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Impact and Engaged Research Network

The value of social science research for the Third Sector: forging effective collaborations when working with families and children

Date: Monday 25 June 2018

Time: 09:30 - 13.00

Venue: CoLab Seminar Room, King William Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 6PD

What is this event about?

This workshop is aimed at academics and those working in charities and the third sector who are interested in learning more about how research can be co-constructed, so that it can be used to inform effective practice and policy process. The key focus will be on what makes collaborations effective.

The workshop will be of particular relevance to those with an interest in supporting families and children, but all those who want to find out about the co-construction of research questions and opportunities for collaboration are welcome to attend.

The objective is to explore the benefits of collaboration for both practitioners and academics and to provide an opportunity for networking and meeting potential future collaborators.

The workshop is free to attend but places will be limited to ensure plenty of opportunity for discussion. All participants will be asked to provide full contact details and a 100-150 word summary of their interests/work.

The workshop will be hosted by Jane Elliott, Director of Impact for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Exeter and our guest speaker is Lisa Harker who has experience both of working to support children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and of using and commissioning research.


The Impact and Engaged Research Network (IERN) is aimed at all academics and professional services staff who are interested in impact and engaged research. The Network brings them together to share best practice and information, to undertake training and to provide opportunities for networking.


9:30 - Registration and refreshments

10:00 - Introductions

10:15 - Making a difference : why research evidence is important and how you can find out more about current research & research findings - Jane Elliott (30 mins)

10:45 - The uses of evidence: Knowledge, knowledge mobilisation and the third sector - Rebecca Hardwick (15 minutes)

11:00 - Using evidence to make a difference in children’s lives - Lisa Harker (45 minutes)

11:45 - Questions and discussion

12:00 - Networking lunch

13:00 - Close


Jane Elliott

Before joining the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at Exeter in September 2017, Jane was the Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council (2014 – 2017). This included overseeing the development of the portfolio of ‘What Works centres’ that aim to make research findings more accessible to practitioners and policy makers. Prior to 2014 Jane spent ten years at the Institute of Education in London. This included being Director of the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) which manages the 1958, 1970 and Millennium Birth Cohort Studies and the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England. Her previous research includes understanding the impact of divorce on adults and children, gender and employment, and, more recently, work on healthy and successful ageing.

Rebecca Hardwick

Rebecca Hardwick is a PhD student at the University of Exeter Medical School. Her work focusses on research and knowledge use by not-for-profit healthcare organisations and she is applying a realist framework to explain these processes. She was Chair and a Trustee of East Devon Volunteer Support Agency, and has worked in the voluntary sector and for the NHS throughout her career.

Lisa Harker

Lisa's career has combined research, policy, journalism and service delivery with a focus on finding the ways to improve the lives of the UK's most disadvantaged children. She has worked for the NSPCC as Director of Strategy, Policy and Evidence, led the Institute for Public Policy Research, worked as an advisor to BBC News and held various senior advisory roles within government, including as 'child poverty tsar'. Lisa is a member of the Research Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. She is currently Director of The Art Room, a charity working with 5-16 year olds with emotional and behavioural difficulties which merged with another charity Place2Be in January 2018.

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