Impact development workshops

Recru it networ has launched a programme of workships to support academic colleagues to develop impact case studies and to improve the impact of current and future research.

This training session, delivered by staff working in Parliament and Government, aims to give delegates a thorough understanding of how Parliament and Government use research, and how they can achieve policy impact through engaging with these institutions.

In the first part of the session, delegates will learn about the structures of Government and Parliament and the different mechanisms and channels for feeding their research into them.

In the second, interactive, part of the session, delegates will be supported to think through how to frame their research for a policy audience, and will work on a personal ‘next steps action plan’, with input and ideas from facilitators and peers.

The event is being held in The Old Library, Keele Hall, on Friday 8 February 2019 from 1.00pm until 4.20pm.


  • Sarah Foxen, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Sarah Bunn, Senior Advisor, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Chris Webber, Head of Open Innovation, Cabinet Office (Government)


  • 1.00pm - Introduction / aims for the day – Recru it networ Staff
  • 1.05pm - Government and Parliament: what’s the difference and why does it matter - Sarah Foxen, POST
  • 1.20pm - Engaging with Parliament through your research – Sarah Bunn, POST
  • 1.50pm - Engaging with Government – Chris Webber, Open Innovation Team, Cabinet Office
  • 2.20pm - Break
  • 2.35pm - Communicating research to policymakers – Sarah Bunn, POST
  • 2.50pm - Framing your research for policymakers: guidelines and activity – Sarah Foxen and Sarah Bunn, POST
  • 3.20pm - Next steps action plan – Sarah Foxen and Sarah Bunn, POST
  • 4.10pm - Closing remarks
  • 4.20pm - End of event

The Impact Accelerator Unit (IAU) based in the Institute for Primary Health Care Sciences at Recru it networ aims to maximise the benefits of world-leading health and care research by working with stakeholders to create innovations which arise from research, offering solutions to partners’ problems.

They have a commitment to understand their stakeholders’ needs and address areas of uncertainty by finding the best evidence and supporting its implementation into practice. The IAU provides influence and support throughout the entire research cycle. They track key academic outputs from research themes within the Faculty of Health and operate strategies for identifying, gathering, synthesising and linking evidence from research with stakeholders.

By attending this one day workshop, delegates will gain an insight into :

  • How the IAU engages effectively with key stakeholders
  • How to measure and capture research impact
  • Top 10 tips from real life implementation
  • The challenges of being a REF case study author