Many practitioners, policymakers, and social scientists share the same underlying goals: eliminate poverty, tackle climate change, create educational opportunity, promote healthy lives, achieve political equality, increase voter engagement, and so on.

They know that sharing knowledge, and perhaps even collaborating on a research project, would accelerate progress. Yet they are part of very different social networks. This means they are not sure who to connect with, and they often want guidance about how to build successful working relationships with those who have diverse forms of knowledge.

research4impact (r4i) helps on both fronts. Read below for the opportunities we offer that can help you build relationships that accelerate your impact:

 

***INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS***

We offer interactive workshops called "How to be Helpful: Building Relationships for Social Impact". Participants learn about our new, evidence-based model for how to build successful working relationships with others who have diverse sources of knowledge.

Our workshops are useful for researchers, nonprofit practitioners, government officials, grantors, grantees, mentors, mentees, community members, students, and many others who have knowledge about a problem, want to share that knowledge with others, and want to learn about what others know as well.

We cover key fundamentals of the behavioral science of relationship-building, provide a framework for how to put it into practice, and then lead a series of interactive exercises to practice. Overall, we help people (a) effectively share what they know and (b) actively encourage others to effectively share what they know. The workshop is typically 1-2 hours.

So far 900+ folks have taken part in Europe, Asia, and North America. Check out our "Impact Stories" for what others have said about the workshops so far.

Sound helpful and enjoyable? Want more information? Contact Adam (President of r4i) and let's talk!

 

***MATCHMAKING***

research4impact members connect with each other via our hands-on matchmaking service. Since mid-2018 we've created a new Board of Matchmakers that has initiated 150+ new relationships between social scientists and nonprofit practitioners across the globe.

Some of these matches result in informal collaborations in which people share knowledge, are open to learning from others, and gain new awareness of the boundaries of what they know and their lived experience. Here's an example of the impact these informal collaborations can have.

Sometimes informal collaborations then lead to more formal collaborations in which parties co-create new projects with shared ownership, shared decision-making authority, and mutual accountability. Here are seven FAQs for successful academic-practitioner collaborations and here is an article that describes the process of formally collaborating.

Check out our "Impact Stories" for what others have said about our hands-on matchmaking.

Attn: Practitioners! There's cool research out there that could help you solve tricky problems you're facing. Click here to fill out a super-brief form and we'll respond right away.

Attn: Researchers! Connecting with a practitioner will produce new questions, new research ideas, and possibly new formal collaborations. Sound useful and enjoyable? Email Adam and let's go!

Most people connect via our hands-on matchmaking. Yet we also offer the opportunity to connect with other r4i members on your own. To engage in self-matchmaking, first create a profile. Provide some biographical and professional information about yourself, your past work, and your goals. Edit as often as you’d like. Here's some advice on creating a good profile. Second, use our customized search features and reach out to other folks directly via the site.

 

***E-NEWSLETTERS***

We periodically send out e-newsletters to inform our 900+ member community of new opportunities for bridging social science and practice. Our community is growing and wide-ranging, and includes academics (political scientists, economists, behavioral scientists, psychologists, communications researchers, and many others), policy analysts, nonprofit leaders, government officials, and others who work on pressing problems in the public and private sphere.

Our newsletters are not too frequent, and we strive to make them as pithy and informative as possible. Sign-up here! Also, please email us if you have an opportunity you'd like to advertise.

 

***WHAT WE'RE LEARNING***

We are also sharing what we're learning about how to build successful relationships between researchers and practitioners. This includes a series of short articles and one-page briefs. Please take a look, and feel free to email us with any feedback or questions.