Methods and Activities for Supporting KEI

Examples of outputs, activities and methods to get you thinking.

These should always be planned with your beneficiaries (partners, collaborators, users or audiences) in mind. For more advice read the KEI Guide or get in touch with us.


Dissemination activities might include:

  • Conferences (with at least some non‑academic delegates)
  • Events, talks, debates or workshops
  • Media appearance/ coverage
  • Media consultancy
  • Media production
  • Production of (or contribution to) project website within or beyond LSE
  • Use of online or social media e.g. writing blog posts or tweeting about research

Engagement activities for non-academic partners and collaborators might include:

  • Collaborative organisation of event(s)
  • Contribution to exhibition(s)
  • Development of joint funding proposals
  • Editorial role for non‑academic publications
  • Participation in a research collaboration, network or consortium
  • Secondments, placements and visits into or out of LSE

Engagement activities for broader public audiences might include:

  • Creation of a research community – helps engage (non‑academic) participants with research
  • Involvement or employment of local people in research projects
  • Joint academia‑industry appointments
  • Joint publications with non‑academic partners
  • Non‑academic input to research (e.g. by steering group or external evaluators)
  • Publication in practitioner journals

Engagement activities for specialist audiences might include:

  • Commissioned research
  • Consultancy (paid or unpaid)
  • Demonstration of prototype or new material(s)
  • Formal or informal networking and discussion
  • Membership of expert group(s)
  • Production of policy papers, guidance
  • Production of reports
  • Talks, workshops and other events for specialist audiences
  • Transfer of skilled people (including e.g. student placements in external organisations)
  • Production of mediated and/or bespoke outputs

Activities to change attitudes, awareness or understanding might include:

  • Collaborative, participatory or action research methodology which engages subjects / participants with research and its findings; may offer immediate access to benefits as result
  • Mentoring
  • Outreach / widening participation activity
  • Provision of CPD or other training
  • Provision of publically‑available online information or engagement resources
  • Sustained engagement with a community or group
  • Provision of teaching or teaching materials for audiences outside LSE

Activities to change policy or guidelines might include:

  • Contribution to curriculum design
  • Contribution to or provision of evidence (e.g. to select committees)
  • Formal advisory role
  • Provision of data to inform development of new or modified guidelines

Activities to change practice, performance or outcomes might include:

  • Artistic collaboration
  • (Contribution to) set up of new service
  • (Contribution to) set up of spin outs, including social enterprises
  • Invited provision of expert advice to inform practice
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
  • Licensing and patenting
  • Practice– or design‑based research (e.g. design of buildings, spaces; production of art or music)
  • Production of prototypes, tool kits, beta software etc. for use beyond academia
  • Proof of Concept projects
  • Provision of new materials or products based on research
  • Provision of new methodologies, frameworks or techniques for use beyond academia
  • Research fed directly into clinical practice (e.g. via clinical trialling)