How I helped to identify the stakeholders of the Mindful Student Study

A blog by Maris Vainre CLAHRC EoE Impact Officer

Researchers themselves rarely implement the findings of their work; the stakeholders do that. Understanding who can help make use of the results is paramount to having a variety of different impacts. This is how we identified who could make use of the results and experience from the Mindful Student Study.

The idea for the study came from Géraldine Dufour, the Head of the University Counselling Service, and Alice Benton, Head of Educational and Student Policy at the University of Cambridge. Therefore, the first stakeholders were obvious – the University of Cambridge and its counselling service.

Who else? To figure that out, I invited Dr Julieta Galante, the lead of the study, to identify the impact goals of the project. We listed several goals. For example, having the findings from the study considered when designing services for students; having a contribution to the discussion on university students’ mental health promotion.

We then pinpointed who could help us achieve each of the goals. Students’ services can be improved with the support from wellbeing services in universities, students, wellbeing officers, tutors, etc. The media, on the other hand, could help with the discussion on mental health of students. This gave us a good initial list to which we can keep on building. There are a couple of things to keep in mind:
• Although organisations and groups can be our stakeholders, we need to communicate with people so finding the key contact person is important.
• There are stakeholders we did not identify ourselves but the study’s social media presence has helped to discover people who are interested in the results.

Maris Vainre is the Impact Officer working in CLAHRC EoE in the area Children and Young People’s Mental Health and is happy to help you to identify stakeholders of your research. She has previously written about different kinds of impacts research can have.

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