Improving impact through third sector and academic interactions – new report

Carnegie UK Trust has launched its new report: InterAction: How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice? It details how the third sector and academics can work together to influence policy and practice written by Carnegie Fellow, Professor Mark Shucksmith OBE.

Professor Shucksmith’s report is a response to findings from our earlier research Evidence Exchange (2013) which identified that academic research was the most highly trusted source of evidence, but also the least used by the third sector.

This new report explores the different approaches of both sectors to knowledge and evidence. Importantly, it recognises the role of both universities and third sector organisations as producers of knowledge and acknowledges the role of both as social actors seeking to make a valuable impact to public policy and practice.

The obstacles and challenges to collaboration between the two sectors are investigated within the report alongside case studies highlighting examples of successful interactions. The report also makes a number of recommendations to those in the third sector, academia and the research funding councils as to how more positive collaboration can be encouraged and nurtured in the future.