Enhance your impact with trustworthy and diverse insights.

Our summaries allow change-makers to find and use important academic research without the usual hassle.

2 million

Academic papers are published every year

75%

Of all social science research is never cited or used

50%

Of cited social science papers are made by USA and UK academics – power imbalances stifle diverse representation

2 hours

The average time it takes to read one academic paper

Our mission

Academic knowledge is a trustworthy, diverse and creative resource produced to assist people and planet. 

Thus we want to make academic knowledge from around the world accessible and useable for every change-maker, to help them make a greater impact. 

We support the movement to democratise, diversify, and decolonise academic research.

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What we do

We turn academic research into short impact summaries, so non-academics can easily find, learn and apply insights to improve their work.

Our impact summaries are short, simplify complex language, and focus only on what matters for professionals: findings, evidence and what it means for moving forward. 

We help academics have their research seen, and we help professionals find insights to enhance their work.

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Open access

We faced some challenges trying to work out how to fund such an initiative. 

Actionable Insights

Summaries are made for the professional to use. Making them quick, easy, actionable

Use experts

Need to make a policy or project better? We connect expert advisors to meet your needs.

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Diverse ideas

A global community, where you can find ideas and people from around the world

How our platform works

1.

Academics add summary

After making a free account, academics create practical summaries 

2.

Insights shared

Summaries are added to the database and available to be discovered

3.

Use insights for impact

Quickly find diverse findings and evidence to improve your work

Know more in less time

Have your research seen

Find evidence to back your work

Learn new perspectives

Grow your network

Be inspired, think bigger

Deliver more impact

Services

Our database of summaries is completely open-access. It is free for academics to contribute, and free for practitioners to access and use.

It is an open resource, developed to deliver societal value. To help change-makers be more effective.

This is because Acume was started to change academia and empower individuals with diverse knowledge. We wanted to make insights accessible to everyone, no matter an organisation’s resources or academics access to finance. And we wanted different groups of academics and knowledge represented across the platform. 

We do not impose paywalls, charge contribution costs, or use ads. Instead Acume is funded by a model which benefits everyone.

We connect experts to need and take a small commission for doing so.

Academics on our platform can discreetly become paid experts, and we hire out our experts to organisations who need help. Helping the academic make an additional income, and helping the organisation avoid wasting resources, costly mistakes and expensive consultancy fees.

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Meet the team

About

Yasmine Finbow

Founder

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Shane Nolan

Tech Lead

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Bela Ashworth

Interviewer

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Eva van der Pol

Interviewer

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Bruna Pellegrino

Interviewer

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Belén Martínez González

Interviewer

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Caroline Rohr

Interviewer

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Noemi Suter

Social Media

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Emma Spieler

Interviewer

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Smaranda Bob

Interviewer

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Meliha Verlasevic

Interviewer

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Sem Jans

Interviewer

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Tyree Vasconcellos

Interviewer

Our advisors

About

Ali Aljasem

Researcher

Utrecht University

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Martin Haselhoff

Manager Products & Strategy

KPN

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Arunn Jegan

Advocacy Coordinator

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

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Curtis Raynold

Former Secretary

UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

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Mark Siebert

Co-Founder

DataUnion

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Peter Matanle

Senior Lecturer, School of East Asian Studies

University of Sheffield

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Gina Dumfries

Advisor on Strategic Growth

StrateG

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Liesbeth Rigter

Leadership Consultant

Soul.com

Our values

Learn

Be curious, open-minded, experiment, learn from different perspectives

Empower

Listen, be inclusive,  embrace diversity. Make knowledge accessible to all.

Trust

Be objective,  honest and make decisions based on evidence

Think big

Imagine, rethink, and contribute to a better world that serves people and planet

Thank you to everyone who has given their time to make Acume happen.

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Peter Emerson

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Margaux Baril

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Lina Lou

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Kirsti Sletten

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Jess Littman

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Jack Wilkinson

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Jasmyn Spanswick

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Esther Feeken

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Ben Levett

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Arianne Zajac

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Angelines Yaport-Garcia

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Antoine Germain

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