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For academics - Why collaborate with third sector?

Evidencing the impact of academic research as part of Research Excellence Framework (REF) is an important part of academia. Making collaborations with third sector partners may be significant to this work.

The Knowledge Translation Network (KTN) launched its new resource, entitled “Collaboration with academics: An Evidence for Success supplementary guide” in March 2016. (To find out more about Evidence for Success click here).

The “Collaborating with academics” guide provides practical guidance and resources to set up effective links between third sector organsations and academics to generate and use evidence to influence policy and practice.

Although primarily written for third sector organisations this guide will be useful for academics too.

"Collaborating with academics" will help academics to think about 'why', 'when' and 'how' to collaborate with third sector partners.  

  • It will give you an idea about the challenges that third sector organisations face when collaborating with academia.  
  • Collaborations are about learning.  Third sector organisations and funders want to know what works and what doesn't work in particular circumstances. This guide has suggestions about managing expectations and communicating well.
  • The guide has several 'In the spotlight' examples marked with the symbol pictured right. These are examples of successful collaborations and show good practice in reality.
  • In part 3 there are many resources which are mainly from academia.        

This guide compliments others' work:

Scottish Third Sector Research Forum's case study report "Bringing the Third Sector and academic research together", which features case studies showing practical solutions to some challenges in collaborations:

  • Loretto Care & University of West of Scotland
  • Community-University Collaboration for Social Progress (CUSP) and a local community
  • Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy (SCPHRP)
  • You Can Cook & Food Innovation@Abertay
  • Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health

Interaction: How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice?

InterAction: How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice? report produced by Carnegie UK Trust and Carnegie Fellow Prof Mark Schuksmith OBE.


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