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Research Uptake Guidelines

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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