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How to disseminate your research

  Created on Tuesday, 27 Mar 2018. Posted in Dissemination

Effective dissemination is about getting the findings of your research to the people who can make use of them, to maximise the benefit of the research without delay. The NIHR have released a guide for researchers who are applying for funding or have research in progress. It is designed to help you plan your dissemination and give your research every chance of being utilised.


Understanding Plain English summaries. A comparison of two approaches to improve the quality of Plain English summaries in research reports

  Created on Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017. Posted in Public Involvement | Dissemination | Design Tips

There is a need for the authors of research reports to be able to communicate their work clearly and effectively to readers who are not familiar with the research area. Because many researchers write using technical, specialised language, particularly in scientific reports, writing Plain English summaries (PESs) can be challenging. This study looked at how to improve the quality of PESs.

The quality of the three versions (original summary, rewritten summary and edited summary) were assessed in two ways. First, a group of people who were not specialists in the subject area read and rated how easy the summaries were to understand. Secondly, a well-known measure called the Flesch reading ease score to assess how easy the PESs were to read.

The results showed that the following methods resulted in the best readable PESs:

  • to employ a specialist to do the task
  • to offer more explicit information to researchers on how to write it. 

The full article can be read online in the BioMed Central Research Involvement and Engagement Journal


Speeding up the delivery of health research evidence

  Created on Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017. Posted in Dissemination

NIHR is keen to get the results from research out as soon as it can, yet publications often take months to appear in journals. In order to speed up the process, the NIHR Journals Library now publishes First Look Summaries. These summaries are released four to six months ahead of full publication after a full editorial and peer review process has taken place.

Although fully reviewed, First Look Summaries have not been copy-edited or proof read and may undergo some minor changes during the publication process. Not all projects will have a first look summary as this is the choice of the Chief Investigator of the study.

So far PHR and HS&DR have released some First Look Summaries - unforturnately they are hard to find on the site and you need to click into a project to discover if such a summary is available. Hopefully the Library will improve this provision and make it more visible to users!!

The PHR Programme has released four first look summaries to date:


Toolkit for communicating your research

  Created on Monday, 07 Aug 2017. Posted in Dissemination

New online toolkit provides guidance, resources and tips for researchers to support communication of their findings in a way that prioritises action in response to evidence. 

  • Section 1: Planning for impact
  • Section 2: Communicating your research results
  • Section 3: Extending influence and widening impact
  • Section 4: Glossary of terms

Fast Track Impact Magazine 1st issue

  Created on Monday, 13 Mar 2017. Posted in Impact | Dissemination

Packed full of useful advice, hints and tips, Fast Track Impact Magazine, the first issue of a free magazine for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research, is available to read and download online.

Read the magazine to get all the latest news and research, become more productive and influential online, better understand and track your impacts, and learn new tips to enhance your impact.

This issue features the following highlights:

  • Online impact
    • Answer these 4 questions to using social media to drive research impact
    • How to actually save time in your working day by engaging with social media
    • How to become influential on Twitter the easy way
  • Enhance your impact
    • 5 things you need to get right if you want to successfully engage with the public and stakeholders for impact
    • Do your design skills undermine your credibility and impact?
    • Help!  My stakeholders aren’t interested in my research
    • 4 points to transform your next talk so you transform your audience
  • REF Tips
    • 3 reasons why you should care about the Research Excellence Framework (REF) if you’re not working in the UK
    • How to enhance the reach of your impact