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22 November 2017
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Towards an insightful understanding the RU Landscape: The DRUSSA Case Studies series

Case studies have been produced from the DRUSSA- sponsored MPhil graduates’ dissertations and from research undertaken by the DRUSSA programme team. All of the case studies provide current insights into different aspects of Research Uptake in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Research Uptake Success Stories: a common thread

Critical to Research Uptake success, and one of the focus areas of the DRUSSA Programme, are the institutional support mechanisms that are available to provide support to individual research projects. These include policies and strategies that guide Research Uptake; support structures such as the Research office, Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Management Offices that identity research for uptake and manage stakeholders; and Communications and media offices that provide additional technical support in terms of writing skills, online accessibility of publications, events management and design. As a result of these support structures, Research Uptake activities have been strengthened.

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University of Botswana Research Uptake

DRUSSA.net interviewed Letshwiti Tutwane, a social commentator and university lecturer who attended the Research Communication workshop held in Johannesburg in April about the University of Botswana's Research Uptake activities. Research Uptake is very much part of the University’s core objectives.  One of its strategic objectives is to enhance the impact of research through community engagement, contribution to policy, public engagement days and open days amongst others.

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Research Uptake and Fighting Malaria in Nigeria

As part of the RUC2016 Campaign the University of Calabar’ Research Uptake Communicators wrote, edited and uploaded on their Research Uptake page a  plain language article that highlights how research on malaria treatment informed government policy, but where the consequent changes in policy highlighted additional challenges.

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Getting to know research uptake and how it has influenced my research and career

Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato, Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Ugandareflects on how, through the DRUSSA Programme, in her own work as well as more broadly at the university, Research Uptake has come to the fore.

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Stakeholder Engagement at CPUT

At the recent Benchmarking Conference Prof Shaun Pather presented a paper on Stakeholder Engagement, providing both the context for stakeholder engagement at CPUT, as well as good practices in Stakeholder Engagement to facilitate Research Uptake.

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Developing Posters as a tool for Public Engagement: KNUST

At the DRUSSA Benchmarking Conference in Mauritius delegates voted for the best "Demonstrator Research Project" poster. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)  won the prize for the best presented poster and Miss Irene Sekyiwaa-Siaw from KNUST takes us through the process of developing their award winning poster. 

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Behind The Scenes: Producing A Research Uptake Communication Poster

Posters such as the Demonstrator Research Poster on “Sustainable Integrated Pond Based Aquaculture with Rice and Poultry Production” are a good way of communicating and disseminating research efforts, findings, outputs and uptake. The objective(s) of the poster must therefore be well defined with the target audience in mind. This usually informs the style of the poster presentation. Prof. Oyeronke A. Odunola from the University of Ibadan tells us how they developed their award winning poster.

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African Research and Innovation Management Associations (RIMAs) plans for the Professionalisation of Research Management

A National Research Foundation (SA) study of research management based on scholarly evidence, case studies and a review of institutional performance indicators concludes that research managers are enablers of research. And in a presentation at the recent Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) conference, Garry Asalayan of the World Health Organisation – Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR)  commented that from research and aid granting funders’ perspective, the role of research managers is recognized as a necessary cross-cutting activity that positively affects the results, outcomes and value for money.

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University of the Free State: Directorate of Research on Research Uptake

altaltAt the Research Communication workshop held recently in Johannesburg, DRUSSA.net caught up with Mandy Jampies from the University of the Free State’s Directorate of Research where she heads the Postdoctoral Students Unit. She spoke to us about Research Uptake at the university. 

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University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor talks about Research Uptake

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As the DRUSSA Programme draws to a close some of our Research Uptake Communicators met up with their Vice Chancellors, to chat about how Research Uptake capacity has been incorporated at their universities. In this blog Adeola Funmilayo Oladeji interviews the University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Abel Olayinka. He discusses the framework for Research Uptake at the university and concludes that “as the DRUSSA programme is coming to an end, we need to look at challenges and things that we have not been able to do well and continue in order to sustain the programme”.


(Adeola Funmilayo Oladeji interviews the University of Ibadan Vice Chancellor)


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If I can do it you can: A challenge to busy academics

altaltWith limited budgets and big ideas the realities of Research Uptake can often be an uphill battle for a media liaison officer. At Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) the battle has gotten a little easier over the last year thanks to a collaboration with a new platform called The Conversation Africa (TCA).  Lauren Kansley discusses TCA and the opportunity it provides to bridge the divide between academics and journalists by making research more understandable and widely published on media platforms.

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Talking about Research Uptake at Kenyatta University

Sweeney Violet Tindi, administrator in the Division of Research Innovation and Outreach (RIO) at Kenyatta University (KU), and one of the University’s Research Uptake Communicators interviews the Registrar, Prof. Vincent Onywera, to talk about Research Uptake at the university, focussing on the role of RIO and the institutional mechanisms that have been put in place at KU to support Research Uptake.

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Research Uptake Action Plan: Cementing Research Uptake Efforts at the University of Ghana

altaltTo address the Research Uptake capacity gap, the University of Ghana has developed a five year action plan which sets the strategic tone and direction for the uptake and utilisation of research findings from the university. John Anoku, the universities Research Development Officer, takes us through key aspects of the plan which is currently in draft form.

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Appointment of DRUSSA Sponsored CREST Graduate to the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST)

Heather Ndlovu, who graduated from the DRUSSA sponsored CREST MPhil programme, and lectures in Records and Archives Management at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe, has now been appointed part-time to support Research Uptake and spends 40% of her time working on research dissemination in the RIO office. She chatted to DRUSSA.net about what her work entails.

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Understanding the context for Research Uptake in Zambia

At the recent Research Communications workshop held in Johannesburg early in April 2016, we caught up with Felicitas Moyo, who is a University of Zambia DRUSSA team member, and who is currently conducting research about research impact in Zambia, as part of her DRUSSA sponsored studies at CREST. She spoke to us briefly about her research topic as well as Research Uptake activities at the university.

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Research Uptake Activities at Moi University: Disseminating Research Findings

At the Research Communication workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa recently, DRUSSA.net caught up with Silvia Matum and Luke Kibitok to talk about Research Uptake (RU) and dissemination activities at Moi University, as well as current and future training in RU for researchers.

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Legon 18 Chilli Pepper: An example of Research Uptake and Utilisation from the University of Ghana

Since its inception in 1961, the University of Ghana’s Department of Crop Science has made great strides in supporting the development of agriculture and the food industry in Ghana. It has developed many new crop varieties, including pepper (Legon 18), garden eggs (Legon 1), cowpea (Legon prolific) and sweet potato (Freema) which are widely used by farmers in Ghana. The legon 18 pepper variety is a great example of the success of the Department in promoting Research Uptake.

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Communication Strategy to Strengthen Uptake of Research and Innovation

The premise behind the Makerere University Research and Innovations Communication Strategy was the realisation that there was a missing link in the various ‘research policies’ at Makerere University. The policies did not clearly stipulate the linkages between knowledge production and knowledge use. The RIC Strategy sets out the framework for systematically communicating and disseminating Makerere’s robust research output so as to enhance its uptake by various end users. 

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Key Research Uptake activities and successes at Obafemi Awolowo University Nigeria

The success of the DRUSSA Programme at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) has been collective efforts of the DRUSSA Leaders and Champions, as well as the Research Uptake (RU) administrators. Their work has led to the sensitisation of the principal officers of OAU, the establishment of Faculty Research Uptake administrators and the deepening of RU practices within the institution. A presentation at the 2015 WARIMA Conference Prof Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo, Deputy Director of Linkages and Sponsored Research and currently DRUSSA Champion, outlined the key RU activities as well as successes at OAU. Prof Abiodun Adediran and Prof Kehinde Taiwo were the initial DRUSSA Leader and Champion, with Prof Olubukola Olakunbi Ojo joining in 2014.  Dr. I.A. Oke and Dr A. G. Akintomide are the science communicators who have been training Faculty Representatives and Mr S. O. Adewoye the university webmaster.These key RU persons are supported by faculty and departmental representatives nominated by the Deans and the Heads of Department respectively.

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5 500 people attended the Research Output Marketing Exhibition (ROME) at Addis Ababa University

To promote the practice of disseminating research outputs to government and commercial entities and to the wider public the University of Addis Ababa College of Natural Sciences (CNS) organized a two-day Research Output Marketing Exhibition (ROME) in 2015. The main purpose of the event was to promote Research Uptake by showcasing research findings where the potential for these to be converted into marketable commodities and/or services is being investigated. The event was also intended to promote the research prowess of the College and initiate and strengthen the ties between the College and the industrial and agricultural sectors.

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Kenyatta University has an established culture of Research Uptake

Kenyatta University continues to  build a strong and dynamic research culture that enriches academic experience, creates new knowledge across disciplines, and helps improve the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the country, region and beyond. Research continues to be an important catalyst for development and with the country’s effort geared towards middle income economy, the University recognizes that creation, adaption and use of knowledge are among the critical factors necessary for rapid economic growth and development. 

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Mauritius Higher Education Institutions and Research Uptake: Research Responses to Development Priorities

One element of the DRUSSA programme’s Research Uptake approach is to foster university higher education policy dialogue. The University of Mauritius organized a symposium on 27th November 2015 entitled, “Mauritius Higher Education Institutions and Research Uptake: Research Responses to Development Priorities”. 

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Food Security, Economic Empowerment, Improved Livelihoods – all rolled up in the Kenyan Indigenous Chicken Value Chain

Innovative research with robust recommendations for development is taking place in DRUSSA Universities – if you have any doubt take a look through the various Research Uptake Communications Campaigns run by DRUSSA in 2013, and  2014/15. Another example comes from Kenyatta University, as Violet Tindi explains,  where recommendations have been made for enhancement of productivity in rearing chickens, an important form of food security in Kenya.

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Institutional and Divisional Performance Contracts incorporate Research Uptake at the University of Nairobi

Research Uptake at the University of Nairobi takes many forms and is required by the university as well as many funders, including government. In the past Research Uptake has been un-coordinated but for the past four years the university has put in place policies and systems to mainstream and manage Research Uptake. In a chat with DRUSSA.net Rosemary Omwandho, who is the Assistant Registrar in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) at the University, outlines what has been done.

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Performance Contracts include Research Uptake at the University of Rwanda

In 2013 the University of Rwanda (UR) was established, merging all seven public Universities and shortly after 3 Nursing Schools and 2 Teacher training colleges were added. The aim of the merger was to rationalise resources for increased efficiency and quality. It's research strategy reveals that it is a research intensive university with a vision to conduct excellent research that is locally relevant and internationally recognized. The UR is organized into 6 colleges each formed by a cluster of similar disciplines and is spread over 14 campuses. Despite the upheaval of the merger Research Uptake initiatives, which began in collaboration with the DRUSSA Programme in 2012, the university has continued apace and performance indicators for Research Uptake have been included in institutional and individuals’ contracts. Prof Verdiana Masanja chatted to DRUSSA.net about these indicators.

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Research and Innovation Managers vote for the establishment of an East African Research and Innovation Management Association

Following the successful conference and inaugural Annual General Meeting of the newly registered Eastern African Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA), hosted by the Ugandan chapter in Kampala, Uganda, in late August, the first elected committee mandated the President, Professor Eli Katunguka-Rwakishaya to initiate the formal recognition of EARIMA by  ‘sister’ associations.

At the annual Society of Research Administrators International (SRAInternational) meeting in Las Vegas, USA, in October Prof Katunguka Rwakishaya signed an MOU with the SRA International  President, Dr John Westensee and CEO Dr Elliot Kulakowski.

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A New Dynamism for Research at University of Buea: Promotion of Research Collaboration and Research Uptake

The University of Buea’s mission for research is to conduct research for sustainable development to provide scientific evidence and evidence-based practices that enhance the quality of life of Cameroonians. Both fundamental and applied research is done to address issues of relevance to industry, the local, national and global communities. Sama Awa-Mengi Levai outlines the University’s approach to Research and its promotion of Research Uptake.

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Research contributes to increased Yam production in West Africa

The University of Ibadan’s vision is “to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs” and part of its mission is to contribute to the transformation of society through creativity and innovation. The research conducted at the university plays an important role in achieving its vision and mission and, given the importance of agriculture in achieving food security, research on food crops is important.

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Building a Research Evidence culture for Public Policy Management in Uganda

The DRUSSA programme has been working with academic institutions and government departments in Ghana and Uganda in order to link the supply and demand side of Research Uptake. This is being done through Symposia, Executive Education courses and a Fellowship scheme that places academics in government departments, allowing in-house government access to research expertise.

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Media interest is key in Research Uptake success: showcasing Innovation

Engaging with print, electronic and digital public and technical media is an important part of university Research Uptake – journalists can play an important role in linking universities with their stakeholders, including industry, policy influencers and the general public. CPUT’s recent Innovation Showcase event shows how successfully engaging with the media can bring big rewards.

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Mbarara University of Science and Technology’s Approach to integrating Research Uptake into Institutional Infrastructures

The Faculty of Medicine at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) was established in October 1989. It is the largest Faculty in the university and currently has 23 departments and 1200 students. The faculty has a strong community oriented research focus and is the first faculty at the university to set up an Office of Research Administration (ORA). This move feeds into the overall university research strategy that recommends establishing similar offices in each faculty and institute as research administration and uptake management is integrated into university structures, including the planned Centralized Institutional Research Innovations and Management Office (CIRIMO).

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RUC2013 to RUC2015: Why have we always taken a team approach?

Reflecting on guiding and coaching the participants in the annual Research Uptake Communication exercise have experienced, Louise McCann chats about how the RUC experience has always been about individuals acquiring and practicing skills in a real-world, team oriented work environment.

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Research Uptake at the University of Zambia

DRUSSA Universities are making great progress in institutionalising Research Uptake and supporting faculties in their Research Uptake activities. But within universities the needs of different faculties can be very different, as emerged in an interview with Mazuba Muchindu and Halwindi Hikabasa, lecturers and DRUSSA short course attendees from the University of Zambia.

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Community Uptake of Research Addresses Food Security in the Eastern Cape

Barbara Manning interviews Prof. Pearson Mnkeni of the Department of Agronomy and lead researcher in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security Research Niche Area (RNA) at the University of Fort Hare and discusses the importance of Research Uptake. According to Prof. Pearson  “Making research as accessible as possible will increase the uptake of that research and its usefulness to society as a whole. This is the underlying objective behind holding such events as Open Days for farmers. Sharing results and research findings with the small-scale farmers in the Tyhume valley surrounding Fort Hare is an excellent way of doing this."

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Strengthening Research Uptake at Makerere University

In an interview Susan Mbabazi, Assistant Registrar in the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) at Makerere University and the DRUSSA coordinator, outlines the Research Uptake activities at the university and some of the challenges in institutionalising Research Uptake at Makerere.

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Using Research Uptake as a Strategic Tool to raise KNUST’s developmental university profile

Public universities’ responsibility to contribute to social and economic development nationally and regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa is as much a crucial task for survival as it is for the economy to stay competitive and grow in order to ensure the welfare of society. This essential objective has impacted on strategies adopted by public universities towards meeting their national mandate. The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is no exception.

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Promoting Science Communication at the University of Buea

Sama Awa-Mengi has immersed herself in Science Communication and Research Uptake since being nominated as a Research Uptake Communications Officer at the University of Buea. Through the RUC2014 and 2015 coaching programmes and her participation in the CREST Science Communication course in early 2015 she has learned both the good practices and the reality of communicating for uptake on behalf of the the University and its staff.

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Experiences In Research Dissemination With Part-Time Undergraduate Interns In A Resource Challenged Setting

Sub-Saharan universities recognise the need to establish research management offices but many of these offices are challenged by a lack of resources. Professor Yogi Naik, head of the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe discusses how RIO uses interns to achieve some of the objectives,  and outlines some of the remaining challenges for his office.

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University of Ghana’s Technology Development And Transfer Centre: A Platform For Academia-Industry Engagement

Building University-Industry linkages is key to the success of the uptake of new technologies and innovations. The University of Ghana has set up a new office, the Technology Development and Transfer Centre (TDTC), to promote these linkages and at the same time strengthen the capacity of researchers to produce applied research that meets the needs of industry.

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Research Uptake in CPUT’s Research and Innovation Strategy

At research intensive universities there is always a tension between the traditional focus on producing research to enhance the university’s international standing and the new imperative to produce and promote research that contributes to national development. Can universities focus on each of these objectives without compromising the other?

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DRUSSA University Vice-Chancellors’ Leadership Seminar

At the Vice Chancellors (VC’s) meeting that took place on the side of the ACU SARIMA Conference on the 11th May, DRUSSA Vice-Chancellors discussed their university's experiences of Research Uptake (RU) awareness raising and capacity building over the first three years of the DRUSSA Programme. As well as outlining successes, challenges and barriers that have been faced, they also discussed opportunities for future sustainability.

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Moi University College Principal to lead University Research Chair for Health systems (URC) in Kenya

As DRUSSA universities build research capacity, Kenya has a new programme which aims to promote top-quality research and Research Uptake, improve post-graduate training and enhance collaboration between universities and other research stakeholders - a model which looks set to make a difference in how universities strengthen relationship with both policymakers and industry.

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RUC2014 Blog 18: Why Waste Separation management is key in Rwanda and beyond

The University of Rwanda looks at how developing economic drivers for waste separation management at urban municipal level could improve public health, protect the environment and create useable benefits such as the production of fertilisers and biogas that could be used to the benefit of communities in African cities.

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RUC2014 Blog 17: New dye made from weed revives Kenya’s textile industry and brings local fabric costs down

A researcher from Moi University has worked out how to extract natural and environmentally friendly dye from weeds that threaten food crops, leading not only to the revival of a local textile business, but to the textile industry at large in Kenya.

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RUC2014 Blog 16 Entreprenurial spirit burns bright amongst township youth

A study into youth entrepreneurship in Khayelitsha township in South Africa reveals that despite a lack of support youth still remain enthusiastic about starting their own businesses. Findings show that simple interventions could counteract threats to this entrepreneurial spirit, with positive benefits.

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RUC2014 Blog 15 Waste to Wealth: production of biogas energy from organic waste in Nigeria

The issue of sourcing modern renewable energy sources remains a top global priority.  University of Calabar highlights the potential of biogas technology.

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Building Research Capacity: The African Universities Research Approaches Programme

A new programme aimed at building capacity in both teaching and research practice is in its start-up phase. Its conceptualisation and its broad objectives are similar to those of  DRUSSA. Both programmes strengthen the research capacity of Universities research support capacity in order that universities can contribute solutions to socio-economic challenges.

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Deciding on a research topic to communicate for uptake is a daunting task

An important part of any university Research Uptake strategy is choosing which research to feature. To maximise the chances for uptake to be successful the topic covered by the research needs to be relevant to broader societal needs. Johannes Selepe from the University of Limpopo gives us a glimpse into how they selects topics as outlined in their UL2020 Research Strategy document, and the key dissemination outlets they publish in.

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Symposium on Higher Education in Uganda

A recent symposium on higher education in Uganda focussed on how to bridge the gap between policy and research. The symposium laid the groundwork for strengthening the relationship between research institutions, particularly universities, and policymakers and influencers. It provided an opportunity for senior delegates from universities and the Ugandan government to reflect on the challenges facing both sectors.

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How KNUST makes strategic choices about which research to feature for uptake and utilisation

Deciding which research to focus on to communicate solutions that could be taken up and utilized is now undertaken strategically.  Courage Julius Logah from KNUST discusses how the university chooses which research to focus on and some of the challenges that communications practitioners face in discovering research that fits the criteria for uptake.

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Developing a Research Uptake Culture

One of the challenges for communications practitioners is ensuring that they are alerted to quality and relevant research by the researchers themselves. Candes Keating interviews the Cape Peninsula of Technologies (CPUT) DRUSSA Champion and Deputy VC for Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships, Dr Chris Nhlapo, about how CPUT is building a culture of Research Uptake at the university.

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The Division of Research, Innovation and Outreach (RIO) at Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University has a new Division of Research, Innovation and Outreach (RIO) which has established a web presence, a one-stop resource to provide institutional support for staff undertaking research and Research Uptake.

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DRUSSA’s Symposium on Higher Education and the National Development Plan in Ghana

What happens when you put 25 Ghanaian higher education stakeholders in the same room for two days? A) Lengthy arguments on the real reasons for the recent energy blackouts; B) an in-depth debate on why the Black Stars are underperforming; or C) a meeting of minds on the linkages between academia and policymakers through the generation of research evidence for policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

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African Research Excellence: the Launch of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)

At the African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar in March leading universities established an Alliance of African research intensive universities with the purpose of sharing resources, supporting each other and building excellence in research and research management. In addition the Alliance hopes to serve as a hub that supports research across the African continent.

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DRUSSA visits Moi University

During a visit by the ACU/DRUSSA team in February 2015  Moi University was able to show its progress in terms of Research Uptake, starting with University-Industry linkages and ending with using radio as a dissemination tool and everything in-between.

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Alliance for Excellence in the Sciences in Africa

The Alliance for Excellence in the Sciences in Africa (AESA) platform is a partnership of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, and with support from Wellcome Trust UK, UKAid, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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RUC2014 Blog 14: This journey never ends! The University of Limpopo Women's Academic Solidarity Association experience

How can research contribute to empowering women academics in South Africa? This article, first published by University of Limpopo is a result of part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, and discusses how the University of Limpopo Women’s Academic Solidarity Association is succeeding in this.  as a community that cuts across disciplinary boundaries and categories such as age, rank and race in the pursuit of women’s development as academics and researchers.

 

 

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RUC2014 Blog 13: Changing gender contracts in self-help housing construction in Botswana: The case of Lobatse.

How can research contribute to unlocking the potential of girls and women in Lobatse, Botswana? This article, first published by University of Botswana and produced by Mhitshane Reetsang as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, tells the story of how the interpretation of policy be implementers with discriminatory gender norms can undo well-meaning policy. It also suggests where change needs to happen for roleplayers to unlearn and address skewed gender decision-making.

This blog, from the University of Botswana, is the thirteenth in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here.

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RUC2014 Blog 12: Parents could play a vital role in developmental screening of rural children to allow for early intervention.

How can research contribute to parent-centered developmental screening of children? This article, first published by University of Ghana, is a result of part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme.

 

This blog, from University of Ghana, is the twelfth in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here

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RUC2014 Blog 11: Investigating the safety levels of fossil fuels for women in urban and rural areas in Nigeria

How can research contribute to protecting women’s health and the environment? This article, first published by Obafemi Awolowo University, is a result of part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme.

 

This blog, from Obafemi Awolowo University, is the eleventh in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here.

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RUC2014 Blog 10: The Gynocular increases low and middle-income countries access to cervical cancer screening

How can research contribute to accessible cervical cancer screening for low- to middle-income countries? This article, first published by Mbarara University of Science and Technology and produced by Dennis Lukaaya as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme introduces a low-cost, hand-held, battery driven coloscope that enables colposcopy in any setting.

This blog, from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, is the tenth in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here.

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RUC2014 Blog 9: Research in Uganda reveals positive support to HIV disclosure and a need for gender-specific disclosure support strategies

How can research contribute to helping HIV-positive women in Uganda? This article, first published by Makerere University and produced by  Dr. Daniel Semakula as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme discusses the short and long-term outcomes of disclosure amongst clients attending an urban HIV clinic in Uganda

This blog, from Makerere University, is the ninth in this blog series*. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here

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RUC2014 Blog 8: Soybean-enhanced diet could improve life expectancy for Kenyan children

How can research make a positive impact on young children suffering from malnutrition and ill health in region of Kenya that’s been highly affected by the HIV pandemic. This article, first published by Kenyatta University and produced by Peter Mwirigi as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, looks into how a soybean enhanced diet could help.

 

This blog, from Kenyatta, is the eighth in this blog series*. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here

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RUC2014 Blog 7: Collateral-free credit: A tool for empowerment of rural women in Ghana

How can research contribute to helping poverty-stricken women in Ghana? This article, first published by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and produced by KNUST’s Courage Julius Logah as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, looks into how interest free microloans can be atool for empowerment of rural women in Ghana. 

This blog, from KNUST, is the seventh in this blog series*. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here

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RUC2014 Blog 6: Urgent attention needs to be paid to the mental wellbeing of orphans in South Africa

How can research contribute to helping orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa? This article, first published by University of Free State and produced by UoF’s Mandy Jampies as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, touches on experts concerns about a lack of intervention programmes to address socio-emotional problems and behaviour disorders.

This blog, from the University of Free State, is the sixth in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here

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RUC2014 Blog 5: Empowerment by Women for Women in Nigeria

How can research contribute to unlocking the potential of girls and women in Nigeria? This article, first published by University of Ibadan and produced by UoI’s Adeola Funmilayo Oladeji as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, tells the story of how training in sweet potato processing could increase the likelihood of enhanced livelihoods for rural Nigerian women. 

This blog, from the University of Ibadan, is the fifth in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here

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RUC2014 Blog 4: Why is it Imperative that Women Own Land in Cameroon?

How can research contribute to unlocking the potential of girls and women in Anglophone Cameroon? This article, first published by University of Buea and produced by UoB’s Sama Awa-Mengi Levai as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, tells the story of how promoting land-ownership gender equality could empower women to contribute further to poverty reduction in the region.

This blog, from the University of Beau, is the fourth in this blog series. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here.

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RUC2014 Blog 3: Ethiopian women vulnerable to horrors of Gulf States human trafficking

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How can research contribute to unlocking the potential of girls and women in Ethiopia? This article, first published by Addis Ababa University and produced by AAU's Habtamu Getinet as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, tells the story of how research into the realities of human trafficking of Ethiopian women and children in the Gulf States can make a case for the need for government-level policymaking. 

 

This blog, from Addis Ababa University, is the third in a series, which will be profiled over the coming weeks. More information about the RUC 2014 campaign can be found here.

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RUC2014 Blog 2: From self-help group to life-changing water company

How can research contribute to unlocking the potential of girls and women in Wandiege Community, Kisumi County, Nairobi? This article, first published by University of Nairobi and produced by UoN’s Susan Wanjiru Muchina as part of a Research Uptake Communications [RUC2014] coaching programme, tells the story of how a community-driven water intervention is making an impact.

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Public Engagement: Crowdsourcing pilot at the University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare has taken an innovative approach to public engagement. Using crowd sourcing the research project involves citizens in gathering data on public safety issues, thereby contributing to the research and promoting Research Uptake.

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Public Engagement: Sustainable Integrated Pond Based Aquaculture in Nigeria

altaltOutreach activities linked to a research project at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria keep it real by using a range of communication methods to both involve resource-poor farmers, and to create awareness of this innovative food-security project so as to enhance Research Uptake.

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New Voices: Building Uptake Capacity amongst Young Researchers

This blog outlines an innovative programme at the University of Stellenbosch which builds the capacity of emerging researchers to promote Research Uptake, by developing their Science Communication skills.

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Developing a Stakeholder Engagement and Science Communication Plan: Improving agricultural practice in Mauritius

This, the second blog in our Stakeholder Engagement series, highlights the work of the University of Mauritius’ team in developing, implementing and evaluating a stakeholder engagement and science communication plan aimed at promoting Research Uptake for the results of its Quantification And Movement Of Sediments And Agrochemicals Under Various Types Of Mulches In Coastal, Hilly Food Production Systems In Mauritius research study.

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Lessons Learned From Developing a University Policy/Strategy To Support Research Uptake

This article outlines the experience of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana in building policies and strategies to support Research Uptake (RU). It provides an overview of some of the challenges that African universities face in providing institutional support for  research uptake  and utilization activities and some insight into how these barriers can be overcome.

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Research into Practice: Participatory research strengthens Research Uptake

A System Of Crop Intensification developed by the University of Ibadan’s Department of Agronomy in collaboration with Ajibode Organic Farmers in Nigeria has made a significant impact.

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Advancing responsible and ethical conduct of research at Kenyatta University

Kenyatta University has been at the forefront of promoting responsible and ethical conduct of research among the staff members through the activities of the Initiative for Research, Innovation and Management (iRIM), and Partnership for Innovative Medical Education in Kenya (PRIME-K) programs.

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A Strategic Approach to Research Uptake

Researchers from the  Oxidative Stress Research Unit at CPUT developed a research communication strategy for her valuable research findings on rooibos tea. In so doing, the helped the institutions’ Research Uptake strategy.

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Public Engagement for Research Uptake Using Websites

This blog provides an overview of Obafemi Awolowo University’s (OAU) public engagement activities and highlights the importance of university websites in promoting public engagement.

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Developing a Stakeholder Engagement and Science Communication Plan for research findings of a Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria study

This, the third blog in our Stakeholder Engagement series (see the first and second  blog here), highlights the work of the MSF/Epicentre Mbarara Research Centre of Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.  The Centre developed, implemented and evaluated a Stakeholder Engagement and Science Communication plan aimed at promoting Research Uptake for the results of its study on using Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Malaria.

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Research Innovation and Outreach at Kenyatta University

At Kenyatta University Research Uptake Management capacity is being put in place to get research into use in the full range of research activities – from participative community research to technology transfer to public engagement.

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Webometrics Ranking 2014 – Top African Universities

The most recent Ranking Web of World Universities (or Webometrics Ranking) has been published.

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Institutionalising Research Uptake at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology

At the recent SARIMA Conference in Gaberone, Botswana Prof Shaun Pather, Head of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the DVC: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships at CPUT provided some insight into progress made in terms of deepening and further institutionalising Research Uptake at the University.

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African Research and Innovation Management Associations – the “RIMAs”

In August 2014 the Eastern Africa Research and Innovation Management Association (EARIMA) held a consultative meeting in Arusha Tanzania.

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Institutionalising Research Uptake at the University of Zambia

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At the recent SARIMA Conference in Gaborone Dr John Simwinga, Assistant Director at the Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Zambia (UNZA), outlined steps taken by the university to institutionalise Research Uptake.

 

 

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Managing Research Uptake for Impact

DRUSSA Universities are currently developing their institutional research uptake strategies and these strategies outline their own “pathways to impact”. You will be able to read more in the coming months about these research uptake strategies here on the DRUSSA blog.

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CREST calls for postgraduate student applications for Monitoring and Evaluation Studies

Are you interested in doing an MPhil or PhD in Science and Technology Studies, or considering Postdoctoral Fellowships in the M&E arena? Read on for details.

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Introducing the DRUSSA DIGEST’S new editorial team

Individuals from across the programme have been appointed as editorial committee members for DRUSSA’s quarterly publication

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Now published: The DRUSSA 2014 Research Uptake Benchmarking Report

 

Liam Roberts discusses highlights and background as the DRUSSA project publishes the second benchmarking report that tracks and measures the DRUSSA universities’ implementation of new ways to strengthen and deepen their institutional Research Uptake (RU) systems.

 

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New Insights into SSA Institutional Research Uptake Capacity

The Summary Report of the second DRUSSA Benchmarking Survey has been released.

The universities responded to a comprehensive survey covering institutional priorities, policies for research, staffing for research management and uptake, and current research and research uptake activities.

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Changing family structures- defining Uganda’s social crisis context

altaltFollowing on from her PLATFORM2013’ article on ‘Land inequality and family planning’ Dr. Viola Nilah Nyakato discusses recent property-related family conflicts in Uganda that she believes highlight the nature of gendered property inequality in Uganda, and the country’s need to implement a legal framework to protect women’s property rights.

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Career skills toolkit part 7 of 7: How to report on your ‘Publishing for Research Uptake’ campaign and next steps, including publication distribution and awareness strategy

After all your hard work you have a beautiful print and/or digital publication ready to use. Again, what you do with it depends on why you have run this campaign in the first stage and what you have produced. But what you do know is that you need to report on this stage of the project. And that you want your publication to reach the stakeholders it is intended for.

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Career skills toolkit part 6 of 7: How to produce and publish a Research Uptake publication

This section relates to Part 4 ‘How to project manage a ‘Publishing for Research Uptake’ campaign’ but goes a few steps further, giving you a step-by-step breakdown of the practical steps involved in producing and publishing a Research Uptake publication.

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Career skills toolkit part 5 of 7: How to engage contributors to support your ‘Publishing for Research Uptake’ campaign.

Where possible make your life simpler. This is particularly true in publishing. Motivate your contributors to contribute to your Research Uptake Publication, give them positive reasons for doing so, and give them a clear brief as to how you want them to contribute. You’ll up your response rate while saving everyone hours of unnecessary work.

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Career skills toolkit part 4 of 7: How to project manage a ‘Publishing for Research Uptake’ campaign.

If you are producing a small-scale Research Uptake Publication it may not be necessary to use some or any of the tools and templates provided in this handbook.  But the larger the campaign, the more details there are to take care of – and that’s where tried and trusted publication campaign documents will help you keep a good handle on things.

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Career skills toolkit part 2 of 7: How to begin a ‘Publishing for Research Uptake’ campaign.

Strategic thinking at the beginning of a RUC Campaign helps to clarify objectives from which a plan will follow. In this section we discuss the value of taking a campaign approach to a Research Uptake Publication project.

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Career skills toolkit part 3 of 7: How to conceptualise a Research Uptake publication formula and how to brief a designer and editor

Your Research Uptake Publication may take the form of an e-book, a brochure or pamphlet, a poster series or something else. It may be something you only use in digital, or print – or in both. This section covers how to nail down the look and feel of your concept, and how to communicate this to an editorial and design team.

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Prof Sheunesu Mpepereki: Pulling out all the stops for the sake of worthwhile science

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Some months ago, Dr Nelius Boshoff paid a visit to the University of Zimbabwe and interviewed Prof Sheunesu Mpepereki, the Chairman of the Research Board, about a project on science funding councils in African countries. During the discussion Prof Mpepereki also started to speak about his involvement in soya bean research. Dr Boshoff found the project fascinating and on topic for DRUSSA, so he wrote this article.

"I have always lived this philosophy—that agricultural science must deliver food on the farmers’ tables, money in their pockets. That is the only way it can be worthwhile science. If hunger and malnutrition continue to ravage the village where I grew up, I cannot claim to be a scientist who knows about agriculture and production."

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Career skills toolkit part 1 of 7: PLATFORM2013: The Research Uptake Conversation Continues

PLATFORM2013  – a print and digital publication from the DRUSSA Universities in Sub-Saharan Africa [SSA] – was collaboratively produced by the DRUSSA Universities and DRUSSA Work Programme 4, all based in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last few weeks DRUSSA has featured twenty excellent evidence-based development research articles from DRUSSA’s PLATFORM2013 publication as a conversation starter in the Research Uptake Conversation. 

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Sustainable Integrated Aquaculture Development in Sierra Leone
The fish cum rice, piggery and poultry production projects (SIARP) at Njala University in Sierra Leone seek to develop land use systems through adaptive research and traditional experiences compatible to the cultural and social values of the people. It further aims to improve socioeconomic conditions, reduce risks, and generate jobs and income in rural areas. 
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South Africa`s Integrated National Disability Strategy: The long and winding road to uptake
Last week’s blog on “Three golden rules to get research into policy” discussed the “evidence to policy divide”, offering three tips on how to cross it. Here, we look at the long and arduous journey of one national policy, from research to uptake.
 
Having its roots firmly in the struggle against Apartheid, South Africa’s national policy on disability has everything to do with the country’s past. The Integrated National Disability Strategy (INDS) is the product of disability activists emerging directly from the armed struggle, during which many cadres became disabled and took their struggle from politics and the military into the arena of disability. And when during negotiations for a peaceful transition to democracy, a Constitution was being
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