LARIA Research Impact Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce that the competition for this year’s LARIA Research Impact Awards 2021 is now open. With data analysis and research becoming so high profile over the last year, these awards aim to showcase the impact it has had at a local level. We welcome entries for one of five categories, and they can be related to the COVID-19 response or to the ongoing work that local authorities continued alongside this:

A: Best use of local area research – sponsored by LGA

To win this award the successful entrant will show how their research has led to a greater understanding of a local area or community or an issue that is locally important, and has led to evidence-based decision-making.

B: Best use of data – sponsored by CACI

To win this award the successful entrant will show how they have successfully used data to aid understanding of a local area, community or issue that has led to evidence-based decision-making within at least one public sector body. Data for the purposes of this award is defined as the use of big data, open data, business intelligence and statistical analysis

In addition to the trophy, for Category B the winning authority will receive a free 12-month subscription from CACI to one of the following CACI datasets: (a) Acorn or (b) Household Acorn or (c) Wellbeing Acorn or (d) Paycheck or (e) Paycheck Disposable Income. Terms and conditions would apply.

C: Best use of data or research in a district council – NEW FOR 2021
This award is targeted at district authorities, which often have fewer resources for research and data analysis than other types of council. To win this award the successful entrant will show how they have successfully used research or data to aid understanding of a local area, community or issue, and how that led to evidence-based decision-making.

D: Most engaging communication of local area research or analysis
To win this award the successful entrant will show how they have successfully communicated local area research or data analysis to aid understanding of a local area, community or issue. The audience for this communication could include senior decision-makers, staff, the media and the public.

E: New researcher/analyst of the year
This award is given to a researcher or analyst with under five years of experience in a research field who has made an impact. This could be a person of any age, and could be based on a particular project they have led, an innovation they have pioneered or a particularly strong skill set.

More information about all these categories, giving the detail of what we’re looking for, can be found here on the application form. This also contains the rules of entry. Please note, any entries which were sent last year before the awards were cancelled will also be considered alongside this year’s entries.

How to apply

  • Download this Word document onto your computer and save your application directly onto this form.
  • Please use one form per entry
  • Please return to admin@laria.org.uk by 4pm Friday 7 May 2021.

The shortlist will be published by mid May, and the winners will be announced at a special LARIA webinar at the end of May.

We look forward to hearing from you and good luck!

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