|Now published: The DRUSSA 2014 Research Uptake Benchmarking Report|
|Thursday, 26 June 2014 13:24|
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.
Understanding the Trajectory and the Nature of Change
The 2014 Benchmarking process followed up on the first Survey undertaken in 2012 . The 2014 Survey Report (and Appendix with key) illustrates the trends and highlights drawn from a three-phase process, as well as the successes, challenges, and changes taking place in each of the universities. There are some exemplary models of good Research Uptake that have been developed in conjunction with the DRUSSA project in the past two years and, in many cases, there is an increased focus on Research Uptake (RU) as a systemised function of the research process itself. Highlights identified include:
The 2014 Report gives a deeper view of the range of ways the universities are managing RU and gives a deeper understanding of the “trajectory” and the nature of institutional change across the community.
Why Research Uptake benchmarking is important
Benchmarking is our way of learning more about what the DRUSSA universities are putting in place to manage research support systems, and to see what trends are emerging across different regions in SSA and in different RU themes. The Report provides information to better understand the nature of getting development research evidence into use, and how institutional management of this process is changing and maturing.
Insights: Repeated benchmarking provides comparative data
What marked out the 2014 Benchmarking Exercise is that there was a comparison of the results against those of 2012. An additional dimension was the inclusion of a section about specific systems and practices (including RU Strategy; RU Processes; Stakeholder Engagement; and the Communication of Research). These results map the state of play in RU in the universities and chart the changes seen since the inaugural exercise back in 2012.
This, second, DRUSSA Benchmarking Report can serve as a useful guide for all DRUSSA universities as they continue to implement and track their initiatives over the coming years – and, as always, the DRUSSA team is ready to support these initiatives every step of the way.
Liam Roberts is Programme Officer: Policy, at the Association of Commonwealth Universities