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New Insights into SSA Institutional Research Uptake Capacity Print
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 13:15

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.

The report compares universities’ responses to the 2012 and 2014 surveys and begins to map evidence of change of institutional research uptake capacity.

Some of the key findings are:

  • Enthusiastic leadership support for institutionalization of research uptake;
  • An increase in the number of dedicated offices and/or posts;
  • An increase in incentives for partnership with external stakeholders;
  • An increase in mechanisms to assess the impact of research;
  • Research support offices realize the importance of keeping comprehensive records of research activity and dissemination, but report slow progress in putting recording systems in place;
  • Publicity and communications offices are beginning to realize that research communication can be part of their remit, but report low capacity in science communication and dissemination.

The report concludes with a summary of challenges and successes identified by the participating universities. Get a copy of the full report here