Science needs to start speaking to people's everyday lives in Africa
There is broad acknowledgement that the way science is taught and practised in Africa is not socially inclusive.
Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making
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 bee...
Guidelines and good practices for evidence-informed policy-making in a government department
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 – fo...
Uptake Strategy Archives • Research to Action
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 upt...
African scientists must step out and speak up if they want to add value
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.
Investing in science can help put food on Africa's plates
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.
Research collaboration between universities and industry: Five practical principles to make it work.
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,…
Science communication is on the rise – and that's good for democracy
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.
So you want to change policy? Six steps for academics looking to achieve policy change
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…
How good are you at research uptake? New tool helps assess capacity. • Research to Action
Whose capacity? Developing capacity of decision makers and knowledge brokers to use and demand research has been recognised as strategy to support research uptake