Research uptake includes all the activities that facilitate and contribute to the use of research evidence by policy-makers, practitioners and other development actors. Research uptake strategies should encompass stakeholder engagement, capacity building, communication and monitoring and evaluation.
Research uptake activities aim to:
- Support the supply of research by ensuring research questions are relevant through engagement with potential users; communicating research effectively; and synthesising and repackaging research for different audiences. Activities in this area typically start with a focus on a particular research project or body of research and consider how it can be communicated.
- Support the usage of research by building capacity and commitment of research users to access, evaluate, synthesise and use research evidence. Activities in this area typically start with a focus on a particular decision or decision-making process and consider how it can be informed by a range of research evidence.
Categories of Research Uptake Strategies
A. Dissemination (message)
“Conventional” research communication i.e. research outputs are circulated or presented in a more or less tailored form to different audiences
- Publication of research findings in journals/ bulletins/summaries/briefing reports/newsletters
- Oral presentations of research findings in seminars/ conferences both attending conferences organised by others and hosting own conference
- Alternative presentation of research findings using alternative formats like videos/audio tapes/poster presentations/communications events
- Dedicated research programme / organisation website
- Mass media presentations of research findings via newspapers/radio/TV.
- Working with / contributing to communication intermediaries who translate or re-package research outputs for particular intermediary communication user groups e.g. journalists, research communication programmes
- Research product dissemination on a limited scale and/or to intermediaries e.g. disseminating prototypes of technologies for large scale production and distribution, disseminating limited amounts of breeders‟ seed to NARS / private sector
- Research access improving access to research findings through:
- circulation of research, intra-organisational distribution of research by individuals or by information services
- encouraging discussion of research via journal clubs/e-mail discussion groups
- online database access/repository and/or conducting searches for individuals
- open access systems to publish and retrieve research
- Research-based guidance including preparing and providing guidance for practitioners and policy makers based on research findings e.g. policy briefs, good practice guides, toolkits, literature reviews, research synthesis and systematic reviews