Making it work: co-producing impact evaluation. Professor Imogen Taylor Department of Social Work and Social Care Social Work contribution to KTP partnership and co-production. • Research track record: co-production, partnership and participation. • Commitment to research that has an ongoing impact by generating change in policy and practice • User/carer network established in 2003 • Appointment of experienced KTP Research Associate UK Universities, 2014 ‘Impact’ assessment. Impact refers to an effect on, change or benefit to: • activity, attitude, awareness, behaviour, capacity, opportunity, performance, policy, practice, process or understanding, of a community, constituency, organisation or individual. The university view: impact of KTP & benefits for NCDA. Contribution to: • Learning and embedding co-production; • Embedding evaluation of impact, including economic evaluation of activities; • Facilitating gathering and sharing of data; • Quality improvement of services; • One-to one and small group mentoring of staff on specific programmes; • Utilising evidence to support funding proposals; • Successful outcomes of regulatory assessments; • Building a national and international reputation. Impact of KTP & tangible benefits for the University Department of Social Work • Field placements for social work students in a community development setting. • Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth. School of Media Film and Music • students and NCDA young people – premier of 3 short films today. Department of Economics: • engagement with NCDA through Pro Bono Economics. Second KTP for Sussex: • Dept of Engineering (tba) ‘Knowledge Transfer’ and impact on knowledge production A growing body of work on the translation and transfer of research to practice: Knowledge ‘translation’ comprises: •i) critically considering research findings blended with NCDA practice knowledge; and, •ii) understanding and managing the interaction of the project with the organisation and the wider context. Also important to influence impact on knowledge production Collaboratively produced knowledge is necessary but not sufficient; it does not, by itself, enhance knowledge use or research uptake Also important i) networks - working with and between complex systems of relationships between researchers, practitioners and end users; and, ii) ‘bridge’ individuals with specific skill sets dedicated to Knowledge Transfer. Why has KTP worked? The university view • Time to plan, implement and reflect - a threeyear funded project. • A shared vision, understanding and application. • Co-operation not colonisation at all levels. • A focus on ‘real world’ problems located in the organisation, community and wider context. • A KTP requirement for regular communication (and meetings). • The Project Associate as a ‘boundary spanner’ (Wenger, 1999) facilitating bridges between research producers and users. My reflections • Most challenging? The amount of time spent in meetings. • Most satisfying? Engaging practically and intellectually with knowledge exchange. Conversation Starter? How is the impact of knowledge transfer sustained and developed beyond the formal end of projects?