Guides to Engaged Research

Engaged Research Practice & Principles Guide

Engaged Research Practices & Principles

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.


Engaged Research Planning for Impact Guide

Engaged Research Planning for Impact Guide

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;

Engaged Research Online Workshops Guide

Engaged Research Online Workshops

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.

PPI Support

PPI Ignite Network at DCU Support Contact Guidelines

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-pSCK&authuser=lucy.whiston@dcu.ie&usp=drive_fs