This week, Mark updates on progress towards publishing The Productive Researcher, which is out on 11th October.
Find out more about the launch event and book your free place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/work-less-to-achieve-more-lessons-from-the-worlds-most-prolific-and-cited-researchers-tickets-38034738928
Read more about the process of self-publishing the book: http://www.fasttrackimpact.com/single-post/2017/08/18/How-to-self- publish-your-next-book
This week, Mark interviews Sarah Cook from University of Dundee and Liz Oughton from Newcastle University to explore the potential for researchers to collaborate with creative arts practitioners to generate new insights and impact as part of the research process. Rather than seeing arts as an "add-on" to help communicate research findings, is it possible to engage more meaningfully to enhance both your research and impact?
This week Mark interviews researchers who have gone from having no experience working with business to working closely with industry to realise impacts from the research. Andy Pickard and Nigel Paul give Mark a tour of Lancaster Environment Centre which hosts the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. Find out more at: http://www.globalecoinnovation.org
Mark interview's Ged Hall from University of Leeds to find out how researchers can get support from professional services staff and other researchers to empower them to achieve impact. Whether you are a researcher or a member of professional services staff, this episode is packed full of ideas for working more efficiently with your colleagues, so you can achieve more impact, more effectively in less time.
This is the second week that Mark is reading from his forthcoming book, The Productive Researcher. In this episode, Mark explains how researchers can reconceptualise themselves to sharpen their focus and get better work-life balance, using an exercise that interrogates your identity as a researcher, the values connected to this and the amount of time you spend being different parts of yourself.
Read Andrew Scott's book: https://www.shiftingstories.uk
Follow Phil Ward's award-winning blog: https://fundermental.blogspot.co.uk
Find out how Ana Atlee is changing the world: http://www.mayaproject.org
In this bonus episode, Mark talks about his latest paper, "A theory of participation". Although rooted in research on the environment, the paper provides principles that can help people working in any context understand how to design processes that deliver impact.
Full text available here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319210815_A_theory_of_participation_what_makes_stakeholder_and_public_engagement_in_environmental_management_work
This week, Mark explores the factors that increase motivation so you can become more productive in your work and find time and energy to generate more impact. This is based on an excerpt from his forthcoming book, The Productive Researcher. In the research tip this week, Mark shares some of his favourite tools from QMUL's forthcoming Public Engagement Evaluation Toolkit.
This week Mark looks at a variety of ways you can collect evidence to demonstrate whether or not your research has had (or is having) impact. This is important to help correct our course, so we know when things aren't going according to plan, and to provide information to funders and other stakeholders who want to know that you made a difference. He focuses on methods that can be used by any researcher, including a number of creative techniques that take the pain out of evidencing impact.
In this week's tip, as a researcher who has been cited >10,000 times, Mark tells you the secrets of writing a highly cited paper or book.
To find out more about the Fast Track Impact Evernote impact tracking system at: www.fasttrackimpact.com/evernote
In this week's episode, Mark discusses four questions that can help you develop a social media strategy that can efficiently drive impact from your research. You don't have to write anything down - if you can answer these four questions in your head, you've got yourself a social media strategy. Mark provides a worked example of answers to the four questions, and shows how he used them to develop a LinkedIn strategy for a research impact that drove real world impacts.
In this episode, Mark discusses how researchers can get more out of their digital footprint, enhancing both their research and impact, without spending too much time or risking their reputation. In this episode, he steers clear of social media, looking at what you can do to manage a sprawling or fractured digital footprint, and make sure you don't waste time updating multiple sites that rapidly become out of date. It is about getting more out of your time online, so you use your time more efficiently.
In this first episode of the second series Prof Mark Reed discusses how to do public engagement or impact, not just for the hell of it. A lot of public engagement is done because it is a good thing to do full stop, which is fine. But how do you know you are actually making a difference, and how can you ensure that all the work you put in really does have a beneficial impact on people?
In this episode, Mark is at the ARMA 2016 conference (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) to hear what leading thinkers think about the future of research impact. He interviews Phillip Ward from the University of Kent who won an ARMA award for his blog, Fundermentals, James Wilson, Professor of Research Policy from University of Sheffield, and Fiona Collegian, the founder of Piirus, with her colleague Jenny Delasalle, freelance copywriter and librarian, and editor of the Piirus Blog.
Read the Fundermentals blog at: http://fundermental.blogspot.co.uk (or follow him on Twitter @frootle)
Find out more about Prof Wilsdon's work at: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/politics/people/academic/james-wilsdon (or follow him on Twitter @jameswilsdon)
Find out more about Piirus at: www.piirus.ac.uk or follow them on Twitter @piirus_com
In this episode, Mark explains the three most common motives for researchers to engage with the impact agenda. He then provides tips on how to translate these motives into priorities that can drive action.
In this episode, Mark walks you through seven questions that will give you a social media strategy to power your research to impact:
In this episode, Mark interviews the brains behind @CECHR_OuD to reveal how she reached 87,000 followers in four years, currently growing at 150 followers per day, to become one of the most influential research institutional Twitter accounts in the world.
Mark also describes six things you can do to grow your influence on social media:
In this episode Mark discusses how you can build a network of people who can empower you to have the impacts you want.
In this episode, Mark interviews Rosmarie Katrin Neumann about her work as a knowledge broker, and asks if we might all as researchers, be able to do more to act as knowledge brokers.
Find out more about Rosi's work at http://www.fasttrackimpact.com/#!knowledge-brokerage/eazc2 or find her on Twitter at: @RosmarieKatrin https://twitter.com/RosmarieKatrin
In this episode, Mark explores the range of reasons why people engage with research.
He describes research in which he people who had engaged with researchers what had motivated their engagement, and these were the most common reasons people cited:
· Accessing future funding and new business opportunities
· Developing new solutions to old problems
· Increasing personal impact/influence through collaboration with researchers
· Intrinsic motivation to “make the world a better place” or a desire to learn about the issues being researched
Bear these motives in mind, and see if you can work out which of these motives apply to the people you want to work with. By tapping into their motives, and explaining clearly how working with you can achieve what they want, you are much more likely to get the level of engagement you want.
In this episode, Mark gives you a sneak peak behind the scenes of his new book, The Research Impact Handbook, and tells you how you can write a book in a week.
In this episode, Mark presents eight powerful questions that will enable you to envision the impacts your research might have. Whether you already have a defined impact goal and plan, or you don't know where to start, these questions will help you get a clear idea of the impacts you could achieve from your research:
In this episode, Mark shares five ways you can enhance the impact of your research. He illustrates each of the five principles with practical suggestions about ways you can generate impacts from your research.
Principle 1: Design
Know the impacts you want to achieve and design impact into your research from the start:
Principle 2: Represent
Systematically represent the needs and priorities of those who will use your research:
Principle 3: Engage
Build long-term, two-way, trusting relationships with those who will use your research and co-generate new knowledge together:
Principle 4: Early impacts
Deliver tangible results as soon as possible to keep people engaged with your work. Identify quick wins where tangible impacts can be delivered as early as possible in the research process, to reward and keep likely users of research engaged with the research process.
Principle 5: Reflect and sustain
Keep track of your progress towards impact, so you can improve your knowledge exchange, and continue nurturing relationships and generating impacts in the long term: