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UKCDS and partners are working with funders, researchers and practitioners to encourage and enable a greater focus on getting research into use.
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RoundUp: Research Uptake
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Science needs to start speaking to people's everyday lives in Africa

Science needs to start speaking to people's everyday lives in Africa | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
There is broad acknowledgement that the way science is taught and practised in Africa is not socially inclusive.
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Guidelines and good practices for evidence-informed policy-making in a government department

Guidelines and good practices for evidence-informed policy-making in a government department | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Approaches to evidence-informed policy-making must be flexible and pay equal attention to the quality of the processes through which evidence is sourced and used, as well as the quality of the evidence itself. However, there are often common concerns, within and across government departments – for example, using the full range of high-quality evidence that is available, using budgets efficiently, building relationships and ensuring wide participation, and anticipating future evidence needs.
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African scientists must step out and speak up if they want to add value

African scientists must step out and speak up if they want to add value | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Africa's complex and seemingly insurmountable social and economic problems are a golden opportunity to demonstrate the value that research can bring. Scientists need to rise to the challenge.
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Research collaboration between universities and industry: Five practical principles to make it work.

Research collaboration between universities and industry: Five practical principles to make it work. | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Increasingly, academics and practitioners in the UK are urged to work together in collaborative research. Ana Isabel Canhoto and Sarah Quinton discuss how social features, material characteristics,…
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So you want to change policy? Six steps for academics looking to achieve policy change

So you want to change policy? Six steps for academics looking to achieve policy change | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
The inevitable chaos and unpredictability of politics makes trying to achieve policy change a real challenge. But that doesn’t mean academics should just give up. Drawing from policy analysis…
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Lessons learned from making data visualisation

Lessons learned from making data visualisation | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
This report builds on our experiences of producing data visualisations and in data journalism, and brings together the lessons we have learned with insights from the broader sector of research communications.
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Form close bond between policy makers and implementers

Form close bond between policy makers and implementers | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
The Minister was addressing a day’s policy implementation symposium in Accra on the theme: “Policy Implementation in Ghana: A case of the Science, Technology
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How should academics interact with policy makers? Lessons on building a long-term advocacy strategy.

How should academics interact with policy makers? Lessons on building a long-term advocacy strategy. | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
What can academics learn from how civil society organisations and NGOs approach policy impact? Julia Himmrich argues that academics have a lot to gain from embracing the practices of long-term advo…
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When we say evidence – what do we mean? • Research to Action

When we say evidence – what do we mean? • Research to Action | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Physical activity policies need to be evidence informed, but what is actually behind the term evidence and how does it inform? During the las
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Welcome - mesh

Welcome - mesh | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
MESH is a collaborative open-access web space for people involved in community engagement with health research in low and middle income countries (LMICs). It provides an online meeting place where community engagement practitioners, researchers, health workers and others can network, share resources and discuss best practice.
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How universities can boost research uptake

How universities can boost research uptake | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
African institutions can learn from the University of Mauritius’s push to make science visible, says Romeela Mohee.
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How to report scientific findings

How to report scientific findings | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Journalists may find scientific research dense and complex, so it can be a daunting challenge to base a story on an original research paper.
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Why do university-managed blogs matter? On the importance of public, open and networked digital infrastructure.

Why do university-managed blogs matter? On the importance of public, open and networked digital infrastructure. | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Academic blogging is increasingly valued by academics and institutions as a worthwhile activity. But universities are still struggling to provide the right balance of infrastructure and services to…
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Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making

Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Efforts to improve the use of evidence in government policy-making across the world have tended to focus on different groups and organisations. But while a good deal of work has been done to improve the supply of evidence from entities such as research centres and academia, less attention has been paid to improving demand for, and use of, evidence by government policy-makers.
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Uptake Strategy Archives • Research to Action

Uptake Strategy Archives • Research to Action | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
An Uptake Strategy is a planning tool that will help you to meet your goals and objectives. It should complement your project strategy, and use the objectives and indicators that you identified in your logframe or theory of change. It is not a dissemination checklist. The key elements of your uptake strategy are similar to any other strategy: What do you want to accomplish (objective)? Who do you need to communicate with in order to achieve those objectives (audience)? What do you want that audience to do (or know, etc.)? What do they do/know now (your baseline)? How will you measure your progress (indicators)? What resources do you have or need? Once you agree those basics, you can choose the tools that you can use, and tailor your information for each audience, starting with those who are most able to make happen the change that you seek.
Have a look below at some of the key resources available on R2A. There are a great many guides and toolkits for creating uptake (or communications) strategies. Choose the elements that are most appropriate for your project, and that are within your ability to use given your resources. Large projects or programmes should have a team of communications professionals – if you work on a smaller project that cannot afford communications staff then consider hiring someone to help you with your strategy. At very least seek out other DFID research projects that work in a similar area to your project and look at their strategies and interim and annual reports. Contact the projects and see if their communications staff are willing to help you learn, so that you can benefit from existing experience and networks. Your research staff will also be vital to members of your uptake team.
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Investing in science can help put food on Africa's plates

Investing in science can help put food on Africa's plates | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Economic growth alone won't end hunger. Good policies and programmes are needed, too. Scientists and researchers have a role to play in these initiatives.
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Science communication is on the rise – and that's good for democracy

Science communication is on the rise – and that's good for democracy | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Science communication has grown in leaps and bounds over the past 60 years. It plays a crucial role in democratising science and making it less mysterious.
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How good are you at research uptake? New tool helps assess capacity. • Research to Action

How good are you at research uptake? New tool helps assess capacity. • Research to Action | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Whose capacity? Developing capacity of decision makers and knowledge brokers to use and demand research has been recognised as strategy to support research uptake
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Lessons learned from hosting policy dialogues with government assemblies in Ghana • Research to Action

Lessons learned from hosting policy dialogues with government assemblies in Ghana • Research to Action | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Over the last year, the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) has organised a series of policy dialogues on the use of research-evidenc
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DRUSSA Members Attend Workshop on Research Communication - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

DRUSSA Members Attend Workshop on Research Communication - Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Members of Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have held a workshop on research uptake communication. The workshop was to equip members of the team with research uptake communication skills.
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Dialogue over dissemination: Unlocking the potential of knowledge exchange through creative collaboration.

Dialogue over dissemination: Unlocking the potential of knowledge exchange through creative collaboration. | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Knowledge exchange and impact activities often have to negotiate, incorporate and synthesise different kinds of expertise. Mona Sloane looks at how the Configuring Light Roundtables have sought to …
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SciDev.Net and UNESCO partner-up on profiling success stories of Africa’s science

SciDev.Net and UNESCO partner-up on profiling success stories of Africa’s science | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
A new book profiles a range of success examples where Africa’s research has been harnessed for the benefit of its population: creating jobs, opportunities and better livelihoods.



Africa’s Minds: Build a Better Future is a collection of 11 African science, technology and innovation (ST&I) success stories from across the continent and in a range of sectors.



The book will be launched at UNESCO Africa Week in Paris today, in both English and French, and will be made available through the SciDev.Net website, both as a pdf and as individual online stories. It was produced by SciDev.Net in association with UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), with funding support from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).



The stories are written by African reporters based in Africa, and contain interviews with project leaders as well as local people affected by those projects. The topics range from education, health and agriculture to capacity building and innovation.



Nick Perkins, director of SciDev.Net, said: “It is important to show that Africa is building its capacity to produce scientific evidence and technological innovation for two reasons. First, because science and technology are behind all of the great successes in global development and we know that poverty and vulnerability still affect a large number of people in the continent. Secondly, and at least as importantly, African countries know they must move away from commodity-based economies to excel in the twenty-first century and this booklet is full of promising stories of such transformation.”



UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova said: “Scientific knowledge and new forms of innovation have the power to transform how we live and improve our daily lives. This booklet aims to share how creative men and women in Africa are working to design sustainable and inclusive solutions to issues such as food security, disease control and environmental sustainability.”



Ahmad Mohamed Ali, president of the IDB, said: “This brochure, prepared in collaboration with UNESCO, showcases success stories that highlight the African-led scientific and technological solutions to the continent’s various problems. All the stories provide empirical evidence on how ST&I can ensure success and sustainability in Africa’s development process while sensitivity toward social and cultural diversity is kept in view.”



For more information, for media, please contact: news@scidev.net






 


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The science of using research: why it starts with the policymaker

The science of using research: why it starts with the policymaker | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
Researchers and policymakers need to talk to each other. If they don't, important research will merely gather dust and policies might do more harm than good.
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Academics need to embrace new ways of writing and sharing research

Academics need to embrace new ways of writing and sharing research | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
There are many exciting new publishing opportunities opening up for academics who want to take their work beyond traditional spaces like journals.
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Putting young African researchers at the heart of change • Research to Action

Putting young African researchers at the heart of change • Research to Action | RoundUp: Research Uptake | Scoop.it
The field of international development is increasingly concerned with achieving social and economic change through the use of evidence and evidence-based policy. This require
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