The opportunities and challenges of achieving impact - Impact Initiative webinar series

The Impact Initiative


From May through to October 2020, the Impact Initiative will be convening a number of monthly online discussions as we take ESRC-DFID grant-holders and partners on a learning journey. The discussions will draw on some stand-out examples of particular impact pathways and strategies that have emerged over the course of the Impact Initiative programme. The process will be designed to produce reflections on opportunities and challenges of working on a portfolio of research in different ways to maximise impact. 

Key objectives for these learning events are:

  • Provide a platform for engagement to share knowledge from the ESRC-DFID programmes in terms of opportunities and challenges of achieving impact.

  • Consolidate and secure legacy of the Impact Initiative programme – share learning with others seeking to broker knowledge at programme level or fund similar projects.

  • Capture and share learning on approaches to designing, producing and sharing research for impact, using concrete examples from the programme.

All the events will take place via the Zoom platform.

The following event is open - do register your interest in attending as soon as possible

  • 11 June 14:00-15:30 BST 'COVID-19: Thinking differently about education research impact' - an opportunity for you to hear from policy actors on how they are adapting their thinking on the types of impact that can be achieved in education in the context of COVID-19. To find out more about the event, and to register an interest in attending, please visit the event page.

Details for the following events will be announced over the coming weeks - keep an eye on the website for further information.

  • 23 July 14:00-15:30 BST 'Opportunities for RLO cross-grant collaboration' - an opportunity to share some established ideas for collective work; share ideas around how these might fit into the ESRC-DFID Follow-On Fund; and/or to what extent the Impact Initiative could support short-term activities.

  • 17 September 14:00-15:30 BST 'Working in partnership with donors on international policy processes: The UK Government and disability' – this event will explore a particular impact pathway that emerged over the course of the Impact Initiative programme, one which was successful in creating an opportunity for multiple stakeholder groups to discuss common issues around inclusive education. This session will provide a platform to share experiences and learning for further action.

  • 22 October 14:00-15:30 BST: 'Brokering multiple research perspectives in national policy dialogues: Raising learning outcomes for disadvantaged children in India' – this event will explore another example of a particular impact pathway with a focus on successful cohort building to contribute towards an evidence-based strategy of education policy reform. This session will provide a platform to share experiences and learning for further action.

The following event has now taken place - further details about the Impact Initiative's plans to share the insights arising will be announced over the coming weeks - please keep an eye on the website for more information:

  •  28 May 14:00-15:30 BST 'Engaging Research with Global Movements: The Impact Initiative and the Global Coalition Against Child Poverty' – explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging research with international movements focused on improving the lives of children. To find out more about the event, please visit the event page