|What is Research Uptake Management|
|Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:10|
Research uptake is the process whereby research findings enter the domains of intended but also unintended audiences. It is a complex process as the audiences can be multiple (practitioners, policymakers, scholars, general public, etc.); the notion of “uptake”—which corresponds to “utilisation”—can assume different meanings (being aware of findings, quoting findings, implementing findings, etc.); and a variety of modes exist whereby research can reach user audiences (via publications, brokers, media campaigns, workshops, etc.).
In addition, various factors need to be taken into consideration during research uptake, such as the values and norms of user audiences and their organisational interests and, of course, how the results should be tailored to best appeal to potential users. Research uptake management (RUM), therefore, is an equally complex process, given that it aims to facilitate research uptake amid all these challenges. For that reason the management of research uptake is often restricted to instances of planned research utilisation (i.e. tailoring specific research findings for specific audiences).