Impact generation needs support at institutional level. The best research organisations, supported by other agencies including the research councils, are developing structures that support individual researchers to become more reflective and collaborative by appreciating and allowing space for such approaches.
Institutional support can include:
- teaching and learning strategies that accommodate and stimulate reflective practice in meaningful ways for students, staff and active researchers
- deeper integration of reflective practice modules within courses and support structures for researchers
- designing learning spaces and modules to explore action-theory links such as learning sets, mentoring and coaching opportunities.
Your research office and academic development services should be able to advise you what support they have available for increasing researcher capacity for developing skills in reflection, collaborative research and impact related work generally.
There may also be working groups or committees within your institution that you can take part in and influence to expand the support your organisation provides to researchers who want to diversify their collaboration, reflection and impact work skills.