In early 2021 INASP was asked to run a 3-day training course on how to maximise the impact of research on policy and practice for teaching and research staff and doctoral students at SLU.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is Sweden’s largest university dedicated to agriculture, livestock and the environment. In 2021 there were 4,500 students and over 3,000 staff, who published over 2,500 articles and reviews. Its mission is to conduct education, research
and environmental monitoring and assessment in collaboration with society at large and contribute to sustainable societal development and good living conditions on our planet. SLU Global is a special unit to support SLU’s work for global development to contribute to Agenda 2030.
The training was designed to provide full-time in-person training for 20 participants including presentations and discussions and practical sessions where participants could try out some new tools and approaches on their own work. Each day started with an overview presentation which was also streamed live to a larger virtual audience.
The first day included an overview on “doing research differently” to maximise its impact and tools for understanding the context and defining policy objectives. The second day focused on how to develop a policy engagement strategy, and the third day on research communication and assessing impact.