What is the impact of our research?

Our research is varied and shows impact in the following key areas:

  • Injury Prevention: Road safety (Karen Pfeffer) and Prevention of Dog bites(Kerstin Meints)
  • Conservation biology and eco-tourism (Bino Majolo, Sandra Molesti)
  • Motor development in teaching sports and dance in schools (Kirsty Miller, Gayathri Ganapathy)
  • Early word learning. Via standardisation of UK CDI, this vocabulary assessment tool will be usable for NHS / UK speech therapists & free online database will be available from 2015). (Kerstin Meints, Katherine Alcock, Caroline Rowland)
  • Early autism screening tools via language / cognition testing with eye-tracker (Lesley Allinson, Kerstin Meints, Victoria Brelsford, Janine Just)
  • Surrogate decision-making (Fenja Ziegler)


Who are we linked to?

Examples of  non-academic organisations connected to our research:

Injury Prevention / Road safety

  • WHO
    • Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership
  • Prevention of dog bites
    • WHO (via Ray Butcher)
    • Belgian and Dutch government
    • Blue Dog Trust
    • Veterinary associations in 17 countries
    • Dog trainers & puppy classes (national and international), etc.
  • Conservation biology and eco-tourism
    • Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation (a Dutch ONG)
    • Moroccan Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et â la Lutte Contre La Désertification
  • Language Development
    • Private sector: Publishers of standardised language assessment instruments, pre-school educators in privately-run day nurseries and preschools.
    • Third sector:    Community and voluntary groups, e.g. National Childbirth Trust, baby and toddler groups, parents and caregivers participating in the project.
    • Media outlets:  Print and broadcast media, publications and websites targeted at parents.
  • Public sector:   Policymakers in Health and Education, health professionals, including health visitors, speech and language therapists and GPs, pre-school education specialists in nurseries / Children’s Centres.

Human-Animal Interaction

  1. Intervention recipients: Tested populations will benefit from our injury prevention programme teaching children dog signalling and gain knowledge on safe behaviour with dogs. All study participants and, if benefits occur, future users of intervention.
  2. Practitioners: for example, in paediatrics, geriatrics and injury prevention; and others in the veterinary and animal behaviour practice and animal welfare.
  3. Public sector: Policymakers and professionals (e.g. in health, education, social care); the general public.
  4. Private sector: Animal-assistance providers, dog trainers.
  5. Third sector: Community, voluntary groups, charities for users with and without special needs of all ages; parent and carer groups.
  6. Media outlets: Print and broadcast media, publications and websites targeted at parties interested in AAI.

Atypical development

  1. Intervention recipients: earlier intervention to support youngsters with Autism and their families. Early learning/intervention materials.
  2. Practitioners: educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, Early Years practitioners.
  3. Public sector: Pre-school settings, Sure Start Centres
  4. Private Sector; Privately run nursery settings, Diagnostic Development, Producers of learning materials.
  5. Third sector: Community and Voluntary groups: Autism and ADHD parent support groups (e.g. PAACT), respite care for disabled children (e.g. Kids Creche),
  6. Media Outlets: Print and broadcast media, publications, websites targeted at parents, support groups and practitioners.
  7. Surrogate Decision-making: Charities for older people


What do we do?

Examples of research impact, public engagement and free tools:

Research Impact

  • Policy change in educational and government health policies
  • Change in health and quality of life by creating an effective safety training
  • Improvement of public awareness and understanding
  • Changed educational and veterinary practice
  • Change in services in veterinarian and dog trainer education
  • Animal welfare benefits

Public engagement

  • Organisation and participation in 2011 & 2012 Summer Scientist Week, Lincoln
  • Lab open days
  • Public talks, e.g. LincolnAcademy.
  • Participation in public events (e.g. showcasing bite prevention research at International Injury Prevention conference Safety 2010; invited presentations at ISAZ 2012) view report
  • Engagement with major national and international print and broadcast media) (e.g. New Scientist, BBC, Sky News, BBC Wildlife; Partner Hund; regular print and broadcast media appearances view report
  • Educational and entertaining project websites to engage with the wider public  and to disseminate results, get people involved and inform and educate, e.g. Blue Dog website; upcoming UK-CDI website on vocabulary development; Barbary Macaque website
  • Disseminating results via Newsletters, keeping contact with parents, Sure Start Centres, nurseries, schools and NHS staff to let them get involved in research, disseminate our results to them and inform and educate on the research topics
  • Memberships in committees, school governance, steering groups

Free tools for public usage

  • Phone app development to help monitor children’s word learning (ESRC grant)
  • Developing user-friendly learning DVDs, software programmes and safety apps (lino t ESRC webpage and to Blue Dog webpage)
  • Online questionnaire tool development to help monitor children’s word learning (ESRC grant) (Link to ESRC webpage)