|Research Uptake Action Plan: Cementing Research Uptake Efforts at the University of Ghana|
|Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:39|
To address the Research Uptake capacity gap, the University of Ghana has developed a five year action plan which sets the strategic tone and direction for the uptake and utilisation of research findings from the university. John Anoku, the universities Research Development Officer, takes us through key aspects of the plan which is currently in draft form.
The uptake and utilisation of evidence-based research is vital in the developmental policy formulation process. Interestingly, governments and donor agencies are becoming more critical and expect researchers to account for their research works. In addition, scientists are also motivated to make their research works useful to society. Policy makers are also concerned about the usefulness of scientific research work to society.
The above factors attest to the importance of Research Uptake and that Research Uptake cannot be relegated to the background. Much development in scientific and technological advancement was underpinned by the uptake of scientific research. And, the uptake and utilisation of academic research has in fact led to new discoveries in the scientific world. Developed economies have seen a surge in their socio-economic advancement due to the uptake of research. In a similar vein, developing economies can only advance when they pay serious attention to the utilisation of scientific research.
It is in line with the above discourse that the University of Ghana has seen the need to develop the capacity of its researchers in order for maximum attention to be given to Research Uptake. To address the Research Uptake gap, the University of Ghana has developed a five year Research Uptake action plan. The plan sets the strategic tone and direction for the uptake and utilisation of research findings from the University of Ghana, and, this is aimed at cementing the current research strategic framework for the promotion of research excellence at the university. It represents the University’s effort to define a clear direction that will guide its research priorities and support mechanisms.
The action plan has five key objectives which comprise: institutional culture, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, communication, and monitoring and evaluation. To ensure effective implementation of the action plan, several key performance indicators and metrics have been highlighted in the plan. These indicators and metrics will be monitored and evaluated on a regular basis to ensure adequate execution of the plan.
John Anoku is the University of Ghana’s Research Development officer and one of the university’s Research Uptake Communicators.