Click on the expandable rows below to find out how the Institute for Social Renewal can help you with your project completion and development.
We ask all funded projects to complete an end-of-project report, and if your project end date has passed, you should have received a template from the NISR team.
These "Social Renewal stories" are then featured in a NISR Book of Stories that is used when we report on our work, as well as on our website.
Guidance notes on proforma
Word count: One side of A4 is preferred
Image: If you don’t have an image from the project, we can find one that suits the themes you’re dealing with
What did you do: please include outputs/outcomes that you planned in your application form
Testimonial: in this section we are seeking a quote or comment from one of the project team or stakeholders on how the project went e.g. what worked well, what was especially interesting, any unexpected benefits or new insights
Please feel free to have a look at some of last year’s Social Renewal stories on our webpages to see how the finished product will look: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/socialrenewal/projects/current/
If you have any questions about how to use the proforma, please contact the NISR office.
The Social Renewal blog features short pieces (600-800 words) on a research topic, or a research method.
Why not make a contribution based on the work that you've done in Social Renewal? This could then form the basis of a piece for The Conversation or another publication. Blogs are a great way to get your work out there, and to gain interest from the Press (see below in Dissemination).
For advice on word count and on style, please contact the NISR team.
Have you thought about how to keep track of your engagement and impact activities related to your project?
It might be that you could take advantage of the "electronic shoebox" offered in MyProjects:
If you'd like the NISR team to follow this up for you and set up a project home in MyProjects, please get in touch.
Do your faculty impact officers know about your project? Have a look at the Research and Enterprise Services' Impact page to find out whom to contact.
The NISR team would be happy to support you in thinking about your project development in this way.
All Social Renewal projects involve external stakeholders in some way. This means that the traditional models of research dissemination don't necessarily apply, since stakeholders will have been involved since the early stages, and some will have co-designed the research questions.
However, there may be audiences that you'd still like to reach with your research, and below are some ideas of where this might take you.
Whether those whom your research is relevant to are creative industries, VSCE organisations, schools or businesses (to name a few), it's important to know the relationships of other academics with those sectors.
Speak to your faculty business development managers to find out more about the connections already made with organisations and businesses.
The internal pages of the Newcastle University Engagement website also have lots of information on how to engage with different sectors.
- Engagement partnerships (internal only)
It may be that you're keen for your research to be heard by policymakers. If so, the first step should be to reach a higher stage, perhaps through the means of various media (e.g. blogs, the press, audio interviews).
There are other routes to policy impact, and NISR theme champion Prof Sally Shortall advises on this for the NU Policy Academy. Please get in touch to find out more.
- Write to your local MP - MPs' time is usually most taken up with constituents, so write to your local MP before others.
- Write a policy brief - The Policy Academy in collaboration with NISR is building advice in this area.
- Give evidence to a Select Committee - Use the Parliament website to find out what calls for evidence are out, and whether your research is relevant.
Press coverage is often a means to further engagement and other types of impact, but it can be a complicated process. Always go through the NU Press Office, and consult your local Press Officers for advice on any kind of press dissemination.
It may be that the best audience for your research is the general public, or a community group within it. This might be through:
- A workshop or event
- Public participation - on the streets or in a digital space
- An exhibition
- A performance
To consider these options more, get in touch with the NISR team for further advice.