Engaged Research & Innovation For Societal Impact: Building Capacity Across Ireland

Duration 30 hours


Campus Engage, the Irish Universities Association, and the Higher Education Authority are partnering to advance training on engaged research and innovation for societal impact. The primary objective of this course is to grow the pool of Campus Engage Facilitators who can deliver the one-day workshop on Engaged Research for Societal Impact for researchers across Ireland. Attendees should have a key role in leading engaged research projects within their institution, building capacity for engaged research as part of their remit, or supporting researchers in maximizing the impact from engaged research efforts. The course is built around a series of video tutorials, solo and group activities, a selection of academic and grey literature reading materials, and facilitated group activities with engaged research leaders. This course requires 30-learner hours over a 6-week period, after which learners can claim their digital badge in Engaged Research for Societal Impact from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning (NFETL) and Campus Engage.

Why you should take this course?

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 engaged research methods to engage 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.

What is Engaged Research?

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 community partners rather than for them.  At both national and international levels, the emergence of research programmes focused on public engagement and involvement, innovation missions, and industrial competitiveness are shaping a more inclusive research landscape. More than ever, funding applications require researchers to make explicit the connections between their research and its capacity to generate or improve products, processes and services, to address societal challenges, and to demonstrate impact on issues of public concern. It is within this changing and challenging context that collaboration between researchers and a range of public research stakeholders – including civic and civil society organisations, 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.

You’ll Learn

  • How to facilitate Engaged Research for Societal Impact capacity-building workshops.
  • How to choose appropriate methods to engage and involve relevant stakeholders across the research life cycle.
  • How to translate and mobilise knowledge for public policy and engage with policymakers.
  • How to undertake research evaluation to demonstrate research impact and better communicate research outcomes.

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

Domain 3 Professional Communication and Dialogue emphasises the importance of excellent, clear and coherent communication skills within the changing learning environment.

  • Domain 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills ensures the individual remains current in terms of their professional/disciplinary knowledge and can implement teaching, learning and assessment approaches which promote active learning and are underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by Campus Engage, the Irish Universities Association, in partnership with the Higher Education Authority and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

About Campus Engage:

Based within the Irish Universities Association, Campus Engage is dedicated to supporting Irish higher education institutions to embed, scale and promote civic and community engagement across staff and student teaching, learning and research. For more information, please visit: www.campusengage.ie

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The course will run between 30 January and 10 March 2023. Expressions of interest will be accepted until December 12th. Click below for more information.

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