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Collaborating with academics: An Evidence for Success supplementary guide

The Knowledge Translation Network (KTN) launched its new resource, entitled “Collaboration with academics: An Evidence for Success supplementary guide” this March 2016.  Download your copy here.

If you have not yet downloaded your copy of the Evidence for Success guide please visit:

Click here for a short case study about how Glasgow Homelessness Network worked in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University to produce research around 'destitution in the UK'.

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

The guide is divided in three parts:

Part 1 helps you to understand the benefits to your organisation of collaborating with academics.

Part 2 provides tips to help you identify the right academic to set up your collaboration.

Part 3 contains a range of relevant resources and references.

Who is this Guide for?

The guide is divided in three parts:

This guide is for anyone in the third sector who wants to link to academics to generate and/ or use evidence to improve policy and practice, including:

  • practitioners in the third sector
  • service managers
  • funders and commissioners
  • policy makers, researchers and planners.

More importantly, this guide is aimed at ‘learning organisations’ who are committed to both sharing their evidence about ‘what works’, ‘what doesn’t work’ and ‘why’, and to amending their own practices on the basis of this evidence.

How ESS collaborates with academics

At ESS we like to think we walk the talk, as we, too, are a third sector organisation.  Learning from our own experiences of collaborations has informed our work.  Over the years we have collaborated with academics particularly through our thematic programmes where academics have sat on advisory groups (Reversing the Trend); supported us in developing story telling resources (A Stitch in Time?) and developing evaluation tools (currently with Leapfrogtools).  In the process we have fostered positive relationships with brokers like Interface, SCPHRP, What Works Scotland, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, and Scottish Universities Insight Institute, to name a few.

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