CONVERGE Workshop Series | Getting started with impact evaluation

Mon 15 November 2021, 10:00



This event was full - A shorter repeat event (with no limit on attendee numbers) will take place on Thursday 10 March 2022 (9-11:30pm CET).

Who is it for

This workshop is primarily designed to provide impact evaluation skills to those undertaking case studies as part of the ELIXIR-funded Strategic Implementation Study on Impact (including through ELIXIR-CONVERGE WP4) - their participation will hence be prioritised so that they can progress their case study.

Learning will be facilitated by impact evaluators from our partner EFIS - see their article on this very topic!


  • Gain new knowledge and skills related to impact evaluation, through hands-on learning, complemented with knowledge-exchange.
  • Refine the case study ideas (or 'impact challenges'), which will be taken forwards under Work Package 2 of the Strategic Implementation Study on Impact.

Outputs and related events

Outputs from this event will be made available through the ELIXIR Intranet (requires login).

This event is part of the CONVERGE WP4 Workshop Series: Innovation, impact & communication - previous events were about Stakeholder mapping and landscape analysisOutreach to funders and policy-makers, and Communications, and one upcoming event will be about Organising impactful hybrid conferences.

Agenda (final)

Time CET Item
10:00 Welcome, housekeeping, introduction to the event
10:30 Presentation of impact pathways method
10:50 Group exercise, followed by a plenary discussion
11:30 Break (20 min)
11:50 Presentation on indicators, monitoring and measurement
12:10 Group exercise, followed by a plenary discussion
12:50 Briefing on stages in the impact assessment process
13:00 Group exercise on key takeaways
13:20 Questions & answers session (optional, last 30 min)
14:00 Event ends

Topics for the breakout groups

 Topic title Topic description Main ELIXIR Impact area
Skills & capacity-building Setting-up and running a MOOC as part of a EU-funded project Human capital, skills development, e.g. better skills for users and resource providers
Service provision Developing and operating a bioinformatics service (e.g. database, software, etc) Research efficiency, e.g. faster, easier, more integrated
Cloud investment Investing in storage/compute for infrastructures operators to accelerate the creation of data assets (e.g. reference genomes) for others to use in their research Research efficiency, e.g. faster, easier, more integrated
Cooperation Establishing and running an industry engagement programme Relationship capital, e.g. benefits of working together, facilitated knowledge-sharing & cooperation

What we expect from participants

  Those taking part in the Impact SIS (incl. through ELIXIR-CONVERGE WP4) Other participants
Before the event    
Think about possible Node-specific case study ideas, to be taken forward during the rest of the project required optional
Undertake the pre-event Mural training (details will be shared in due course) required required

During the event


Engage in participatory/active learning (e.g. group exercises)

required required

After the event

Refine your case study idea, based on what you have learned required optional
Fill in the post-event survey required required


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