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The programme celebrated engaged and impactful research in the social sciences, and provided inspiration and support for researchers hoping to create change for the better through their work. 

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Programme day 1, Monday 20 March

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1.1 Welcome and panel discussion (+livestream): Putting Hope into Action


  • Heather Viles, Associate Head (Research), Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford, Chair of the Oxford ESRC IAA and Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation.

Panel discussion: What role do the social sciences have in creating hope in these difficult times and what are the key success factors in turning hope into action?

  • Heather Viles, Panel Chair, University of Oxford
  • Mel Knetsch, Deputy Director, Innovation and Impact, Economic and Social Research Council
  • Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford Brookes University and Director of the Innovation Caucus
  • Sravya Rao, Deputy Director, Economy & Strategic Analysis, UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

1.2.1 Panel session: Delivering impact in low- and middle-income countries and the global south (+livestream)

In this panel, we will hear from three teams working on highly participatory projects in Rwanda, Kenya and Colombia (and beyond). Whether developing an approach to support smallholder farmers that has been picked up by 20 countries, creating a locally based spin-out with an associated education programme, or a social lab for neighbourhoods which is making national waves, these researchers are putting international communities dealing with complex challenges at the heart of their approach.

  • Peter Dorward, University of Reading: Integrating climate services in a participatory extension approach.
  • Penny Fraser, Education and Training Africa and Patrick Thomson, University of Oxford: Schools clubs and social enterprises: two routes to impact from water research in Kenya 
  • Carlos López-Galviz, Lancaster University: Equitable urban futures in areas of transition


1.2.2 Case Study: From theory to policy: Building an evidence community around outcomes-based commissioning

When it comes to developing more robust evidence-based policymaking, researchers and practitioners can tend to operate under a different set of expectations, incentives and rules. Despite a growth in academic literature on methods to bridge the gap between camps, there remains a need to look more closely at the practices that help facilitate knowledge exchange. Since 2016, the Government Outcomes Lab (GO Lab) at the University of Oxford has specialised in the study of outcomes-based commissioning, a tool adopted by a number of public authorities in pursuit of efficient cross-sector partnerships to tackle social problems.


1.2.3 Panel session: Impact over the life course: responding to challenges that transitional life stages bring

Research partnerships that benefit from the social sciences can provide important support for key moments in peoples’ lives. In this session, we explore three projects engaging with different groups at transitional life stages, and the co-produced work which seeks to improve how many more people can be understood and supported in the future as a result.

  • Antonia MacKay, Oxford Brookes University: Birth, Motherhood and the Home during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Carol Fuller, University of Reading: ‘Enriching Lives’: Supporting women out of the criminal justice system
  • Manik Deepak Gobinath and Mahera Ruby, The Open University; Leena Khan, Bangla Housing Association; Shahana Begum, Farjana Islam and Aminur Rahman, Bangla Research Advisory Group:  ‘Amar Bari, Amar Jibon (My home, My Life)’ Co-producing research – Finding common ground to build community-academic research partnerships.


1.2.4  Case study: The Immersive Experience Network (IEN): a data-driven approach to building a collaborative creative community

This session looks at approaches to data and what shifts away from traditional data-gathering approaches might mean in terms of positive change. A collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Immersive Experience Network (IEN), funded by the ESRC IAA, has co-designed data-collection to understand the nature and scope of practice in the live immersive sector. Social science methods have helped identify ways to expand and accelerate its commercial potential and contribution to the economy; looking at ways data-rich research can facilitate the sustainable development of commercial strategy and resource for the live immersive sector. Presenters will describe how this collaboration continues to develop the sector as a visible, credible, sustainable and accessible area of cultural practice in the UK.  


1.2.5  Workshop: Creating an impact strategy

As research projects become ever more collaborative, whether between disciplines, departments or institutions, planning for and maximising impact has become increasingly challenging. This workshop is led by two teams who have worked to develop and implement impact strategies; one across a department, the other in a cross-university project. They will explore the challenges they have faced but also practical guidance and skills that delegates can benefit from in their own impact planning.

1.3.1 Panel session: Learning from children and young people as researchers (+livestream)

Young people embody hope for the future and yet are often overlooked as a group that can meaningfully contribute to the research that their lives could be shaped by. These three projects examine how to take children seriously – whether in relation to their life experiences, as a key group that have a right to be engaged about issues that affect their generation, or as partners in research engagement activity in their own right. 

  • Cath Hill, Lancaster University; Mhairi Sharp, National Emergencies Trust; Jake Hill, Alicia Taylor, Ellie Taylor and Ava Turner: Bee The Difference Project: Collaborating with young Manchester Arena survivors to create change
  • Michaela James, Swansea University: CORDS: Co-production of research direction and strategy with children and young people
  • Helen Wadham, Louise Platt and Christina McRae, Manchester Metropolitan University: Big world, small world: Animals, the city and me


1.3.2    Case study: Insights and opportunities for social scientists in Oxford space sector initiatives

This session introduces the Oxford Space Initiative (OxSI), an interdisciplinary research group giving social sciences perspectives on the space sector – the aim is to contribute to the development of a responsible and inclusive sector exploring ‘space for space’ and ‘space for earth’. Through research, stakeholder engagement, an MBA elective and communications, the team is building a strong network of relevant agencies and stakeholders – from start-ups and businesses to the European Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult. In this session, the OxSI will share the insights and opportunities afforded by the ESRC IAA, and other institutional support to develop new areas of research, with impact and engagement built in from the start, sharing the core lessons learned so far. 

1.3.3    Panel session: Patient and professional perspectives: improving healthcare experiences

Whilst the relationship between patient and doctor might be confidential, networks of those who influence or are influenced by patients’ experiences go much further: whether caught between professional and political tensions, cultural sensitivities or stigma, or because the care that others receive also has implications for their nearest and dearest. This panel showcases three projects that have addressed these issues head on, together with healthcare staff and policymakers.

  • Loua Khalil and Bernd Vogel, University of Reading; Elizabeth Flannery, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust: Excellence in end of life – making better memories
  • Sabrina Keating [online], Abigail McNiven, University of Oxford; and Francine Toye [online] Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust : Challenging silence and stigma through patient experience: reflections from the PURSUE study
  • Martha Nicholson, The Open University (online): Engaging public policy in my PhD research: How nurses and midwives learn about abortion care in Northern Ireland


1.3.4    Panel session: Mobilising research for change: researchers as activists

The passion that researchers bring to their discipline often links back to their own personal experiences, or to causes that are close to their hearts. Yet it also often leads to a lot of self-reflection about where the boundaries lie, and how one can be both without making too many compromises. This session hears from a panel who will reflect on the roles researchers can play in grassroots work, where and how they can lift up others, and how to keep their grounding in research evidence.  

  • Steph Hanlon, University College Dublin: Enabling praxis in practice: The role of academics in educating, agitating and mobilising for social and political change
  • Jessica Hewkin, University of Edinburgh: The Academic-Activist Gap: Mental health in migrant communities
  • Velda Elliott, University of Oxford: Maximising activism, research and impact: what I learned from Lit in Colour


1.3.5    Case study: Getting creative with impact: arts-based methods 

Many researchers have used engagement with partners to communicate their research effectively with different audiences. But what if it is the arts-intervention that could inform the research? And what about using a suite of creative methods and partnerships (online and museum spaces, plus storybooks) and rather than limiting to one approach?  We’ll hear from two projects that have done exactly that. 

  • Indrani Lahiri, Jayanta Ray, Jethro Shell, De Montfort University and Anthony Woodward, Twin Planets: Building resilience in children: why we need to think deeper 
  • Milly Farrell, University of Oxford: Time travelling with Frankenstein; assessing the impact of arts-based engagement


1.3.6    Case study: Safeguarding children from sexual exploitation and abuse in conflict and crisis zones

The Safeguarding Children in Conflict and Crisis Zones project began as a collaboration between Keeping Children Safe and University of Reading in 2016. The project has received funding from AHRC, British Academy, the UK FCDO, amongst others. Together the team have conducted field research in peacekeeping operations, consulted and worked with the United Nations, national governments, diplomats, peacekeeping training centres, national militaries, and civil society organisations. This session outlines how the collaboration developed and worked, the types of activities and research they have conducted, and the ongoing impact of their work.

1.4.1 Achieving impact through public policy: what is the role and value of social sciences research to policymakers? (+livestream)

Chaired by James Canton, ESRC, this roundtable will pose questions to a diverse panel representing researchers involved in policy engagement as well as different public policy stakeholders. What is the value of social sciences to policymakers? How can researchers achieve impact through public policy at different levels? 

  • James Canton, Deputy Director Public Policy and Engagement, ESRC
  • Arlene Holmes-Henderson, University of Oxford and Durham University, experienced policy engaged researcher
  • Syahirah Abdul Rahman, Oxford Brookes University and Innovation Caucus, co-editor of book "How to Engage Policy Makers with Your Research" 
  • Rich Pickford, Nottingham Civic Exchange, managing national and local engagement and impact initiative
  • Carrie Heitmeyer, Head of Social Sciences, Government Office for Science


1.4.2   Case study:  Business, impact and the Sustainable Development Goals: The experience of the Oxford SDG Impact Lab

The session introduces the work of the Oxford Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Impact Lab, hearing from one of the founders, a major corporate partner, BMW Group (UK) and one of the Lab fellows. The Lab’s student Fellows work directly with business and other non-academic organisations in order to design and deliver research-based solutions that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn about the training and learning opportunities provided through the lab and the transformational changes delivered. 

  • Alexander Betts, Oxford SDG Impact Lab
  • Andreas Kindler, BMW Group (UK)
  • Sekoah Kwon-Salkin, The Conservative Collection and former Lab Fellow


1.4.3 Workshop:  What is all the FoSS about? Creative engagement and impact with public audiences

FoSS, or the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences, is an annual celebration of the excellent research that social scientists provide, and every year, researchers and professional staff come up with ever more creative ways to showcase this work to and with public audiences. If you’re looking to be inspired by a smörgåsbord of dynamic public engagement with research projects from across the UK, this is the session for you!

  • Victoria Edwards and Poppy Hodkinson, Cardiff University
  • Maarja Kaaristo and Katherine Roycroft, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Karen Reid, Ulster University


1.4.4 Panel session: Impact in education

Join three research teams to reflect on engaging with parents, teachers, policymakers, professional bodies and beyond. They will share their learnings about collaboration in a way that will not just be useful to educators, but to anyone learning about the value of different scales of collaboration, putting forward positive models of engaging around sensitive topics, or how to navigate a difficult next step together with your partners.

  • Teresa Cremin, The Open University:  From ‘Little C’ to ‘Bigger C’ collaborations: Reflections on a volitional reading impact journey
  • Richard Harris, University of Reading: Working with primary school teachers and parents to develop approaches to normalising LGBTQ+ conversations
  • Alice Tawell and Hilary Emery, University of Oxford: Stepping stones to impact: Reflections from the Excluded Lives project and related research and public policy partnership on reducing school exclusions


1.4.5 Workshop: Navigating Ethics and Responsibility in Knowledge Exchange and Impact

This interactive session looks at the ethical challenges of Knowledge Exchange, Engagement and Impact (KEEI), in particular the ethics surrounding impact. This is a discussion-led workshop which invites participants to share their experiences and thoughts about supporting ethical KEEI work and mitigating negative impact (“Grimpact”) whilst meeting other priorities at the same time.


1.4.6 Panel session: Women’s health in the workplace: breaking the silence

Women’s reproductive health still remains a topic that is largely undiscussed and under- supported by many workplaces today, leaving many women facing physical and mental strain with little acknowledgement. In this session, we will hear from two projects that have sought to address this via co-produced reports, toolkits, consultancy and workshops for employers, to provide practical guidance and mentoring to improve workplace cultures.

  • Krystal Wilkinson, Manchester Metropolitan University (online): Women's health in the workplace: impact journey and reflections
  • Katy Schnitzler, The Open University (online): Pregnancy Loss at Work: Creating Impact and Change Beyond Academia

Keynote speech (+livestream) : Mobilising research for social good

Julia Black, President of the British Academy; Strategic Director of Innovation, London School of Economics and Political Science; External Member of the Prudential Regulation Committee of the Bank of England.

Introduced by Heather Viles, University of Oxford.

Following the day’s sessions, guests were invited to the Ruth Deech Building for a variety of social activities, informal networking, and the chance to explore the exhibition.

The afternoon activities included:

  • ASPECT, who hosted a series of activities exploring innovation and commercialisation in SHAPE throughout the afternoon in the Recharge Lounge.
  • OxCo, who hosted a film showing in the Tsuzuki lecture theatre, demonstrating how they help bring social sciences research and impact to life through film.
  • The Confucius Institute from Oxford Brookes University, who offered lessons on how to make an origami jumping frog.
  • The Brick People, bringing research to life with LEGO.
  • The University of Oxford Immersive Digital Services and LEVRA, who hosted a demonstration exploring the use of virtual reality as a training mechanism to build confidence and capabilities in the workplace.
  • Scriberia, our talented live scribes, who showcased their expertise in illustration, animation, projection mapping and more. Watch their live map grow, and talk to them about how they can make research accessible for a variety of audiences.

A drinks reception for pre-booked dinner guests was hosted in the Ruth Deech Building lower ground floor from 18:00. 

Dinner guests were invited to make their way to the Dining Room for 19:00.

Programme day 2, Tuesday 21 March

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2.1 Panel discussion: Hope into animation (+livestream)

Join our panel to gently gear up for the day – reflecting on Day 1 of the conference, and where we might go on Day 2 and beyond. What key issues, ideas and creative solutions have caught their imaginations? Where can we go deeper with our discussions, at the conference, or in future collaborations? We will be literally putting ideas into motion with an unmissable live animation from visual scribes Scriberia.

  • Chair - Paul Manners, Director of National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
  • Isang Awah, Head of Advocacy, Global Parenting Initiative, University of Oxford
  • Adrian Bell, Research Dean for Prosperity and Resilience, University of Reading
  • Aileen Marshall-Brown, Head of Engagement, Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford 


2.2.1 Panel session: Place-based engagement as a route to impact in cities (+livestream)

Engaging at a local level is becoming increasingly valued (and yet, arguably not enough) by researchers and funders alike. This session showcases three projects which demonstrate the power of developing work with local policymakers, practitioners and communities   - exploring the nuances, challenges and inspiring outcomes achieved in cities in the UK and Europe.

  • Gareth Addidle, University of Bradford (online): ‘Spheres of influence’ – developing and achieving impact to influence policy: a local case study in Bradford
  • Jan Braat, City of Utrecht and Chair of C-MISE (online) and Myriam Cherti (online), University of Oxford: Engaging cities: facilitating exchange and optimising impact – CMISE project
  • Sophie Cloutterbuck, London Metropolitan University: London Met Lab: Empowering London - a vehicle for societal change


2.2.2 Showcase: Video as a tool for impact

Communicating our research to different audiences is key to connecting and engaging with relevant groups, enabling impact to occur. Video is a particularly compelling medium for storytelling and breaking down complex ideas. This session showcases a collaboration between Oxford, our O2RB partners and video company OxCo to train groups of researchers to develop, create and edit their own videos about their research and impact.

  • Harry McAlister, OxCo

The session includes a screening of 6 short films, followed by a roundtable with the video creators.

  • ‘Knowledge, Power, and Decolonizing’ by Jo Davis, University of Reading
  • ‘Soul Food Volunteering’ by Sarah-Louise Mitchell, Oxford Brookes University
  • ‘Women's entrepreneurial journeys’ by Michael Ngoasong, The Open University
  • ‘Bread or statistics?’ by Tom Scott-Smith, University of Oxford
  • ‘Are online hearings here to stay?’ by Anna Tsalapatanis, University of Oxford
  • ‘Is our digital world destroying the planet?’ by Emilie Vrain, University of Oxford


2.2.3 Panel session: Improving lives of mothers and families in precarious positions

Hear from two researchers who have worked with a range of women and families experiencing life-changing precarity: women and families in the UK who have ‘no recourse to public funds’; and young mothers experiencing health and education risks in South Africa. These speakers have used their research to influence legal professions, governments, policymakers – leading to changes that have benefitted these women and their families. This session explores how they achieved this, but also how this engagement can be carried out responsibility and effectively for all concerned, the challenges of working in areas of complex social care, and where we go from here.

  • Rachel Benchekroun, University College London: Multiple hats, diverse needs: the challenges of engaging ethically with relevant communities as an activist-researcher
  • Janina Jochim, University of Oxford: Adolescent mothers in South Africa - How can we promote the most vulnerable learners to return to school?


2.2.4    Workshop: Business-academic collaboration for impact via Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

This session explores the Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme, exploring what a KTP project looks like in the social sciences. Audiences will hear two case studies from current KTPs, with partners ActiveOps and the Churches Conservation Trust, and will get advice on the opportunities available through KTPs from our speakers.

  • Mona Ashok, University of Reading and Bhavesh Vaghela, ActiveOps: Improving operational decision-making through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML): an industry-academic collaboration case study
  • Pegram Harrison and Jessica Stitt, University of Oxford and Gabriella Misuriello, Churches Conservation Trust: Developing an enterprise culture at a national heritage charity


2.2.5 Workshop: Approaches to public engagement with research

Taking part in public engagement with research activities can often put researchers in situations where they are not only trying to communicate their research but also respond to a range of common myths, popular misunderstandings, and scepticism of authority figures. In this session, we’ll hear from researchers who have been tackling these issues directly through a range of topics and approaches.


2.2.6 Workshop: Sustaining and scaling impact through commercial routes and gaming

This workshop takes a broader look at how universities can develop novel interventions to support innovative and sustainable pathways to impact, using KE pathways that focus on commercial opportunities. Attendees will be asked to consider outcomes from the project and how they can align with their own objectives and priorities to accelerate, scale up and sustain research impact.  The second part of the workshop takes a deeper dive into gaming as one such commercial route. This panel discussion will provide live examples to the audience of how social science academics are working with businesses, SHAPE academics and community partners to develop game prototypes based on their research, how it is changing their concept of impact, and what they believe the future can look like in games industry and academic partnership.

  • Lorna Hards, University of Sussex; and Saskia Gent, Insights for Impact : Developing innovative and sustainable pathways to impact from a clean slate
  • Michael Gray, Matt Leeper, Matt Offord and Rachel Porteous, University of Glasgow: The growing role of games in social science innovation


2.3.1 Panel session: Measuring impact: Learnings from the third sector (+livestream)

What do we really want to get out of measuring and evaluating our impact? With increasing expectations of being able to articulate what research partnerships are ‘producing’, how do we achieve this meaningfully – not solely driven by targets, and with learning that can improve the work we do? We invite you to join two impact-focussed professionals from outside academia – one from the charity sector and another who undertakes external impact reviews for charities, for a fresh perspective on what researchers can learn from other sectors that also face these measurement challenges.

  • Ed Walker, Hope into Action UK: Putting theory into practice: the reality on the ground
  • Emma Roberts, SocialQual: Confessions of an impact evaluator


2.3.2 Case study: Multidimensional poverty indices as anti-poverty policy tools
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) is a research centre within the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) at the University of Oxford and the Secretariat of a large and growing south-south network of governments and international organisations – the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network (MPPN). In this session, colleagues from OPHI, the MPPN and governments around the world will showcase how so-called Multidimensional Poverty Indices (MPI) – originally an academic, methodological contribution – have been translated into permanent official statistics and antipoverty policy tools in dozens of countries around the world.


2.3.3 Panel session: Engaging with travelling communities

Travelling communities have distinct cultures, identities and needs that are often under-researched and under-provided for. This session explores two projects that have sought to improve the wellbeing of these groups: one, in response to the over-representation of Roma children in the child protection services; the second, a project that explores both the healthcare experiences of Showmen and the healthcare professionals who work with them.

  • Dada Felja, Law for Life and Olga Fuseini, Roma advocate and Research Associate; Joanna Kostka, Lancaster University: Legal Empowerment for Roma Communities in the context of child protection
  • Sheldon Chadwick, Showmen’s Mental Health Awareness Charity; and Margaret Greenfields and Sophie Coker, Anglia Ruskin University: A Showcase of 'In Fair Health' a study into the health and well-being needs of Travelling Showmen


2.3.4 Panel session: Building grassroots partnerships for impact

Grassroots movements are often motivated by questions of social justice, wherever in the world they occur. In this session, we will hear how one research team used multiple engagement techniques to work with individuals, community groups, parish councils in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire on issues connected with emerging Biodiversity Net Gain policies. They are joined by a grassroots organisation based in India, whose innovative mentoring scheme has provided support to thousands of students to overcome discrimination to reach higher education – especially those facing caste-based discrimination.

  • Amber Butler, University of Oxford: Using a grassroots, community case-study approach alongside policy scenarios to assess and operationalise the welfare impacts of environmental policy
  • Raju Kendre, Eklavya; and Neeraj Shetye, University of Oxford: Higher Education for First-generation Learners: Strategies and Reflections from Eklavya India Movement

2.3.5   Panel session: Translating research into action for families with young children

In this panel, a network of developmental researchers from institutions around the UK will set out how they have collaborated with the volunteer sector, Early Years practitioners and parents themselves to translate research on COVID-19 pandemic impacts on early child development into policy briefings, public engagement and direct impact activities, allowing parents’ voices to be heard and the needs of the youngest members of society to be recognised. The panel will reflect on their experiences of the institutional and logistical facilitators and barriers to engaging in Impact work. 

  • Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez, Oxford Brookes University: Making impact during the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of the SDDS study
  • Catherine Davies, Leeds University: Ensuring the impact of COVID-19-era developmental research on educational policy and practice
  • Michelle McGillion, University of Warwick: Parenting during the pandemic: Making parents’ voices heard
  • Alexandra Hendry, University of Oxford: Achieving impact for families through consultation, co-development, and collaboration with the commercial, public and voluntary sector


2.3.6  Workshop: Mastering Interviews and Self-Interviews: Tips and Strategies for Success

Led by an experienced interviewer, this workshop will provide you with practical tips and strategies to ace your interviews and create engaging self-interviews. You will learn how to present yourself professionally, highlight your unique qualities, and engage the audience. You will also learn about the best practices for creating a self-interview video, including selecting the right equipment and location, scripting your answers, and delivering them confidently. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your interview game!

  • Maxim Jago, OxCo


2.4.1 Participatory methods and the voice of lived experience (+livestream)

How do we ensure that the voices of those with lived experience are not missing from the evidence used to make decisions that affect their everyday lives? Two projects present their approaches: firstly the ESRC Centre for Care on providing new evidence and thinking for policymakers, care sector organisations and for people who need or provide care valuing all types of evidence- lived experience, practice wisdom and academic- equally. Secondly, we hear from Migration Yorkshire on the development of a peer researcher toolkit. 

  • Rachael Black, University of Sheffield: Engaging with practice partners and those with lived experience to strengthen policy engagement (ESRC Centre for Care)
  • Kate James and José García, Migration Yorkshire: Migration Yorkshire peer research toolkit


2.4.2  Case study: Parenting for Lifelong Health: Evidence-based parenting support for all 

Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) was founded in 2012 in response to an urgent need for evidence-based, open-access, and scalable parenting interventions to prevent child maltreatment. Following effectiveness in 15 randomised trials, a suite of in-person programmes have been implemented in 31 countries. Resources have been developed for crisis contexts, including the Turkey/Syria earthquake. Digital adaptations are also under development. This session describes PLH’s evolution on its mission to ensure families everywhere access effective parenting support. 


2.4.3   Panel session: Impact in challenging contexts and crises

Measuring impact is crucial for ensuring that policy outcomes are met during times of crisis. This contribution will explore how impact can be measured, monitored, and evaluated during crises, in low-resource settings. It will build on three case studies of successful evaluations conducted by the contributors: a national evaluation of India’s rural development portfolio, conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic; and a UNICEF-commissioned evaluation of a cash transfer programme, conducted in conflict-afflicted Rakhine State, Myanmar; and collaboration with UNICEF on analysis and best evidence to support the lives of adolescents and young people in the Eastern and Southern African region. 

  • Rai Sengupta, Ecorys UK: Measuring Impact during crisis: building hope, informing action
  • Nontokozo Langwenya, University of Oxford: Estimates of violence against adolescents: who is included – who is neglected


2.4.4 Case study: Building impact through inclusive research: establishing ACoRNS, an autism community research network

Autism Community Research Network @ Southampton (ACoRNS) is a distinctive research-practice partnership that aims to improve the lives of autistic children and young people within education through addressing the marginalisation of their views and experiences.  ACoRNS brings together researchers, practitioners and autistic people/families to jointly develop projects of direct relevance to autism practice and policy. This presentation highlights the trajectory of ACoRNS development in collaboration with non-academic partners and supported by the impact funding and industrial relations teams at the University of Southampton. Wider changes to thinking, attitudes, and practice have benefitted families, professionals, practitioners, and a growing network of educational organisations.


Keynote 'In conversation' (+livestream): Inequality - challenges in policy and research

In this session our two speakers will share their experiences from both sides of the fence - as academic and policy facing researchers. They will discuss inequality research and policy, what we have learned so far and why so little has seemingly changed as a result. How can we advance faster and overcome the implementation challenges encountered thus far? 

  • Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, International Consultant, Director, Equity and Social Protection, ODI and Chief Economist, Data-Pop Alliance
  • Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Associate Head (People), Social Sciences Division and Head of the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Closing and thanks

  • Heather Viles, Associate Head (Research), Social Sciences Division, University of Oxford, Chair of the Oxford ESRC IAA and Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation.