Ketso: Creative Engagement and Participatory Planning

Impact: Societal impacts


Ketso is a social business, selling and renting a hands-on kit for creative engagement that provides table-top tools to record and display ideas, enhancing group productivity and creativity. Ketso is the only documented spin-off company from ESRC funded research, which was conducted at the University of Manchester (UoM). Ketso has been taken up by over 50% of UK universities, is used in 27 countries and boasts over 300 unique customers. Ketso has demonstrated clear social and economic impacts in: community/environmental planning, health/wellbeing, enterprise development and pedagogy. Ketso works at scales from the very local to national, allowing the synthesis of multiple voices in a process of knowledge co-production. Practitioners recognise that its use in data gathering enhances the impact of research, engagement and change management.
Impact date2014
Category of impactSocietal impacts
Impact levelBenefit