Introductions to impact-related tools for research in the Global South

A new series of brief talks introducing impact-related tools and approaches for research on global development challenges will run weekly throughout the summer, starting from 5 August.

These will be on:

  • Theory of Change
  • Co-production
  • Monitoring and metrics
  • Communications

These sessions are based around GCRF funding calls but should apply more broadly too. The sessions are 30-45 mins with Q&A at the end.

Theory of Change

Wednesday 5 August 10-11am (repeated 26 August 10-11am)

Funding bodies increasingly ask for a Theory of Change (ToC). Whether a requirement or not, ToCs can help to plan projects which tackle complex challenges. This session introduces ToC and looks at the basic rules for developing and using them.


Wednesday 12 August 10-11am

Co-production is now a common term, interpreted in multiple ways. This session looks at some of the key aspects of co-production and principles to doing it well. It also considers the power of co-production in achieving impact in the global South.

Monitoring and metrics

Wednesday 19 August 10-11am

How will you know that your research has created positive change? Monitoring and measuring impact is not easy. This session provides a process for considering the change you hope to see, and understanding what that would look like.


Wednesday 26 August 10-11am

It's a key element of impact planning. Effective communication can take time and resources. This session introduces some questions to help research teams to focus communications on the right audience.

If you have any questions, or if you can't attend but would like to know more, please contact Tom Readford, International Impact Officer,

Further training opportunities

As part of the University's Knowledge Exchange strategy, Research Services is providing a variety of training opportunities for academics, researchers and all Knowledge Exchange support staff. These will provide participants with the skills needed to develop and enhance the value of their collaborations with external partners, and improve and increase the University's external economic and social impact.

View the training and development programme