Exploring innovative methods and approaches for doing research for impact
Research needs to be generative and identify opportunities for innovative options and transformations alongside communities and other stakeholders. There is still much to understand and share in terms of how best to engage multiple actors, how to provide safe spaces for open discussions, how to fully appreciate and incorporate other knowledge systems, and how to generate discussion and learning through creative, participatory processes. Alongside this, there is a need to better communicate research findings and the possible solutions that emerge from these.
Across all our thematic research, we work via our cross-sectoral partnerships, and build on the collective experience of our network partners, to explore new approaches and methods for tailoring research – from design to dissemination – to the needs and interests of key stakeholders. This involves consideration of new collaborative and collective arrangements for knowledge co-production and co-learning embodied in transformative spaces, social innovations, hybrid governance formations, and transformative learning labs, amongst others. We also explore more innovative and effective ways of getting key audiences to engage with, and use, research findings.