User partners and activities
Interaction with organisations interested in questions related to the impact of research is a central part of OSIRIS. Instead of having a specific user group, we have opted to include such organisations in all aspects of the work in the centre.
The Research Council of Norway and the Ministry of Education and Research are the two main user partners of OSIRIS. They are represented in the centre board, and 10 per cent of the research council funding of OSIRIS is set aside for collaborative projects with these two organisations. The collaborative projects are oriented at seminars, training, policy briefs and similar activities.
Additional funding partners
OSIRIS will carry out surveys, case studies and other investigations into how research is put into use in different types of settings. Some organisations may want to see more comprehensive studies of research impact within their organisations, facilitated by co-funding a PhD or postdoc position in OSIRIS. So far we have two partners in this category. The University of Oslo is interested in particular investigations of some of their research group, as well as joint discussion and training related to how universities can deal with facilitating impact and responding to external demands about this. The Work and Welfare Directorate (NAV) funds a significant amount of research related to, for example, how various groups in society enter the labour market. It is challenging to put this research into use in the many operational units of NAV, which is a topic to be pursued further in collaboration with OSIRIS.
Longitudinal case studies are an essential part of the empirical work in OSIRIS. This approach demands a close relationship between researchers and case units, which we therefore will define as case partners. In exchange for us getting access to documents, interviewees and more, we will make specific events and documents such as research in action workshops, preliminary case descriptions and tailored presentations. We have made a number of presentations to relevant case partners, and we will list them here once we formally select which cases to pursue (first cases will be selected autumn 2017).
As seen in other parts of this web site, we strive to reach a broad audience interested in impact of research through participation in policy-oriented seminars, an active Twitter feed, early stage working paper versions of publications, joint PhD positions with external organisations (by June 2017 we have two) and more. We will organise PhD courses/younger researcher training programmes where the whole or parts of the programme will be open to practitioners. The first is a course on research, innovation and impact to be organised in November 2017.