Resource bank for research uptake

Becky Wolfe and Sephy Valuks , 2017

The following resources were originally 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.

A second workshop held in Bangkok with colleagues from the International Health Policy Program, led to the development of additional resources about developing a digital communications strategy, writing for the web and using photos.

Click on the links below to access the resources from both workshops. 

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

How to write a digital communications strategy

  • Digital communications objectives
  • How to identify and reach online stakeholders
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Developing key messages

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

Writing for the web

  • Understand how users read on the web
  • Basic principles of writing for the web
  • Review different types of written web content including blogs
  • Understand structure for writing a blog

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


  • Benefits of using photos in online content
  • Different types of photo
  • How to use images effectively (good practice)
  • Copyright, consent and creative commons
  • Pablo: how to add text over images 

Social Media

  • What is social media?

  • Uses for social media in research uptake

  • Online global health movements

  • RESYST on social media

  • How to get the most from twitter

The following handouts were developed for the workshops. 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

All presentations are also available to view and download on slideshare.

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