Published: Monday 3 July 2017

The Stroke Association is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), which is the national membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities in the UK.

Published today, the AMRC's 'Making a Difference: Impact Report 2017' highlights how the research of its member charities has:

  • generated new knowledge
  • translated research ideas into new products and services
  • created evidence that will influence policy or other stakeholders
  • stimulated further research via new funding or partnerships
  • developed the human capacity to do research.

It can take many years to translate a research idea into a new drug or treatment that can help patients. AMRC members have used an online tool called Researchfish to capture information about the outputs of the research they fund in order to better assess, and predict the difference it makes.

Stroke Association Case Study: EVA Park

We were delighted to share an example of our research impact in the EVA Park project.

EVA Park is an online virtual island designed to help people with aphasia practice their conversation skills and enhance their social connectedness. It was co-designed by a team led by Professor Jane Marshall and people with aphasia.

EVA Park was presented at numerous scientific conferences, published in the journal Plos One, and covered in multiple features in the mainstream media. It also received a prestigious TechforGood 2015 People’s Award and leveraged £224,000 in further funding. The team aims to develop EVA Park into a mainstream therapy resource widely available for people with aphasia.

The full case study can be found in chapter three of the report, 'Translating research ideas into products and services'.

Read the report

The 'Making a difference: Research impact 2017' report is available online at the AMRC website.

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