Making a difference

Our work aims to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of people and communities right across the North East and North Cumbria.

We particularly want our work to have a real impact on the lives and life chances of those who need it the most.

Putting research into practice

Our applied research is focussed on solving specific health and social care issues and finding solutions that can be put into practice, quickly.

Our Implementation Strategy sets out how we will carry out applied research that responds to the health and care needs of people in the North East and North Cumbria. It also describes how we will translate the research evidence we develop, so it can be used in the real world to make a difference and impact.

Planning for impact – advice for researchers

Our research impact is the demonstrable contribution that our work makes to society – to individuals, communities, organisations, nations and the economy.

Engaging with research users and identifying potential impacts from the outset will help you to plan processes by which your research may directly or indirectly catalyse change. Planning includes considering the kinds of impact you are hoping to achieve; that is, what might change, for whom, to what extent, and when.

The NIHR have produced a comprehensive toolkit which can help you to plan for impact at the start of a research project – which will help you to outline how you will engage with research users to deliver impact from your research.

Find out more and access the toolkit