Resource bank for research uptake

Becky Wolfe and Sephy Valuks , 2017

The following resources were developed for a research uptake workshop held at the Kemri Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya from 12–14 September 2017. The resources cover the stages of developing a research uptake strategy, steps to writing a policy brief, an introduction to data visualisation and tips for using social media for research uptake. Click on the links below to access the resources. 

How to write a research uptake strategy

  • Understand the importance of strategic planning for research uptake
  • Familiarise key aspects of a research uptake strategy
  • Develop research uptake objectives for your research group, project, hub or an event
  • Identify key stakeholders using stakeholder analysis techniques
  • Review communications channels, outputs and activities
  • Explore indicators and tools for monitoring and evaluation
  • Key questions to consider in a research uptake strategy

Writing for policy makers 

  • Learn how to develop key messages
  • Introduce policy briefs: what, who and why?
  • Explore what makes a good policy brief
  • Plan a policy brief: audience, messages, problem, recommendations
  • Write the outline of a policy brief
  • Consider what format and design to use

Data visualisation 

  • Introduce data visualisation and demonstrate its value for research uptake and communications
  • Compare different types of chart
  • Share design tips for a visualisation
  • Explore online data visualisation tools

Social Media

  • What is social media?
  • Using social media for research
  • Twitter in Africa
  • RESYST on twitter and facebook
  • Social media packs
  • Online offline impacts

The following handouts were developed for the workshop. They provide an opportunity to put lessons into practice as well as giving further detail to complement the main resources:

RESYST's model of research uptake was developed using the STRIVE knowledge into action (KiA) model, adapted from ODI

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