Enabling higher education

Research for Action and Influence

An overview

The Research for Action and Influence Programme was launched in August 2013 with the intention of helping RMCOs evidence need in their community, understand the decision making process and use the newly generated evidence to effect change and build influence.

The programme has Level 3 accreditation from the London Region Open College Network (OCN).

It is a free course made up of 22 half-day sessions spread over 9 months, delivered by an experienced academic tutor plus lectures by high-caliber guest speakers.

Our aim is to help RMCO (Refugee and Migrant Community Organisation) representatives gain the skills and confidence to be able to research issues affecting their communities, including:

  • education, training and employment
  • welfare
  • social concerns

What does the programme involve?

Course Structure

The course is structured around a series of formal training sessions together with self-led personal projects and optional course outings.

The 22 sessions are split in 3 blocks:

  • [10 sessions] An accredited research course to enable RMCO’s to develop evidence based planning and research for influence
  • [8 sessions] Supporting groups to use their findings to influence decision makers
  • [4 sessions] Building presentation skills of course attendees 

Students will then make a presentation to disseminate the findings at the end of project conference.

There are also sessions that support participants to act upon their findings, explore what the results mean for their organisation and also to think about the wider implications. Encouraging them to advocate and influence at community, local, regional and national levels on the issues raised in their research.

Research Module

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the use of research methods
  2. Plan and carry out a research project
  3. Report on the investigation
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of research methodologies used in the investigation

Presentation Skills Module

  1. Understand the reasons for making formal presentations and the different types of formal presentation
  2. Reflect on past experiences at making a presentation as either a public speaker or as a member of an audience in order to identify what constitutes good practice
  3. Understand the key issues involved in the preparation of a presentation
  4. Understand the importance of using visual images in communication with an audience
  5. Demonstrate techniques for scripting a presentation
  6. Understand the health and safety requirements in using equipment for presentations
  7. Carry out and evaluate a formal presentation

Additional Support

We will be supporting students through a mentoring scheme, where each student is paired with an experienced researcher to help them shape their research and become more engaged.

The course is supported by an advisory panel with input from guest speakers.

The EOU director will play a strategic engagement role, giving voice to the issues and successes of RMCO’s to further the influence of policy and practice.

Want to sign up?

To apply or find out more contact Dr. Latefa Narriman Guemar at narriman@evelynoldfield.co.uk or call 0207 697 4104.

Programme Eligibility

This is a course for refugees and migrants only.

Applicants must be active in a refugee or migrant community organisation working in London (this can be paid or voluntary). English levels have to be sufficient to manage independent report writing.

Application and Selection

Applicants will be selected based on their likelihood to have most impact on their communities and commitment to the course.

Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requirements of participants

Learners will be required to write a research report demonstrating their acquired competencies and a number of shorter assignments for the presentation module. This will meet learning outcomes as set by Open College Network.