What is Engaged Research? 

Engaged Research is a methodology which bridges the gap between researchers and communities with direct and purposeful communication at all stages. Engaged research is collaborative, change-orientated, inclusive, and creative in practice.

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Why Should We Prioritise Engaged Research? 

Engaged research places the subject, the community, at the heart of the research. By doing this one can collect and analyse more meaningful data, and disseminate more purposeful and impactful information which can lead to beneficial change and/or policy creation. 

Community Co-Researchers

'Community Co-Researchers' Autumn lecture series 2022

'Community Co-Researchers' Autumn Lecture Series 2022

'Community Co-Researchers' aims to explore and showcase areas of DCU that promote partnerships between community members and researchers in all aspects of the research process. The 'Community Co-Researchers' lecture series wishes to highlight the collaborative and inclusive nature of engaged research, and the various types of knowledge and models of research which engage citizens in research and innovative decision-making.


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'Co-Creation of Knowledge' Spring Lecture Series 2022

This lecture series aimed to showcase areas of DCU's engaged research around central social issues. These seminars brought together specialists, researchers, and members of the community that are engaged with pressing social issues. The seminars facilitated exchanges around these social issues and discourse around possible solutions, thus, showcasing the process of co-creating knowledge.


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Living with Autism as a University Student at Dublin City University: Developing an Autism Friendly University

Researchers at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at DCU, in collaboration with AsIAm ( undertook a multi-arm study that explored the experiences of those living with Autism as a DCU student. improve life on campus. A whole campus approach to the study was taken, involving students, academics and support staff from across the multi-site university. By reviewing what is currently known about the challenges faced by students with Autism in higher education and by identifying the specific concerns/difficulties of DCU students with Autism, the research team set out to make a series of recommendations to the University to further meet the needs of students while on campus.

Engaged Research Society and Higher Education: Addressing Grand Societal Challenges Together

Recent years have seen a marked increase in the emphasis placed on engagement between HEIs and wider society in research and innovation by institutions, funders and policy-makers. This development has gained further policy traction, as a range of European, national and institutional policies and funding criteria now promote engaged research to improve the societal impact of research. This Engaged Research report seeks to showcase the range and depth of engaged research practices in Ireland and sets out recommendations to collaboratively advance these practices for maximum societal impact.

Strengthening Community-University Research Partnerships: Global Perspectives

This book furthers the development of meaningful modes of communication with the communities our research needs to serve, with our academic colleagues around the world and across disciplinary divides, and with national and international policy communities through providing new models of research partnership and community engagement.

Higher Education's Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

This book provides a broad overview of the higher education response to Covid-19, with an emphasis on higher education’s democratic mission. We can effectively confront neither the medical nor the societal challenges of the pandemic without the commitment and contribution of higher education.

Community engagement in higher education: Trends, practices and policies -  analytical report

This report argues (based on a comprehensive review of the literature) that universities play a crucial role in responding to societal needs, and can further enhance their societal impact at local, national and international levels through community engagement. The report proposes a broad definition of community engagement in higher education, whereby: - engagement refers to the range of ways in which university staff, students and management interact with external communities in mutually beneficial ways, either as part of teaching and research or as part of other projects and joint initiatives

Higher Education and Community-Based Research

Higher Education and Community-Based Research: Creating a Global Vision

Higher Education and Community-Based Research: Creating a Global Vision

A comparative survey of community-based research within a higher education context, featuring some of the top scholars in the field including our very own Ronaldo Munck. this book brings together a global range of experiences with community-based research and engages the leaders in the field worldwide to set out visions for future directions, practices, and developments.

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Socially Responsible Higher Education

Socially Responsible Higher Education

Socially Responsible Higher Education

This book demonstrates that higher education is part and parcel of the community in co-learning and co-creating knowledge that forms part of education, in particular with higher education. 

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What is Engaged Research? 

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. 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. It also considers the new Departures that have to emerge in the practice of engaged research in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Framework to Enhance Integrity in Research Collaborations

This framework is the latest output from the National Research Integrity Forum. It provides 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. 

Better Together: knowledge co-production for a sustainable society

This white paper 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.

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, and increasing reuse of data and decreasing duplication of effort.

TEFCE Toolbox: An Institutional Self-Reflection Framework for Community Engagement in Higher Education

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. 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

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, and Stimulating a stronger external demand for innovative policy, practice, products and services.

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, key issues for consideration in running an online Engaged Research workshop, and practical pointers for before, during and after your online Engaged Research workshop.

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. They offer guidance to research teams (e.g. researcher, patient, member of the public, partner, clinician), particularly during the development of grant applications or research proposals.

Engaged Research Projects at DCU