Real Impact Awards

Read the inspirational stories of our Real Impact Award 2019 winners and finalists and the commitment they have to making a significant difference to our communities, societies, cities and world at large.

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Meet the 2019 winners

Knowledge Translation Team
Melbourne Children's Centre for Community Child Health, Australia

Winners of Driving the Impact Agenda

Sue West

Sue West

Ken Knight

Ken Knight

Vikki Leone

Vikki Leone

Melanie Barwick

Melanie Barwick

What made this team worthy winners:

  • They established the Melbourne Children’s Knowledge Translation and Research Impact Project, an ongoing programme of organisational change.
  • Their commitment to impact is based on collaboration, mutual trust and a shared goal to improve child health.
  • They help parents and decision-makers understand and apply the best evidence to promote children’s health and development.
  • They are transforming the way research is conducted and applied in practice.
  • They are creating a culture that values, rewards and embeds research impact.

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“A very well articulated case showing a clear and well thought through methodology designed to achieve a range of quality impacts. The project has clearly delivered a wide range of clear and meaningful outcomes for Melbourne.”

The Judging Panel

“This is a really comprehensive impact story that stands out in a variety of ways. It shows really meaningful work in bridging the gap between research and practice and working to embed change through a variety of different mechanisms.”

The Judging Panel

Professor Natalia Kucirkova,
University of Stavanger, Norway and University College London, UK

Winner of Developing a Focus on Lifecycle Approaches to Impact

Natalia Kucirkova

Natalia Kucirkova

What made Professor Kucirkova a worthy winner:

  • Professor Kucirkova is dedicated to the development of educational resources that impact children’s lives.
  • Her commitment to impact resulted in an app that helps children to author their own digital books.
  • She is one of 17 influential thought leaders at the intersection of child development and technology.
  • Her focus on impact has directed her to involve stakeholders at all stages of the research cycle.
  • She founded the UKLA Children's Digital Book Award which has raised awareness of key quality indicators in children’s digital reading and influenced teachers’ attitudes about children’s reading on screen.

Read the full story here

Dr Hannah Bows,
Durham University, UK

Winner of the Mobilising Research into Action

Hannah Bows

Dr Hannah Bows

What made Professor Bows a worthy winner:

  • Dr Hannah Bows is driven by an ambition to close the loop between research and practice.
  • She produced the first (and currently only) national data on elderly homicide and sexual offences against older women.
  • She has brought attention to the issue of sexual violence against older women and improved victim support.
  • Her work has helped to increase the number of older people accessing support services
  • Her research has influenced policy, improved support services, and raised awareness about sexual violence against older women.

Read the full story here

“An impressive entry that clearly showcased the significant impact the research has had outside of the academy, including influencing policy change.”

The Judging Panel

Real Impact Awards Showcase

All 2019 finalists and winners are featured in the Real Impact Awards Showcase book. This includes a case study, telling the story of impact commitment, written by Emerald Editors.

You can read the 2019 showcase book here.

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Real Impact Awards 2020

Entries to the Real Impact Awards 2020 will open again in April 2020. To register your interest, please submit your details below.

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