Guide to Communicating Research Beyond Academia
Millions of pounds worth of research funding are awarded every year.
The Government have encouraged researchers to share the impact of their work.
The institutional pressures to communicate impact are here to stay.
“But how?” you might ask, “How do I start telling the world about my research in an easy to understand way?”
You’ve come to the right place.
First of all, more and more researchers are realising that the world is not going to “beat a path to their door”.
All too often, sadly, research is ignored by peers, industry, potential collaborators and funders.
Mihaela Gruia, Author, Founder and CEO
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Researchers have a role to play in shaping the narrative presented in the media.
Their work can inform debates and provide evidence on pressing issues facing our society.
Above all, research needs to be related in human terms for it to be understood and acted on.
So if you want people to read your research and for it to have an impact how do you start?
I believe that your research findings need to get the attention they deserve.
This requires an accessible and engaging format to engage people with your work.
That’s why I’ve written this guide. It’s time for researchers to be bolder with sharing their work in formats that reflect how we communicate and share information.
Therefore, if you want to tell the world about your research in an engaging, accessible and visual format, this guide will help you. I promise (I’ll tell you more about this below).
So whether you’re just starting out in academia or you’re an experienced researcher with knowledge of how to push your message into the world, the Guide to Communicating Research Beyond Academia gives you a step-by-step guide to create a visual summary of your findings and unleash the potential of your research to make an impact in society.
The 32-page guide will help you:
• See the value of communicating your research beyond academia
• Think about why this is important and how you can be strategic about it
• Learn some communication formats available to you
• Develop the skills to craft your own 2-page visual summary based on your findings
• Discover interesting ideas of how you can disseminate your summary beyond academia
Incorporating lessons that work for researchers
This guide comprises knowledge that I have gathered since 2015 from:
• hundreds of conversations with researchers who are actively engaged in communicating their research beyond academia
• lived experience of researchers who have been successful in garnering attention to their research from relevant stakeholders
• learning and reflecting on what works well and effective strategies that have given positive results
The guide includes contributions from several thought leaders in academia, who excel at communicating their research beyond universities, as well as media and business individuals who believe in the importance of research being communicated widely and used in society.
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How much value would a collaboration with stakeholders interested in your research be worth to you? Could it lead to new research grants? Invitations to conferences? Industry collaborations? More recognition?
If you invest time in creating an accessible visual summary of your work and make a connection or land a research grant, it’s worthwhile. By not communicating your research clearly, you may be missing out on opportunities.
The Guide to Communicating Research Beyond Academia is priced at just £17.99.
If you follow its advice it should be worth a multiple of what you pay for it.
You’ll get practical tips on what questions get to the heart of your key messages, how to structure your content, how to make it visual and appealing, and how to successfully disseminate it.
Bulk orders can be popular with organisations buying multiple copies for researchers they support: £65 for 5 copies, £125 for 10 copies, and £185 for 20 copies.
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Further resources mentioned in the guide
Canva tutorials: www.canva.com/learn/getting-started-with-canva-video-tutorials
Canva: software you can use to create a visual summary www.canva.com
Piktochart: similar software to Canva with which you can create infographics www.piktochart.com
Data Illustrator: www.data-illustrator.com
Tableau: data visualisation software www.tableau.com
Flaticon: a database of free icons you can use within presentations, reports and summaries. Some paid-for options available too. You must attribute use to Flaticon www.flaticon.com
Open Heatmap: turns spreadsheets into heatmaps www.openheatmap.com
Evergreen Data: intentional data visualisation and evaluation reporting www.stephanieevergreen.com
Visualising Data: monthly digests of ‘the best’ in data visualisation www.visualisingdata.com
Information is Beautiful: beautiful, useful graphics and diagrams informationisbeautiful.net