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Open Call for applications to attend the Connected Communities Research Development Workshop

This open call invites expressions of interest to attend a research development workshop being held as a part of the cross-Council Connected Communities Programme on 2 July 2013 at Edinburgh Conference Centre at Heriot Watt University. The aim of this workshop is to support the development of ideas for research projects to explore and enhance the sustainability of outcomes from, and legacy of, research under the Connected Communities Programme and to provide new insights on the potential broader cultural, economic and societal value of research under the Programme. Through this workshop we hope to stimulate the development of innovative methodologies and approaches for working with communities and other partners to:

  • explore issues around enhancing the longer-term sustainability of the outcomes and benefits from research and the ways which these might spread or be translated into other contexts;
  • co-evaluate and track the impacts of research over time and their distribution;
  • capture the broader social, economic and cultural value of the research undertaken; and
  • enhance opportunities to learn from the experience (both positive and negative) of Connected Communities research projects about the ways in which the legacy from projects can best be supported.

We are seeking applications to participate in the workshop from:

  • Researchers and project partners supported under the Connected Communities Programme who are interested in working with others to explore the sustainability, legacy and value of past or current projects
  • Researchers from a wide range of disciplines who are not currently involved in the Connected Communities Programme with expertise relevant to the themes of this workshop (legacy, cultural value, evaluation, impact etc.) interested in working with Connected Communities projects to explore these issues
  • Individuals from outside the higher education sector (e.g. from community, voluntary or policy organisations or from the heritage and creative arts sectors) with experience or expertise in exploring issues such as legacy, cultural value, evaluation, impact etc. and/or who could contribute to other relevant aspects such as the inclusion of community perspectives, voices and interests in post-project assessment processes research community and stakeholder partners

The facilitated workshop will be highly participative, interactive and open to innovative ideas from participants about future research opportunities and priorities. Attendees at the workshop will have an opportunity to apply for ring-fenced funding for follow-up projects of up to £100,000 to support inter-disciplinary collaborative grants combining arts and humanities expertise with other research disciplines and community, policy and practice partners, to take forward the most innovative research ideas that emerge during the workshop that would contribute to the aims outlined above.

The workshop is being organised by the AHRC as a part of the cross-Council Connected Communities Programme, in collaboration with RCUK partners in the ESRC, NERC, MRC and EPSRC. Through the workshop we are also keen to explore links to other initiatives, for example with AHRC’s Cultural Value Project, and collaborations with other research funders and with a range of other policy, practice, charitable and voluntary organisations.