We connect research and practice by building relationships between researchers and practitioners.

Our hands-on matchmaking leads to high-impact conversations and collaborations that produce new discoveries, solve tricky problems, build capacity, and improve our lives.               

That's the short version.

Here's the long version:

We believe that one of the biggest barriers to creating stronger connections between researchers and practitioners is relational. That's why research4impact makes it easy to not just share information, but build enjoyable relationships to learn from and alongside new people and have fun while doing it!

Academics, nonprofits, and governments often share a common desire to use evidence and data to help achieve their goals, and in many cases the topics they’re interested in overlap. While we've long known there is demand for greater communication and even collaboration across spaces, what's been missing is an easy way for people to find each other. That’s where research4impact (r4i) comes in.

The r4i community is wide-ranging, and includes academics (political scientists, economists, behavioral scientists, psychologists, communications researchers, and many others), policy analysts, nonprofit leaders, and others who work on pressing problems in the public and private sphere. The key is that they share an interest in learning and improving their work by talking and working with others outside their organization, discipline, or comfort zone.

We make it easy for people to engage in both short-term conversations or longer-term collaborations. Conversations are short, high-impact discussions with a very specific purpose in mind, typically to share knowledge relevant to solving an acute, pressing problem. Collaborations are long-term projects in which partners carry out new research together. It may be an original randomized controlled trial, survey, set of interviews, archival work, and so on. Alternatively, collaborations may leverage existing or recurring data collection that is either publicly available or has been collected by one of the partners.

Click here to read more about how r4i helps you connect with others -- both on your own and with our personalized matchmaking!