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21 October 2017
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RUM in Action Welcome to DRUSSA Online! Please give us 15 MINUTES of your time to test our services

These online services have been developed and optimised for the African environment. This means you can access DRUSSA Online from your desktop or mobile, and use it whether you are online or offline. The suite of online services was designed to build a strong and cohesive Community within the group of 24 universities participating in the DRUSSA programme as well as an extended, open Network for other interested parties.

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Defining the Field Defining Research Communication

In 2010, the DRUSSA partners did a scoping study that served to inform the nature of the programme as it stands today. The Communicating Research for Utilisation scoping report defined research communication as follows:

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Framing the Discourse Nelius Boshoff on Research Uptake Management

Research uptake is the process whereby research findings enter the domains of intended but also unintended audiences. It is a complex process as the audiences can be multiple (practitioners, policymakers, scholars, general public, etc.); the notion of “uptake”—which corresponds to “utilisation”—can assume different meanings (being aware of findings, quoting findings, implementing findings, etc.); and a variety of modes exist whereby research can reach user audiences (via publications, brokers, media campaigns, workshops, etc.).

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Tools & Tips Putting Twitter to work on your research

As technology rockets ahead at breakneck speed, it is difficult to keep up with what the most effective means are to publicise one’s work. Many (if not most) academics spurn the idea of the social media, but in this age of connectivity, it has never been easier to make research public. Volumes and volumes of research don’t find their way into use because the research isn’t made accessible.

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Defining the Field Policy is more than mere legislation

Very early on in my career as a journalist, I discovered the value of making friends with the boss’s secretary and the switchboard operator. That is the grail along which you will have your calls put through and the appointment book opened. The same principle can hold true when trying to bring your research to the attention of policymakers.

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