How can researchers ensure their work has a lasting impact? 8 steps to making your research punch above its weight

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How can researchers ensure their work has a lasting impact? Thinking about knowledge exchange early in your project can help you target and tick the right boxes.


Mark Reed lists his eight steps to targeting, designing and sustaining the external impact of your work.


1: Target your knowledge exchange: know what you want to achieve with your knowledge exchange and who you need to work with


2: Design knowledge exchange into your research from the outset


3: Engage: great knowledge exchange is about relationships, and they form through dialogue


4: Facilitate dialogue to deepen relationships with stakeholders


5: Impact: deliver tangible results that will be valued by as many of your stakeholders as possible


6: Share: make sure knowledge exchange is a two-way proceess


7: Sustain: make sure your research has a lasting impact


8: Evaluate: monitor and reflect on your knowledge exchange work, so you can learn and refine your practice


About the author:
Mark Reed is an interdisciplinary environmental researcher specialising in knowledge exchange, stakeholder participation and nature’s value at Birmingham City University.


To read the full LWEC Knowledge Exchange Guidelines:


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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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