Event 1: 11 July 2019

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

10:00‑10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:30‑10:45 IntroductionProfessor Hazel Hall (Edinburgh Napier University)

[Slides available on Slideshare]  [video]

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.

[Slides available on Slideshare] [video]

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 Presentation: ‘Scotland’s school library strategy: advocacy and impact’ Martina McChrystal, Chair of the National School Library Strategy Advisory Group

Vibrant libraries, thriving schools: a national strategy for school libraries in Scotland 2018-2023 is Scotland’s school library strategy. By showcasing the impact an excellent school library service can deliver, the strategy is intended to be used to influence decision-making in respect of  school library provision. Martina will speak about her involvement in the development of the strategy as Chair of the National School Library Strategy Advisory Group, the strategy’s role in advocacy, and its anticipated impact.

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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

[presentation slides available on Slideshare] [video of presentation] [video of panel discussion]

16:00‑16:15 Closing remarks and close

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