Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Recording research impact

Like many of our partners and colleagues we sit within an institution churning out research every day. But what happens to the research once we have published it, shared it and talked about it? Following on from our blog from Sarah Morton earlier this month, we thought it would be good to demonstrate one way of capturing impact.
We are fortunate at CRFR to have dedicated knowledge exchange staff: events management staff, communications specialists, graphic designers, dissemination officers and development officers. We work together to disseminate findings and to work with policy makers and organisations to influence services and policies.
Lesley Kelly, Dissemination Officer for the Growing up in Scotland study, and Dawn Cattanach, CRFR Graphic Designer, recently produced this video asking people why they are interested in GUS findings, how they use them, and what impact the evidence has on their work.
Click on the link to view the GUS video: http://vimeo.com/46680710
We regularly post new findings from the Growing Up in Scotland study. See posts on children at age 6, how parents are parenting, and a summary of evidence presented to Scottish Parliament.  Researchers working on GUS are currently analysing data from the most recent group of 'GUS babies'  (born 2010/11). The data from this group can be compared with data from children born 2004/5, to determine if there are any changes in outcomes for the two birth groups and to examine whether these changes may be related to changes in policy & service provision. Reports are not due until next year, but they are eagerly awaited and we will post findings on this blog and on the GUS website once published.
CRFR offer consultancy in research dissemination and event management. For more information please contact Vivien Smith.

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