Research, engagement and impact

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations (Great Britain)
Date of publication
1 November 2011
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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This briefing paper reviews the Pathways through Participation research project’s approach to research and stakeholder engagement, highlights how the project set about linking research to policy and practice, and critically assesses some of the research methods and tools that were used. It reflects on some of the challenges of conducting research and summarises the key practical learnings from the project for researchers who want to see their research findings being used and having an impact. The key messages for future research include being clear about objectives, approaches and planned outcomes, selecting methodologies to suit objectives and stakeholders, being flexible and willing to adapt, communicating clearly and listening carefully, thinking creatively about implications and actions, and recognising the costs of research.

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