Event 1: 11 July 2019

The first RIVAL event will be held on Thursday 11th July 2019 in the Horizon Suite at Edinburgh Napier University’s Sighthill campus

  • Registration is free to Scotland-based members of the library and information science practitioner and research communities.
  • Funding is available to subsidise delegate travel and accommodation costs associated with participation at this event. Details on how to claim costs will be mailed to delegates upon registration.
  • It is anticipated that many of those who attend this event will sign up as members of the RIVAL network and commit to participating in all of the other three RIVAL events on 11 November 2019, 19 March 2020, and 9 July 2020.
10:00‑10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:00‑10:45 IntroductionProfessor Hazel Hall (Edinburgh Napier University)
10:45‑11:30 Keynote: ‘Getting research into action: issues, challenges, solutions’ Dr Sarah Morton (Matter of Focus).

Sarah Morton has worked across research, policy and practice for most of her career, and will draw on examples from different settings encountered over this time in her presentation. She is keen to interrogate our learning about effective evidence use from the last 20 years, and review how this can be supported from research and practice perspectives. She will present a vision for the effective use of evidence of all kinds to plan, develop and improve policy, practice, and services. As part of this she will explain some of the ways that she is currently developing tools and support for effective evidence use.

11:30‑12:00 Ice-breaker: an opportunity to meet others interested in membership of the RIVAL network
12:00‑12:30 Unconference half-hour introduction: group activity chaired by members of the RIVAL project board 
12:30‑13:15 Lunch
13:15‑13:45 Unconference half-hour delivery: short presentations in plenary following on from the morning’s group activity
13:45‑14:15 SpeakerLouise Graham, Edinburgh Libraries
14:15‑15:00 Ambitions for the RIVAL network: round table discussions chaired by members of the RIVAL project board on the development of the RIVAL network and its anticipated value
15:00‑15:15 Tea
15:15‑16:00 Review of round table discussions plenary: presentation by Professor Hazel Hall followed by panel discussion
16:00‑16:15 Closing remarks and close

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