Research and Impact Group

CIfA Council approved the formation of a Special Interest Group for Research and Impact, and the inaugural AGM was held on 10 December 2012.


The latest RIG AGM was held on Friday 12 February 2016.

The new committee was elected and will be ratified at the next Annual General Meeting as the meeting was not quorate. The committee is without a Treasurer so if you are interested in joining the Committee to fulfil that role please contact anna.welch [at]

Group aims

The group is concerned with the nature of archaeological research and its dissemination, and in the impact that archaeological research has in wider social and economic spheres. The group aims to contribute to the promotion of archaeology beyond professional spheres, and would encourage collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists.

Functions and remit of the group

  • Promotion of archaeological research to a wider professional/ non professional audience

  • Dissemination of key concepts relating to impact of archaeological research and the historic environment

  • Identification of key archaeological research and methodologies which demonstrate and facilitate impact

  • Development of engagement strategy for academic/ professional archaeologists

  • Creation of collaborative networks between professional, academic and community led archaeologists

  • Provision of a news and information regarding research funding and project opportunities

  • A contact point for researchers in archaeology wishing to learn more about CIfA

Join the Group

Membership is free to CIfA members (£10 for non-members).
To join, please contact the CIfA office at

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David Petts (Chair)

Colin Forrestal (Secretary)

VACANT (Treasurer)

Daniel Miles

James Albone

Andy Howard

Natasha Powers

Rebecca Nicholson


More events coming soon! The new Committee are planning some new events so watch this space for more details.

Previous events

  • Collaborating for better research day conference

The day aimed to draw together a variety of experiences of working on some of the most exciting current collaborative projects and discussed how to maximise the outputs and impact of such projects.
For abstracts and recordings of the presentations from the speakers please click here

Impact survey - Closed

Following on from feedback given during 'Impact Week' and at the IfA conference, the Research and Impact Special Interest Group re-issued a short and slightly revised survey on impact.

We had just over 50 responses last time and this time we are specifically targeting a number of groups and organisations to try and gather answers from the widest possible audience.

We will be keeping the results of this revised survey separate to the first and feedback from the results will follow shortly.

Business plan

Business plan 2014-2016

AGM Minutes

10 December 2012

Committee Minutes

27 March 2013


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