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, eliminate racism, increase voter engagement, and so on.

Yet they are part of very different social networks and may not have experience connecting with each other. They may be unsure about who to connect with and they often want guidance about how to connect across diverse spaces.

research4impact (r4i) helps on both fronts. Read below for the opportunities we offer that can help you build new informal and formal collaborations:

 

***MATCHMAKING***

research4impact connects researchers, practitioners, and policymakers via our hands-on matchmaking. Since mid-2018 we've created a Board of Matchmakers that has initiated 250+ new collaborations between social scientists and nonprofit practitioners, and between social scientists and local policymakers, across the globe.

Most of these matches are for 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 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!

We typically advertise connections through our e-newsletters, which inform our 1000+ member community of new opportunities. Our community is growing and wide-ranging, and includes social scientists (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***

A key part of research4impact entails not just doing the work of matchmaking, but also sharing what we're learning about how to initiate successful collaborations between people with diverse forms of knoweldge and expertise. 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.

 

***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. It can be in-person or over Zoom.

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!