Researching Together

Third Sector Research Forum conference: Feb 1st 2018, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh


  1. Researching Together was the fourth Scottish Third Sector Research Forum (TSRF) conference, and followed on from previous events to explore third sector and academic research collaboration. This year's event was our largest so far with around 100 participants from third sector organisations and Scottish universities. The conference aimed to showcase the work of research partnerships, shine a light on what works well and unpack some of the challenges of collaborative working.
  2. The conference was opened by chair Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, CEO of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. After a warm welcome, Rebekah started us off with some online polling to identify our collective aspirations and contributions.
  3. Building on our shared aspirations, we put our ideas, experience and enthusiasm into action! Evaluation Support Scotland's Director Steven Marwick took us through the first session of the day with the challenge of collaborating to create a research poster!
  4. Above: the tasks involved in designing research from the Knowledge Translation Network Guide to Collaborating with Academics.
  5. Below: ingredients for coproduction as featured in the TSRF paper 'Evidencing genuine coproduction in the third sector' (from Dundee Association for Mental Health)
  6. You can access these two publications free by clicking the links in the post below (on the Evaluation Support Scotland website).
  7. Check out the TSRF infographic on communicating research
  8. A flavour of the creativity!
  9. Planning the messy processes of collaborative working took us up to the morning coffee break. After a refreshing cuppa it was straight into the morning parallel breakout sessions- presentations, roundtable discussions and workshops.