Achieving Research Impact

The Co-Produced Pathway to Impact (CPPI) Framework for Planning and Evaluation of Research, KT, Commercialization
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Recognize and understand the different stages of the Co-Produced Pathway to Impact framework from research through dissemination, uptake, implementation and impact and how these stages in the research process can benefit from engagement with stakeholders
Project anticipated short-, medium- and long-term impact(s) of research, knowledge translation, and commercialization projects and apply this thinking to planning activities, outputs and outcomes accordingly
Use the Co-Produced Pathway to Impact framework to frame planning and evaluation for your research projects and/or programs toward achieving impact(s)
Understand how to operationalize the Co-Produced Pathway to Impact framework
Understand the different stages to help you create an impact strategy, which may or may not be part of a grant application


  • Understand the general process for how university-based research is conducted
  • Know a little about knowledge translation: that KT is a mixture of both dissemination (communications) and engagement of stakeholders such as research partners and/or end-users of research
  • Prior knowledge about logic models would be helpful, but is not necessary


Learn what impact of research is and how to achieve it, by purposeful planning and evaluation that involves stakeholders at each stage.

Gain a competitive edge

There are benefits to understanding what research impact is, how to achieve and assess it.


For researchers and trainees, gain an edge over your competition for grant funding by becoming better at articulating the intended short-, medium- and long-term impact(s) of your research and associated knowledge translation and/or commercialization activities.  


For funders and partners, understand the CPPI to facilitate communication with researchers about your expectations, so you can get more out of your investments in university-based research.


For researchers, funders and partners, increase your chances for making a difference with the time and resources you are putting into research!


Master Impact Planning and Assessment

Learn to apply the CPPI to your research project or program. Plan and evaluate activities, outputs and outcomes with stakeholder engagement at each stage from research to impact. Use the worksheets and examples throughout for planning and evaluation of individual research projects or programs of research. Draft indicators for each stage of the CPPI from research through dissemination, uptake, implementation and impact(s).


For funders and partners, gain skills to help you work with researchers for impact planning and reporting of the research you invest in.


For researchers, research trainees and funders, stay ahead of the global trend that favours the achievement of impact(s) from publicly funded research.

Contents and Overview

This course contains 32 lectures (1.5 hours of video content) and includes downloadable resources throughout. It’s designed for established researchers and researchers-in-training, as well as funders and other supporters of research such as industry and community partners who wish to maximize the potential of research to make a difference for society. It’s not for beginners, at a minimum you should know that knowledge translation is more than just communication of research findings (dissemination) it is also dependent upon ongoing engagement with stakeholders (integrated knowledge translation).


The course contains:

·         Video lectures and slides

·         Worksheets that help you apply the Co-Produced Pathway to your work

·         A quiz to check your overall understanding


Many frameworks for knowledge translation that have been published, however, most are limited in their utility.  The Co-Produced Pathway to Impact was borne out of a need for a practical framework; it encompasses the interrelated realms of research, knowledge translation and/or commercialization and can be used for both planning and evaluation. It has been adopted by several federally-funded organizations within Canada including the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program and individual NCEs such as Kids Brain Health Network, PREVNet and CellCAN.


Starting with a high-level overview of the Co-Produced Pathway to Impact (CPPI) framework, this course will take you through each stage of the framework from research through dissemination, uptake, implementation and impact with worksheets for planning and evaluation at each stage.


As the course progresses, you will get a closer and more detailed understanding of this multi-layered and practical framework.


In this course, you’ll learn the components of the CPPI and how to use it. You’ll learn how to plan and create indicators to evaluate your research and associated KT and commercialization project (or program) components in a way that sets you up to achieve impact using the logic model that underpins the CPPI.


You will learn the importance of ongoing stakeholder engagement throughout all stages from research to impact, and how setting up your project in response to end-user (‘target audience’ or ‘customer’) need(s) right from the start is key. You’ll also learn what stakeholder engagement can look like at each stage of the framework in terms of roles, levels of engagement (co-production being the deepest level of involvement), and types of contributions to (and benefits gained from) the project.


This course contains worksheets to help you write out your activities, outputs and outcomes, understand what they are and how they relate to each other.


You’ll also receive bonus material that reinforces the concepts you’ve learned, and gives you an additional level of detail about the topics covered in this course.


By the end of this course, you’ll have valuable skills that will help you plan your projects, centred around achieving and assessing short-, medium- and long-term impact(s). You will receive a certificate of completion upon finishing the course.


Who this course is for:

  • This course about how to achieve Research Impact is for Master's students, PhD students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Scientific Directors, government (and other) funders of research, and research partners who are not familiar with what research impact is or how to achieve it
  • This course is also for Knowledge Translation/Research Impact practitioners who assist researchers, graduate students and funders of research with KT planning and evaluation
  • This course can also be useful for individuals and organizations who wish to plan their programs and activities with existing research evidence, or who wish to partner with university-based researchers for conducting new research
  • This course is probably not for you if you are seeking individual support for creating a knowledge translation plan for your research project


Executive Director, Research & Innovation
David Phipps
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Hello, my name is David Phipps. I have a PhD in science and an MBA. I lead the research office at York University which includes our Knowledge Mobilization Unit. I am the Knowledge Translation Lead for Kids Brain Heath Network and I am the Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

Whatever you call it (KMb, KT, etc.), what I do is help researchers, students and their non-academic (community, government) research partners collaborate so they can maximize their health, economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits to society. In other words, I help research teams and their partners achieve impact. In some cases, the new knowledge that results from research projects is what makes a difference, but sometimes it is more concrete like a commercial product that is tested thoroughly before it is sold to solve a real societal problem.  I have expertise in both the application of new knowledge to benefit society, as well as the commercialization process for products that have been developed within the context of a research project.

My primary focus is on supporting impact by helping the researchers in our academic research environment to have the resources they need. Over 12 years our work has helped attract more than $60M in external research income for research projects that involve a community partner. The types of projects are diverse; within the faculties of health, social sciences, environmental sciences, with some humanities and engineering projects.

I am also very interested in the global conversation on impact. I have worked on impact with colleagues from the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and some in Europe and Africa. I have just been named the inaugural co-chair of the Engagement and Impact Working Group for the International Network of Research Management Societies working with 18 research management societies from around the world. There is a global conversation emerging on the impacts of research and how to achieve and evaluate them.  For me, it is fascinating to understand the differences in cultures and make connections among the similarities.

I work at a systems level. My passion is to help my institution and others to develop strategies (policies, practices, services) that ultimately help researchers and their partners plan for, conduct and assess research impact.

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