There have been a number of sector engagement activities undertaken by the Foundation since the beginning of the year. These activities have provide grantees, and grant-seekers the opportunity to engage more closely with the Foundation, understand our funding objectives, learn more effective evaluation practices and develop skills that can assist them to disseminate their outcomes.
In February, the Foundation ran a series of four workshops for grantees focused on useful communications tools and resources – infographics, data visualization, Google Analytics – to assist them in disseminating news and outcomes of their grants.
The final workshop in this series, Pitch & Present, included an hour where grantees practised pitching a project to program managers from the Foundation and five other invited Foundations in a ‘speed dating’ format. These program managers then provided feedback to the grantees on the content, format and style of their presentations. Grantee response to the Dissemination Workshops was extremely positive, and we plan to run the series again in early 2018.
New Grantee Welcome Workshops
In early May, we held a Welcome Workshop for new grantees in Melbourne and will be doing the same for new grantees based in Sydney and Perth in the coming weeks.
Medical Research Forum
Throughout 2017, the Foundation is also continuing its series of program-specific forums. In February, a Medical Research Forum was held in Sydney and attended by Foundation Governor Professor Graeme Ryan, past and present grantees and Foundation staff.
The Forum was designed to assist participants, and Foundation staff, in learning about the practical details of measuring outcomes of cutting-edge translational research in Australia, covering topics such as human clinical trials, measurement frameworks and cost-effectiveness.
Participant feedback indicated the Forum was highly successful for all participants. Of particular value were the whole-group discussions, hearing about the Framework to Assist the Impact from Translational Health research (FAIT) and the opportunity to network.
On April 27, we invited past grantees and guest speakers from various Arts funding bodies to a Forum to discuss the need for better arts evaluation capacity and how to support this through professional development. Louise Arkles and Dr Squirrel Main reflect on the success of the Foundation’s first Art Forum.
An Introduction to The Ian Potter Foundation – Brisbane
On Tuesday 9 May, we held an information session in Brisbane for QLD-based grant-seekers. The forum provided general information on the Foundation and its funding principles and included sessions on our key program areas.
The forum was an opportunity for potential grant-seekers to gain insight into our assessment processes, pick up 'top tips' for writing a winning grant application, and learn about our project evaluation framework. Those unable to attend were able to participate in the first session of the morning via a webinar. You can watch a recording of the introduction session and download slides from the Information Forum here.