HASS Research Impact (Two-part workshop series): Designing your Research for Social Impact

Are you working on a research project that has potential social, economic, cultural or environmental benefits? Need help communicating this value to potential funders, beneficiaries, partners and other stakeholders? The workshop, facilitated by Cindy Reese Mitchell of Mill House Ventures, aims to help HASS researchers design their research for social impact.

This workshop aims to:

  • Define social impact and why it’s relevant in the HASS research landscape
  • Provide tools to design your research around increasing social impact
  • Identify traditional and non-traditional funding avenues for your ‘social good’ research
  • Provide an overview of social enterprises, and how they differ from ‘for profit’ ventures

As part of the session, Cindy will also be working through a number of ‘live coaching’ cases using research projects of those present. If you would like to be considered for one of these limited ‘live coaching’ opportunities, please indicate your interest at time of registration. Cindy will also kindly be offering free follow-up consultations for workshop participants.

This workshop is the first in a two-part series to help researchers from the humanities, arts and social sciences to achieve better impact and outcomes from their research. You may also be interested in the session on 8th October on “Expanding Opportunities through Stakeholder Engagement”.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Who should attend

This workshop is strictly for ANU researchers + support staff from the humanities, arts and social sciences. This workshop is free to attend but spaces are strictly limited - please register via Eventbrite to secure you space.

About the facilitator: Cindy Reese Mitchell

Cindy is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Mill House Ventures, the Canberra region's first dedicated social enterprise business development consultancy. She previously worked as a venture capital investment manager and in senior management roles at large corporate organisations in Australia and the United States. She has also worked as a Policy Advisor and Senior Analyst in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Assistant Director in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

An experienced facilitator, trainer, and networker, Cindy excels in connecting people and ideas to solve complex problems. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of a social enterprise support program for new social enterprises and aspiring social entrepreneurs in Canberra and the surrounding region. Cindy was the Founder and CEO of No Sweat Fashions, a not for profit social enterprise designed to create training, employment and work experience opportunities for migrant and refugees settling in Canberra.

She is a passionate advocate for civil society and the social enterprise and social impact investment movements globally. When Cindy is not crusading on behalf of social enterprise and teaching for-purpose professionals the ‘dark arts’ of capitalism, she is probably writing. She has recently received first-class honours for her thesis: #BlackMoneyMatters: Conceptualising African-American Entrepreneurship at a Resistance to Racial Hegemony in America. She is planning further study on the impact of race and gender in the development of hybrid businesses.


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