Research Effectiveness Awards

Submissions open from 4 May
to 18 September 2020

The Research Society Research Effectiveness Awards recognise research that makes a difference to business and social policy planning performance.

3 Categories

In 2020 there will be three categories in the Research Effectiveness Awards:

Consumer Insights Award | Public Policy/ Social Impact Award | Technology and Innovation Effectiveness Award

Consumer Insights Award

This Award will go to the best case study from a client/agency or in-house team partnership that demonstrates how research has led to an improved or new understanding of the consumer in a particular market.

The submission should show how the research has led to changing the client’s thinking and how this fresh understanding allowed for the development of communications or marketing activity in either the commercial or public sector.

The judges are looking for a clear demonstration of how this has led to improved client performance or approach.

Eligibility and benefits

The Awards will be open to all research organisations that have at least one current Research Society member. We welcome entries from everyone, from one person consultancies to major agencies.

Submission dates

Entries open 4th May 2020

Entries close 5pm 18th Sept 2020

Public Policy/ Social Impact Award

This Award will be given to the submission that best demonstrates the impact of research on decision-making within, and understanding of the issues relating to, the public policy or social arena.

The judges will be looking for sound case studies which show a strong connection between the research and the outcomes.

To win this Award your submission must show that research is based on sound technique and method and you will need to clearly demonstrate how the research has contributed to decision-making on the issues involved.

Eligibility and benefits

The Awards will be open to all research organisations that have at least one current Research Society member. We welcome entries from everyone, from one person consultancies to major agencies.

Submission dates

Entries open 4th May 2020

Entries close 5pm 18th Sept 2020

Technology and Innovation Effectiveness Award

This Award recognises new thinking in research methodologies. It will be given to a submission describing a new methodology which adds to the body of research knowledge and significantly contributes to the way research is thought about and carried out.

To qualify for consideration papers must demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • the introduction of a new technique
  • the stretching of an existing technique
  • the application of an established technique from another discipline to the research environment

The method/technique can be quantitative, qualitative or a mixture of both. The judges will be looking for papers that clearly demonstrate both the innovative nature of the work and demonstrable outcomes.

The Award aims to bring deserved prominence and greater recognition to those whose excellence in the application of technology is making an outstanding contribution to research effectiveness.

It will be given to the paper that best demonstrates outstanding innovation in the application of software or technology for research, insights and analytics which has directly achieved a demonstrable improvement in the effectiveness of research delivered. Entry for nomination is open to anyone developing or using technology in any of these areas of research.

Entry to the Award is open to any individual, group of individuals or companies that consider the technology he/she/they have developed meets the entry criteria. For the purpose of this award, technology will be considered as any computer software, hardware equipment or device that has either been developed or adapted specifically for research, insights and/or analytics.

Eligibility and benefits

The Awards will be open to all research organisations that have at least one current Research Society member. We welcome entries from everyone, from one person consultancies to larger agencies.

Submission dates

Entries open 4th May 2020

Entries close 5pm 18th Sept 2020

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