|DRUSSA Universities write about Research Uptake: A Collection|
|Monday, 25 July 2016 14:18|
As the Programme comes to an end the Communications and Engagement team has collated a Collection of Research Uptake stories from the DRUSSA Universities that have been published on DRUSSA.net. This Collection provides a view of DRUSSA Universities Research Uptake activities, reflects the diversity of Research Uptake activities and also the depth of Research Uptake capacity at DRUSSA Universities.
The Communications and Engagement unit of the DRUSSA project has, using a common digital platform, DRUSSA.net, worked with the member universities’ Research Uptake Communication teams throughout the project duration. As a result the DRUSSA.net blog site is a record of the work of these teams. The blog articles feature research that has been written up in attractive, plain language format, and articles about how each university has built up its research uptake management capacity. The DRUSSA index is a repository of useful and relevant documentary materials provided by the DRUSS A universities and drawn from a network of organisations working in the field of Research Uptake. Over five years DRUSSA.net has published hundreds of blogs and eighteen Digests.
DRUSSA.net has been an essential information node for the DRUSSA Programme, keeping the University participants and the broader Research Uptake network up to date about aspects of the activities underway at the universities. It has also served as a work sharing platform contributing to strengthening existing and encouraging new networks of Research Uptake Practitioners, particularly Communicators and Managers.
One of the main assumptions behind the DRUSSA.net platform has been that DRUSSA universities have the will and resources to support RU dissemination mechanisms for knowledge and skills utilisation, and this has definitely been the case! Over the five years of the Programme every university has contributed to and shared the discussions about Research Uptake, both through writing about specific research projects and how the research was communicated with key stakeholders, and/or about how their University has been entrenching a culture of Research Uptake and institutionalising Research Uptake processes and mechanisms.
To honour the dedication and hard work of the DRUSSA Leaders and Champions, as well as the Research Communicators at DRUSSA Universities we have collected a selection of blogs that have been written over the course of the Programme, into one document. This Collection provides a view of DRUSSA Universities Research Uptake activities, reflects the diversity of Research Uptake activities and also the depth of Research Uptake capacity at DRUSSA Universities.
The DRUSSA Collection is a summary collation featuring two blogs from each of the universities presented in digital format for ease of distribution. Each blog identifies its author, the author’s role in the DRUSSA project and a contact address should be reader want more information. We hope that the Collection serves to present the DRUSSA Network and wider readerships with a view of the diversity of work that has been done to strengthen Research Uptake capacity in these universities. The Collection is also a downloadable record that we hope will finds its way into the repositories of the many organisations and individuals who have followed and supported the progress of the DRUSSA programme 2011-2016.
The research being conducted at DRUSSA Universities, as you can see from the blogs, is diverse – from understanding behaviour, to informing practice, to generating new ways of doing things. The only thing that all these research projects have in common is that they are all aimed at improving the lives of ordinary people. Working with the principal researchers, the university communications teams have written plain language blogs which unpack the key aspects of the research – what the key problem is, why it is a problem and how the research has contributed to understanding the problem.
Institutionalising Research Uptake
A number of the articles in this collection provide insight into how DRUSSA Universities have built research uptake into their institutional processes and systems. Again there is great diversity in these initiatives from ensuring that the university has a strong research management system in place that can identify research that has uptake potential, to training staff (both researchers as well as research managers) on the importance of uptake. Key to institutionalising Research Uptake are the policies and procedures which support these activities.