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There is no doubt that economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa has been stellar in recent years, illustrated by GDP growth expected to be
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Data hub to promote global South's research nears launch SciDev.Net Several research institutes are preparing to launch a prototype open-access 'warehouse' of digital data to help increase the online accessibility of development research coming...
"Research-intensive African universities can play an important role in contributing to the evidence base to address Africa's development challenges. In rising to meet these challenges through quality research, they are providing African solutions to African problems and stimulating local demand for better, stronger and more contextualised evidence."
This paper, (@catherinecronin Changing Research Communication Practices & Open Scholarship: A Framework for Analysis”, is at http://t.co/ZZoxpq7B6R)...
The On Think Tanks Exchange is a new initiative that aims to encourage and support exchanges between think tanks for the purpose of developing new relationships, facilitating collaboration in resea...
Researchers mustn’t assume that the ‘comms people’ will do all the communicating... Scientists need to have their voices heard beyond the walls of academic institutions — so communication, not just research, should be part of their work. "
Anyone under the impression that universities are the dominant suppliers to government of commissioned research, advice, and knowledge, think again. Open data on government spending shows the relat...
"African universities are gradually introducing new mechanisms to encourage the uptake of research by key stakeholders..."
"new specialism in research management - research uptake management (RUM). RUM is a term that will be recognizable to SRA members as ‘knowledge translation,’ ‘knowledge mobilization,’ or ‘knowledge exchange,’ and in universities it encompasses research areas ranging from research to influence policy, to research that directly engages with and benefits local communities."
New technologies can enhance the work of development groups from grassroots to global, but with this new potential comes the responsibility to understand the risks Technology has huge potential to be used for social good.
How should you measure poverty? It is a question that has generated enormous controversy in India.
[…] better research; or they may want them to improve their communications and impact. Or change their research agenda. Or all of the above and a lot more.
CREST's Prof Johann Mouton.
This study by DRUSSA partner CREST found that R&D in Africa is mostly located in universities, science councils, public research institutes and some NGOs.
"In Part 1 (March 2014) I focused on the knowledge sources that South African winemakers said they most frequently interact with." "... as regular exposure to external knowledge sources contributes to the expansion and refinement of a winemaker’s internal knowledge store."
‘Universities do not deliver social services or create products, but their partners may (e.g. community organisations, NGOs, businesses and industries). Therefore, you need to think carefully about your target audiences and who your partners should be in order to reach these audiences." -David Phipps (York University, Canada)
It's not all about the learner: a sociomaterial account of student digital literacy practices Lesley Gourlay & Martin Oliver Networked Learning Conferenc...
RT @vaqarahmed: #Research & impact http://t.co/lTjflUkDLK @Meetasengupta #innovation #education #social @muhzeshan @onthinktanks @odi_deve…
A project helping 23 African universities increase the uptake of their research by policymakers is making good progress.
In this second post on the think tanks' Summit, Peter da Costa reflects on Prof. Achille Mbembe's presentation at a recent African think tanks summit and poses an important question: can knowledge ...
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. The high-profile launch of Na...
"A positive consequence of having knowledge is that it creates the capacity to absorb even more knowledge. Eventually one ends up with an ever-expanding pool of knowledge, suitable for the execution of various tasks."
Do not ask an academic what he or she has to offer to society. (In fact, do not ask ANYONE this question [SMH]). Instead, ask them about what they know, what they love, and what they do; perhaps even why they do it....
The New Brainstorming
finding is that a hybrid model of independent brainstormers works better...One continuous Colabria refinement for hybrid brainstorming is to pursue conversation not discussion.This is called Authentic Knowledge Management (KM).
"...was the sheer difficulty of bridging the gap between complexity thinkers in academia and busy aid activists, whether in government or NGOs. One contributor talked of a ‘valley of death’ that separates pure science from ‘operationalisation’ – using the new ideas to actually do stuff."
A twenty-four (24) member implementation team of the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has attended a workshop. The workshop which was organised by the University was on the theme: “making an impact through research: the way forward for KNUST”.