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16 July 2019
DRUSSA’s Research Uptake Communication Peer-learning Approach

RUC2016, the fourth activity in the Research Uptake Communications (RUC) series is underway, integrating digital and face-to-face team-mentored learning exercises that guide each team to strategise, plan and complete a RUC campaign.

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Linking Universities and Government in Uganda: The DRUSSA Fellowship Programme

During 2015 DRUSSA implemented a Fellowship Programme in Uganda and Ghana. As part of the programme Prof. Dr. Eng. Noble Banadda, from Makerere University was placed in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries in Uganda. He tells DRUSSA about the complexities of Evidence Informed Policy Making in Uganda.

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Coming up: A Science Communication package for DRUSSA Universities

A training package based on user-identified priorities for sub-Saharan African universities’ external-facing engagement and Research Uptake communication modes is to be handed over in April 2016.

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DRUSSA Universities Track Cases of Engaged Research

As one of the results of the DRUSSA programme member universities are fully aware that effective Research Uptake isn’t something that is added on to the end of a project, should time allow. Research Uptake can be “built-in” to the research process from the very start. It involves identifying external stakeholders who need, can relate to, adopt and utilise research findings; building reliable channels of engagement and communication with them; and getting the language right. Sustainable partnerships can grow from such positive experiences, making Research Uptake even more effective in subsequent projects, as well.

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Research Uptake Strategy at the University of Fort Hare

In an intensive workshop the University of Fort Hare (UFH)’s Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) identified research uptake priority areas, identified key internal and external institutional stakeholders and developed a road map for taking the UFH Research Uptake Strategy forward.

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