New course available: Making your research count: impact in times of information overload

Most researchers in the social sciences and humanities want their work to make a broader societal impact. However, as researchers we might not always be aware of the needs and concerns of different societal stakeholders. In addition, the digital ecosystem has brought about significant changes in the ways we communicate scientific knowledge and how this is perceived by societal stakeholders. In an era in which there is seemingly an overabundance of information, how can you make your work stand out particularly to journalists, policymakers, and/or members of the general public? What needs and concerns of these stakeholders does your research speak to?

This course will help you make your research count by understanding and addressing the needs and perspectives of journalists, policymakers, and the general public. We will practice taking on the roles of journalists, policymakers and the general public to understand how they perceive and engage with social science and humanities research. We will work with examples from your own research to try to extract which needs of these stakeholders your research is able to address. Finally, you will prepare and present a 3-minute pitch of your own research that specifically targets one of the stakeholder groups.

The skills learned in this course can be applied to communication with journalists, policymakers, and interested members of the public and will help you make your research count.