Guides to Engaged Research
As we begin the slow recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, we must rethink how the university relates to society. The societal context has been critical in determining how a given country has been able to respond to the challenges posed.
Therefore, this guide proposes reconsidering the role of engaged research as a revitalized form of societal engagement. Medical research is vital, but so is the need to harness knowledge for societal good as a whole.
The paper describes the meaning of Engaged University and how it might be consolidated. Then, it examines the particular nature of The epistemology of engagement, on which basis is possible to move to the Principles and Practice of engaged research today. Finally, consider the New Departures that have to emerge in the practice of engaged research in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Framework to Enhance Research Integrity in Research Collaborations is now available to researchers. The attached framework is the latest output from the National Research Integrity Forum, and seeks to provide guidance for researchers on how to reinforce a culture of responsible conduct of research in their collaborations so they can, as far as possible, avoid incidences of serious research misconduct and unacceptable research practices occurring during the collaborative work. The document outlines a series of topics that should be considered by partners in a research collaboration before the collaboration commences, which may help to avoid problems arising later on.
This Royal Irish Academy white paper, ‘Better together: Knowledge co-production for a sustainable society’, provides an overview of knowledge co-production for sustainability and environmental research in Ireland; highlights the benefits and challenges of co-production approaches; and identifies key levers for building capacity and capability for knowledge co-production. The paper draws on almost 50 case studies of co-production research for sustainability, along with the outputs from the online Royal Irish Academy symposium and workshop ‘Better together: Knowledge co-production for a sustainable society’, which took place on 3 June 2021. Short summaries of the case studies are included in this white paper.
This guide concisely outlines the benefits of engaged research as a methodology and philosophy, elaborating on how it maximises impact by:
- Allowing for greater public accountability.
- Requiring tacit knowledge exchange to address societal challenges.
- Setting evidence-informed research impact performance indicators.
- Stimulating a stronger external demand for innovative policy, practice, products and services.
- Increasing reuse of data and decreasing duplication of effort.
The TEFCE Toolbox offers researchers and institutions an Institutional Self-Reflection Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education. It provides useful metrics for determining how developed and effective community engagement is, such as:
- Range of social needs addressed
- Diversity of communities engaged with
- Institutional sustainability of community engagement
The TEFCE Toolbox provides tools for universities and communities to identify community engagement practices and reflect on their achievements and room for improvement.
This guide is informed by a comprehensive review of grey and academic literature on research and innovation impact. It offers illustrations of how engaged research maximises impact by:
- Allowing for greater public accountability;
- Requiring tacit knowledge exchange to address societal challenges;
- Setting evidence-informed research impact performance indicators;
- Stimulating a stronger external demand for innovative policy, practice, products and services;
This guide offers clear and concise guidelines for those who are facilitating engaged research workshops. The guide explores:
- The advantages and disadvantages of using digital platforms for Engaged Research workshops.
- Some key issues for consideration in running an online Engaged Research workshop.
- Some practical pointers for before, during and after your online Engaged Research workshop.
Part of the role of the PPI Ignite Network at DCU is to provide advice and support for PPI in health and social care research. To help research teams (e.g. researcher, patient, member of the public, partner, clinician) contacting us for support, particularly during the development of grant applications or research proposals, we have some guidelines here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Z3KT5aAhxBuH6AeBfZuet9RuWIp-pSCKfirstname.lastname@example.org&usp=drive_fs