Maria D. Perez
Ph.D. Student, Political Science and International Relations

Maria reached out to research4impact in order to connect with practitioners. Her experience underscores how conversations with practitioners, in addition to formal collaborations, provide immense insight:

“My research focuses on effective organizational lobbying strategies. Through research4impact I connected with two people at nonprofits who engage in lobbying in their everyday jobs to hear about the challenges they face on the ground. This process was very enriching as it gave me insight on the importance of understanding the particular on-the-ground incentives organizations face when they contact political elites. I truly enjoyed the conversations with both of them, since they offered a great opportunity to learn what type of issues non-profit organizations run into when trying to engage with elected representatives.”

Heather Marquette
Professor at U of Birmingham & Senior Research Fellow at UK's Dept of Int'l Development

In late 2019 we were invited to give a "How to be Helpful" workshop at the University of Birmingham, organized by Heather Marquette. She is a professor in the School of Government as well as a Senior Research Fellow at UK's DFID (Department for Int'l Development). At DFID she works on the front lines to figure out the best way to use evidence to improve governance and reduce corruption around the world. Here's what she reported afterwards about the workshop:

"We were very happy to have Adam come to speak to us. The group was an eclectic mix of experienced research leaders, mid-career researchers looking to take their impact work to the next level and PhD students looking for insights on how they can plan for effective engagement for impact. Adam was incredibly helpful and developed a practical and engaging workshop that spoke to all audiences and sparked great discussions, both during the workshop and afterwards."

Piyush Tantia
Chief Innovation Officer

In November 2019 ideas42 invited us to lead our "How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact" workshop. Here's what Piyush reported afterwards:

"'How to be Helpful' delivered highly valuable and practical tips for how we can manage our own teams better at ideas42, and also provided useful insights for our external work on designing and implementing innovations at large organizations. The workshop is also unique in that it draws on scientific evidence in addition to practical experience."

Lewis Scott
Doctoral Researcher, School of Politics and International Relations

In October 2019 Lewis invited us to lead our "How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact" workshop as part of the professional development training for PhD/post-graduate students at the University of Nottingham. Here's what he shared afterwards: 

"We were very happy to have this presentation as part of our student-led professional development programme for postgraduate researchers. It was very refreshing to hear practical suggestions for how to engage with organisations to increase the impact of our research. We're looking forward to putting those suggestions into practice as we begin our research careers!"

Jeremy Garson
Legal Counsel and Operations Coordinator

In 2019 Jeremy invited us to lead a modified version of our "How to be Helpful" workshop, focusing especially on the obstacles to forming new working relationships with others who have diverse knowledge, such as potential new coalition partners. Here's what he shared afterwards:

"Adam was kind enough to do a podcast style presentation on "Obstacles to Forming New Working Relationships" for our member organizations. He was incredibly easy to work with as we prepared for the presentation, and he was personable and engaging throughout the presentation itself. We covered a lot of territory over the course of the presentation, but one lesson stood out above the rest -- it's one thing to know the obstacles and how to overcome them, and it's quite another to turn theory into practice. Adam shows how to do just that."