Focus on the impact of your research: The value of co-creation

Co-creation course

The impact (or ‘valorization’) of your research has become increasingly important in the academic world. Do you know who your stakeholders are? What are their gains and pains? How could you involve them in your research?

For impact, an open, active and creative process (‘co-creation’) is desired in which stakeholders are involved in the development, evaluation, dissemination and utilization process. This course will support you with creating awareness about the societal, business and scientific impact of your research work. You get to know more insight into the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of fostering the impact of your project by a co-creative research approach.

The training will be tailored to your own context and needs. You will learn how to effectively apply the principles of co-creation in your own research project. Opportunities for peer exchange, peer review and individual consultations enable you to make a start with your own ‘impact plan’ regarding the dissemination and utilization of your research.

The course has been developed within LIME, see

Cocreation course

Overview of topics and objectives

The course consists of the following topics and objectives:

1. Getting insight into the building blocks for impact and the meaning of a co-creative research approach in this regard.
2. Getting an overview of co-creation tools, and learning how to apply some of them in order to engage with the relevant stakeholders.
3. Learning to set up an impact plan.

1.1 Knowledge and insight

After completing this course, the student is conscious about the following issues that are associated with creating impact:
- Who are the stakeholders of my research?
- What are the pains and gains of the stakeholders?
- What is the value of my research to end-users and other key partners in order to relieve their pains or to create gains for them?
- What will be the ultimate goal of the project?
- How can we foster that the developed research outcomes will be used in practice?
- Which co-creation tools are useful to get answers to the above-mentioned questions and when/how do I want to apply them?

1.2 Application knowledge and insight

After completing the course, students are able to use different co-creation tools that will promote the active participation of stakeholders in the project.

1.3 Making judgements

After completing the course, the students are conscious about the steps they want to take towards scientific, societal and economic impact of their own research project.

Student profile

This course is intended for first years PhD students within CAPHRI who have recently started their PhD-trajectory. If there are places left, the course is also open for PhD-students from other Research Schools within FHML.

Teaching methods

- Face to face: Interactive lectures, workshops to get experiences with co-creation tools, peer exchange sessions, individual consultations.
- Online: Availability of the ‘co-creation impact compass’, a framework to think about impact, which includes practical instructions for different tools for co-creation.

Course content

The first 3-hours session will start with time for the participants to get to know each other and their research projects, and an introduction of co-creation as a way to actively engage stakeholders in an open, active and creative process. Furthermore, the co-creation impact compass will be introduced. Based on this compass, the trainer will facilitate a discussion about the ultimate goal of each project in terms of societal, economic and scientific impact. In session 1, we will also make a start with stakeholder mapping to get an overview of the relevant stakeholders in each project, and to get insights into their pains and gains. Together with the participants, we decide which questions need to be met, and what co-creation tools will be the focus of the second session. Potential questions are:
- What is the value of my research to end-users and other key partners in order to relieve their pains or to create gains for them?
- Which co-creation tools are useful to promote an active participation of the stakeholders, and when/how do I want to apply them?

During session 2, the students will become more familiar with the value of co-creation tools to involve stakeholders in the development of their research plan and/or intervention, and in the evaluation. The students will also learn how to set-up an impact plan. After a year, we will have a follow-up meeting to share experiences, to learn from each other and to further develop their impact plan. 


Dr. Anneke van Dijk – de Vries
Prof. Sandra Beurskens
Dr. Anita Stevens

Practical information

Course dates: 20 September 2023 10:00-13:00 CET and 25 October 2023 10:00-13:00 CET
Duration: Two 3-hour meetings and a follow-session (3 hours)
Where: CAPHRI, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
Course title: Focus on the impact of your research: the value of co-creation
Number of participants: 4-6 per group
Course leader: dr. Anneke van Dijk – de Vries
Registration: Please send an email to Anneke:

More information

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