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Collaborating with academics guide

Collaborating with academics (2016) is the second publication in the KTN Evidence series. 

Who is this Guide for?

This guide is for anyone in the third sector who wants to link to academics to generate and/ or use evidence to improve policy and practice, including:

  • practitioners in the third sector
  • service managers
  • funders and commissioners
  • policy makers, researchers and planners.

The guide provides practical guidance and resources for third sector organisations to set up effective links with academics to generate and use evidence to influence policy and practice.

Part 1 helps you to understand the benefits to your organisation of collaborating with academics.

Part 2 provides tips to help you identify the right academic to set up your collaboration.

Part 3 contains a range of relevant resources and references.


Links to other publications in the KTN Evidence series

Evidence for Success (2014,updated 2015): A guide to generating and using evidence to influence policy and improve practice.

Evidence from Elsewhere (2017): A guide to using secondary evidence from third sector and other sources.


How ESS collaborates with academics

At ESS we like to think we walk the talk, as we, too, are a third sector organisation.  Learning from our own experiences of collaborations has informed our work.  Over the years we have collaborated with academics particularly through our thematic programmes where academics have sat on advisory groups (Reversing the Trend); supported us in developing story telling resources (A Stitch in Time?) and developing evaluation tools (currently with Leapfrogtools).  In the process we have fostered positive relationships with brokers like Interface, SCPHRP, What Works Scotland, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, and Scottish Universities Insight Institute, to name a few.

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