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Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition 2018

Now in its second year, the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition reflects the growing need for social science research not only to make an original contribution to the academy but also to make a demonstrable contribution to society and the economy.

We received more than 30 submissions from across the SGSSS membership. The review panel were very impressed by the number and quality of the projects showcased, and as such it was an extremely close field. Ten entries were shortlisted to present posters at the SGSSS Collaboration Showcase in Edinburgh, which was attended by 80 SGSSS stakeholders including external partners, PhD students and academic staff. Congratulations to all candidates for their excellent contributions.

The winner and two runners up received a £500 impact fund to be used to expand the impact of their work. The overall winner also received an iPad Pro 10.

Shortlisted candidates l-r: Jennifer Noall (Runner-up), Robert Skinner, Chloe Maclean, Majdi Ashour, Lilian Kennedy, Ariane Critchley (Runner-up), Lucy Blackburn, Mary Mitchell (Winner) and John Burns. Katy Proctor could not be at the event but received a Commended certificate in absentia.

The winners of this year’s competition were announced at the SGSSS Collaboration Showcase held at the Scottish National Gallery on Edinburgh on 14 May. We were delighted to be joined by Sir John Curtice who presented prizes and certificates of commendation to the ten shortlisted projects.

Below are the shortlisted candidates for the Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange competition 2018. Click on the thumbnails to view the full poster.

Winner

Reimagining Family Group Conferencing ‘Outcomes’

Mary Mitchell, University of Edinburgh

This research challenges the conventional ideas of child welfare outcomes by suggesting those outcomes important to children and family members are considered alongside those conceptualised by professionals. This has had considerable impact on professional standards and the development of practice with regard to child welfare service development and evaluation.

Runners-Up

Quickening Steps: An Ethnography of Pre-birth Child Protection

Ariane Critchley, University of Edinburgh

This research concerns a challenging and under-developed area of social work practice: pre-birth child protection. Ariane has seized opportunities to share findings to influence the development of practice and policy. Her doctoral research will be launched at the Social Work Scotland Conference 2018, sharing themes for organisational development with those in a position to effect change across Scotland.

Deprivation in rural Scotland: how can we use publically available data to understand poverty and disadvantage in remote and sparsely populated areas?

Jennifer Noall, University of Edinburgh

This research was undertaken as part of an SGSSS internship with Scottish Government and demonstrated how publically available data such as Scotland’s Census and the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation can be used by policy makers, Local Government and community organisations in order to better understand rural deprivation.

Commended

Fighting with the senses: The doing and undoing of gendered embodiment in karate

Chloe Maclean, University of Edinburgh

Drawn from the findings of her PhD research, Chloe has produced guidance for coaching women and girls for the Scottish Karate Governing Body (SKGB), with the aim of encouraging empowering treatment of women and girls through de-bunking gender myths, informing coaches of positive and negative coaching practices drawn from women’s lived experiences of karate, and of the socio-political context surrounding women’s lived lives.

Examination of the Psychometric Properties of a Strengths-based Assessment, the Recovery Capital Questionnaire, for Patients Accessing Addiction Services

John Burns, University of Stirling

The RCQ is a strengths-based assessment tool, which the author has created and developed. It is used across seven different addiction treatment sites in Scotland by scores of staff with hundreds of clients. John has presented extensively on the topic and has trained more than 150 staff across voluntary and public services in the use of the tool and gained the support of the Scottish Government for further development.

Stalking in Scotland: A Feminist Perspective

Katy Proctor, Glasgow Caledonian University

These research findings have been utilised to provide training for multi-agency practitioners working with victims of stalking and provide consultation during the development of an app for victims. Through delivering over 20 workshops and other training events, Katy has been able to disseminate her findings to over 250 professionals across Scotland, working directly with those who are being stalked.

Who Cares for the Carers?

Lilian Kennedy, University of Edinburgh

This research was undertaken as part of an SGSSS internship with Scottish Government and provided two focused Evidence Summary Reports: Communication Outreach Strategies, and Equalities Considerations for LGBT and BME Carers. Through this work, Lilian interfaced with policy teams to identify key areas of concern and areas of missing research in the successful implementation of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016.

Student loans and the reproduction of inequality: comparing the distribution of student debt in Scotland and Wales

Lucy Blackburn, University of Edinburgh

This research has had a substantial influence on public debate in Scotland on issues related to student funding and widening participation through providing evidence and analysis not available from other sources. It was awarded 2017 “Wonk of the Year” by specialist UK-wide HE website Wonkhe for providing “essential reading for a critical commentary on the funding of Scottish higher education”.

Beyond Resilience in Times of Despair: Out of Pocket Payments on Healthcare and Health Seeking Behaviours in the Gaza Strip

Majdi Ashour, University of Edinburgh

The results of this empirical research on the healthcare system in the Gaza Strip was able to contribute to reframing debates about resilient health systems in conflict affected countries. The research was presented at two sessions of the fourth Global Symposium on Health Policy and System Research and published in the leading health journal “The Lancet”.

Proximity interpreting – video-mediated interpreting (VMI) in frontline police settings

Robert Skinner, Heriot-Watt University

This research is shaping Police Scotland’s policy on how to use VMI services to ensure their services are accessible and usable by deaf (BSL) civilians. It supports interpreters to provide their service in a policing context. The research not only adds value to academic discourse and informs policies around using video interpreting services in a policing context, but aims to make academia accessible to the BSL community.