Assessing the Impacts of Engaged Research and Its Use: Evidence and Opportunities

Oct 1st, 2023 - Oct 6th, 2023
Skyland Resort, Shenandoah National Park, VA

This workshop is co-hosted in partnership with the Transforming Evidence Funders Network (TEFN) to identify opportunities to advance the evidence base about the behavioral and societal changes associated with research processes that engage people with lived experience and evidence users (i.e., engaged research). Among other activities, participants will be asked to help identify the actions funders could take to build out and improve the use of evidence – specifically, evidence about the impacts and outcomes of engaged research.

As engaged research becomes more commonplace, we need to learn from efforts across disparate contexts, compile these learnings into a cohesive evidence base, and improve use of this evidence to inform engaged research efforts. In this workshop, thought leaders from a diverse range of disciplines, issue areas (including healthcare, education, environment, and international development), geographies, and types of expertise will work together to identify existing bodies of scholarship, knowledge gaps, and action steps related to:

  • The quality, intensity, and longevity of engagement in the research process,
  • Research impact (e.g., use of evidence in decision-making),
  • Outcomes of interest (e.g., improved health or educational outcomes)


Annette Boaz

Transforming Evidence
starEvent Co-Chair

Fabienne Doucet

New York University Metro Center
Executive Director
starEvent Co-Chair

Ben Miyamoto

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Principal Associate
starEvent Co-Chair

Kripa Jagannathan

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Research Scientist
starEvent Co-Organizer

Laurenz Mahlanza-Langer

South Africa Centre for Evidence (SACE)
Executive Director
starEvent Co-Organizer

Darren Ranco

University of Maine
Coordinator of Native American Research
starEvent Co-Organizer

Rajesh Tandon

Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)
Founder President
starEvent Co-Organizer


Veredas Institute
Director of Projects and Institutional Relations
University of California, Irvine
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Executive Director
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
Assistant Professor
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Project Director
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori)
Program Officer, Science of Engagement
NERRS Science Collaborative, University of Michigan
Collaborative Research Manager
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (pcori)
Director, Public and Patient Engagement
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Senior Strategic Knowledge Translation Officer
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Program Associate
Government of South Africa
Director of Research
William T. Grant Foundation
Senior Vice President
University of Colorado, Boulder
Associate Research Professor
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Officer
Northwestern University
New York University School of Global Public Health
Professor/Vice Dean for Research
The Open University, UK
Professor of Engaged Research
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Program Director
Western University Canada
University of British Columbia
University of Ibagué
Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
University of Michigan
PhD student
Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results, Anglophone Africa
Senior Evaluator Technical Specialist
University of Arizona
Associate Research Professor
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professor of the Practice
University of California, Davis
Executive Director
The Center for Rapid Evidence (ACRES) Synthesis
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)
Manager of Research and Evaluation
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)
University of British Columbia
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
University Sains Malaysia (USM)
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Social Scientist
The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)
Senior Lecturer
Health Research BC
Director, Knowledge Translation
Penn State University
Associate Research Professor; Director of the Research Translation Platform
United States Department of Human Health and Service, Administration for Children and Families
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research and Evaluation

The attendee list and participant profiles are regularly updated. For information on participant affiliation at the time of workshop, please refer to the historical roster. If you are aware of updates needed to participant or workshop records, please notify AGCI’s workshops team.