Research Impact Through Matchmaking (RITM): How and Why to Connect Researchers and Practitioners

Adam Seth Levine, research4impact.
11/30/18

Researchers and practitioners increasingly want to learn from each other and work together to solve complex problems. Yet because they often belong to very different social networks, matchmaking is valuable. This working paper by Adam Seth Levine of research4impact presents results from a novel, evidence-based approach to matchmaking called Research Impact Through Matchmaking (RITM). It leverages research on organizational diversity to initiate working relationships between strangers who are diverse in several ways. Levine describes the method and presents data from 37 initial matches between practitioners working at nonprofits and social scientists. Overall, these results are of interest to researchers and practitioners that (a) may wish to initiate connections across diverse spaces themselves and/or (b) are currently engaged in matchmaking and may find RITM valuable.

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