May 2016

Academic impact on public policy and practice

SUII is currently working with a number of partners from academia, policy and practice to develop a new programme on impact. The primary objective of the project is to improve the contribution that SUII type knowledge exchange projects can make to increasing the impact of academic work on policy and practice, and associated outcomes. It is anticipated that the outputs of the project will include a web-based compendium of lessons, ideas and recommendations for increasing the effectiveness of knowledge exchange and hence the impact of associated research.

An initial workshop will be held at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on 10th June to share ideas and draw out common lessons.


Impact Survey

As part of our impact programme we'd like to hear from policymakers, practitioners, academics and others who have been involved in SUII programmes about what worked well, any changes that came about as a result of the project and what you most valued about taking part. Please tell us about your experience via the survey below. Your responses will help us to develop some general guidelines and recommendations for others seeking to influence policy and practice.

Follow on funding...

Further support is now available to participants of programmes previously funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute to develop programme results and outcomes, with a view to maximising impact on policy or practice.

The programme offers an opportunity to build on successful SUII programmes by supporting a range of follow up activities including wider and deeper dissemination of insights or the trialling of policy and practice innovations.

Current projects are on:

  • developing a web-based data archive and directory of child care services and records
  • achieving sustainable growth in Credit Unions through the development of payroll deduction systems
  • increasing the reach and usefulness of online resources dedicated to addressing the challenges of living with dementia

Read more about them here:

Programme News

Eight programmes were funded under the last open call in June 2015. Project topics range from Food Security, to Accountable Policing, to BSL in schools. See what the teams have been up to and check for future events on our website.

The Digital Families programme looks at the influence of digital technologies on everyday life. They asked members of the public what the Digital World means to them. See what they had to say in the short video below. A full length version featuring interviews and analysis from key programme participants is available on our website

Digital Families

Cultures of Innovation

The SUII call for proposals in autumn 2015 focused on the theme of Fostering Cultures of Innovation – one of the strands in Scotland’s Economic Strategy published in March 2015. Applicants were asked to address one or all of the following questions:

  • What are the main features of vibrant and effective innovation systems and cultures, which combine both creativity and practical implementation?

  • How best can these features be stimulated and developed?

  • What are the most effective ways of assessing progress in developing cultures of innovation?

  • What are the implications for policy makers and practitioners (in the public, private and third sectors), who are trying to foster a culture of innovation and be more innovative themselves?

Details of the successful projects as well as upcoming events can be found on our website:

Impact programme KE workshop

Friday, June 10th, 10am-2:30pm

11 Mitchell Lane

This workshop is aimed at participants from previous SUII programmes as well as other parties interested in exploring how knowledge exchange projects of this type can help contribute to public policy and practice. The event is part of a wider programme we are running on impact. Further details can be found on our website:

The event is taking place at the Conference Suite, Level 3, the Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow. Lunch will be provided.


Scottish Universities Insight Institute

The Scottish Universities Insight Institute supports programmes of knowledge exchange which address and provide insight on substantial issues that face Scotland and the wider world.

Our partner universities are: Dundee, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, and Associate Member Glasgow School of Art.