Total award: £800,000
Timeline: June 2020 to May 2022
Affectionately known as ISIKLE, with this ambitious project we will demonstrate and evaluate effective models of knowledge exchange for students and external partners and communities.
The community research initiative is a knowledge exchange activity available to any master's student at UCL. Students and voluntary sector organisations are supported to develop a research project which both meets a knowledge need for the latter and forms a dissertation for the former.
In year 1 (2020-21), we are focused on scaling up our service from its pilot format; increasing staff capacity, developing a website, listening to key stakeholder groups, developing processes for participants, and reflecting on successes and challenges. The intended outputs from this work are (1) a graphical representation of our learning following the scaling work and (2) an adapted service that can meet the needs of more students and voluntary sector organisations in a better way for 2021-22.
During year 2 (2021-22), we will launch and deliver the scaled and improved community research initiative and evaluate its impact on students' and partners' economic and social outcomes.
The project team is diverse and expert in knowledge exchange, itself is an opportunity for peer learning and knowledge exchange between disciplines and institutions.
Students who sign up to CRIS have the opportunity to also take part in the research study as a participant. Please watch this short film with the supplementary Participant Information Sheet: