Engaged Research & Innovation

What is Engaged Research & Innovation?

At both national and international levels, the emergence of research programmes focused on public engagement and involvement, innovation missions, and industrial competitiveness are shaping more inclusive research landscape. It is within this changing and dynamic context that collaboration between researchers and a range of public research stakeholders – including civic and civil society organizations, state and semi-state agencies, industry partners, professionals, and members of the public – has begun to move from the margins to the mainstream of research design and execution. Engaged research describes a wide range of rigorous research approaches and methodologies that share a common interest in collaborative engagement with the community and aim to improve, understand, or investigate an issue of public interest or concern, including societal challenges. Engaged research is advanced with partners rather than for them.

This course will be facilitated over a six-week period. To complete this badge, you will need to commit to 30 learner hours. You will be required to attend live weekly webinars on a Friday, between 1pm and 2.30pm, beginning 30 Jan and finishing on the 10 Mar 2023.

Weekly criteria are as follows:

Self-Paced Learning
Recorded presentations, publications, and a short assignment
[1.5-hours of content each week]

Weekly Peer-to-Peer Learning
Peer-to-peer learning based on the week’s topic and assignment
[up to 1-hour of peer learning each week]

Facilitated Friday Webinar
Drawing together leaders in Engaged Research, these facilitated workshops present case studies to demonstrate what works, build skills, and problem solve with attendees [1.5-hours for the live webinar each week]

Campus Engage Facilitator Training
Facilitated one-day course during week six to advance good practice in facilitation so that attendees can feel confident in their abilities to host training [6-hours in Week 6]

Week 1
Engaged Research and Innovation for Societal Impact
Learn how to respond to engagement, involvement, and impact criteria across EU Horizon Europe and Irish funding agency calls.

Week 2
Innovative Approaches to Realising Research Impact
Learn how to bring research relevant stakeholders together to plan for research impact and better communicate
research outcomes to research users.

Week 3
Methodological Approaches for Engaging Diverse Stakeholders
Identify and map stakeholders appropriate to the stage of the research, then choose appropriate engaged research methods.

Week 4
Mobilising Research into Policy and Practice
Understand how to mobilise knowledge for public policy and engage with policymakers.

Week 5
Monitoring and Evaluating Research Outcomes
Undertake research evaluation to demonstrate research impact and share authentic impact stories.

Week 6
Campus Engage Facilitator Training
Identify good practices for facilitating Engaged Research for Societal Impact capacity-building workshops and claiming your NFETL Digital Badge.

Based on this course, learners can anticipate the following learning outcomes:

• How to facilitate Engaged Research for Societal Impact capacity-building workshops;
• How to choose appropriate research methods to engage and involve relevant stakeholders across the research life cycle;
• How to bring research relevant stakeholders together to plan for research impact;
• How to effectively respond to engagement and impact criteria across EU Horizon Europe and Irish funding agency calls;
• How to translate and mobilise knowledge for public policy and engage with policymakers;
• How to undertake research evaluation to demonstrate research impact; and
• How to better communicate research findings and outcomes to research users.

Kate Morris, IUA; Sarah Bowman, TCD; Prof Maura Adshead, UL, in association with Prof Sean Redmond, UL; Prof Kevin O’Connor, BioOrbic, SFI, UCD; Prof Brian O’Gallachoir, MaREI, SFI, UCC; Prof Mary McCarron, TCD.

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