its wide range of easy to use functionalities for themselves.
This half day session focuses on how to create effective storyboards (rather than setting up projects from scratch). Participants will already know how to set up their projects and have created some prior to the session. They will also need to have a clear project or ICS in mind, so that the focus can be on the creation of storyboards relevant to their project.
This is a full day practical workshop intended to help academics develop distinct impact themes for their case studies and populate the storyboards on VV-Impact Tracker. Attendees will first have the opportunity to discuss their research project in a ‘safe space’ during a 1-2-1 session with the trainer. Here the trainer will help the attendee develop Impact maps, breaking down who their stakeholders are, what activities have taken place and identifying what outcomes have been achieved for their projects. Working with the trainer the attendee will start creating their storyboards on VV-Impact Tracker, based on key impact themes identified during the session. In the second part of the session attendees come together to use their individual Impact maps to draft their impact case study narratives in VV-Impact Tracker.