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One of the main aims of the Forum is to maximise the impact of evidence through knowledge transfer and dissemination.

The Forum sees value in bringing together third sector organisations and academic researchers to explore how they can go about setting up positive and effective collaborations so that they can share learning and generate evidence.

Past events: 

Researching Together conference 2018

Researching Together Conference 2018                                                                  

Researching Together logoFunded by the Scottish Government the 4th 'Let's collaborate' free event, Researching Together, was organised by the Third Sector Research Forum and took place on Thursday 1st February 2018 in Edinburgh. The conference explored the theme of researching together and was attended by academics, third sector organisations and those  interested in third sector research. 

The programme offered a variety of interactive sessions giving participants opportunities to hear from a range of researchers talking about the benefits and challenges of collaborative research. For more details about the interactive session see session descriptions.

To get a flavour of Researching Together and to see tweets from participants read this storify presentation.

Read the Conference report 

Slides, handouts and roundtable notes from interactive sessions

Dr Jim Elder-Woodward, OBE, Chair Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living and Professor Kirstein Rummery Coproducing research with disabled people: Disability research into independent living and learning - Dr Jim Elder-Woodward OBE Chair, Glasgow Centre for Inclusive Living (DRILL research) and Professor Kirstein Rummery -  slides here and handout here.

Martin McKee, Social Lab, Gillian Kirkwood, and Lyndsey Coleman, Y-Sort it ServiceThe Research for Change programme - Martin McKee, Social Lab - slides here.

Professor Chik Collins




The University of West of Scotland-Oxfam Partnership: Reflections on some experience of collaborative research and advocacy - Professor Chik Collins, University of West Scotland - slides here.

Andrew Patterson, Scottish Community Development Centre

Research by the community: what can we learn from community-led action research? Facilitated by Andrew Patterson, Scottish Community Development Centre - roundtable note here.



Let's collaborate for Impact 

The TSRF third annual Let's collaborate event took place on 13 September 2016 in Edinburgh. It focussed on what impact means for the third and academic sectors. See the programme here.

To get a flavour of the day see the event report; our Storify, and blog.

Let's collaborate 

The Forum hosted its second event 'Let's collaborate' on 11 September 2015 at Scottish Government, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

Participants had the opportunity to:

  • Understand different forms of collaboration between third sector and academia and how to spot the right one for you
  • Identify practical steps to effective collaboration
  • Have specific ideas on how to take collaboration forward
  • Have networking opportunities to share ideas with others

The programme for the day involved short presentations, thematic roundtable discussions and three breakout sessions. The Research Forum took the opportunity to consult on a number of resources including 'Collaborating with academics'. The deadline for this consultation is 2nd October 2015.

To get a flavour of the day and see what participants had to say read Jane Marryat's report

"Collaborating with a university has not only allowed us access to skills and expertise, but it has provided us with in-depth analysis and valuable insight from an academic perspective which will help further our understanding and inform policy making in a practical regulatory environment." Louise Meikleham, Engagement Manager: Policy and Research, Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) 


"Bringing the third sector and academic research together" 

The Forum hosted a full day event on the 9 October 2014 in Edinburgh to start brokering third sector and academia relationships. At this event participants shared successes and challenges from experience.


  • Got a better understanding of the benefits of research collaboration between academics and third sector
  • Had opportunities to learn from/ share examples of positive collaborations already taking place
  • Got a better understanding of the process of setting up academics/ third sector research collaborations
  • Had opportunities to network.

Read the report from the event to find out what happened and what was discussed!

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