Traditionally, the goals and outcomes of research projects were to contribute knowledge and communicate this knowledge through academic publications and journal articles. But If we truly want our research to have an impact, we need to do research differently. Research that influences change in policy, practice, behaviour and attitudes.
On this six-week journey, Jesse DeMaria-Kinney and Mark New share their experience of the Adaptation at Scale for Semi-arid Regions (ASSAR) Project, where they developed and refined the Research for Impact approach. They are joined by researchers and practitioners who followed this approach in their research.
Together you will explore the five elements of the Research for Impact approach, i.e. Theory of Change; Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Communication, Capacity Development; and Influencing. You will also get opportunities to hear from researchers and practitioners on the ground who followed this approach, and hopefully become inspired and equipped to incorporate these principles into your own research projects.
The Research for Impact course offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Cape Town is free to enroll and take. You will be offered the option of purchasing a certificate of completion, which you become eligible for if you successfully complete the course requirements. This can be an excellent way of staying motivated!
What You Will Learn
- Understand the key interwoven elements of Research for Impact in the context of development and adaptation research.
- Identify the suite of activities involved in Research for Impact
- Appraise opportunities in your research plan through an Research for Impact lens and identify challenges applying a Research for Impact approach
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- Introduction to Research for Impact
- Planning for Impact
- Engaging and Partnering
- Communicating for Impact
- Building Capacities
- Influencing for Impact
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- 2 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- Beginner Level
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InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD for the full programme during 2 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.