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DRUSSA Research Uptake Capacity - Benchmarking III Print
Friday, 09 October 2015 12:31

Sharing and learning from good practice and assessing change is at the heart of the DRUSSA programme. That is why we are delighted to announce the third (and final) DRUSSA Benchmarking Process launched on 12 October 2015. As always, sharing of the survey results will be an opportunity to learn from and communicate examples of institutional change and DRUSSA universities’ successes.

About this final survey

The Benchmarking III Survey is largely modelled on the 2012 and 2014 surveys. Many of the questions and areas of focus  are designed to get updated and current information about core topices and issues identified as change indicators when the programme commenced. The purpose of reintroducing questions on process, strategy, communication and research engagement in all three surveys over the five year period is to draw out comparisons over the course of the whole programme. This is so as to effectively measure degrees of change across institutions and regions, and to re-visit the Statement of Good Practice identified and agreed by DRUSSA university representatives, in 2012.

"The report will provide “direction of travel” for Research Uptake strategy, processes  and initiatites at  DRUSSA universities once the programme itself completes in September 2016 – and is also one way to assess how any future Research Uptake programmes could be designed to be even more effective"

A new section on Sustainability

There are also some changes to the survey. We've introduced a new section on Sustainability, that asks respondents to not only reflect on changes in capacity that have already taken place, but also to reflect on the durability and sustainability of these capacities into the future. The report will provide “direction of travel” for Research Uptake strategy, processes and initiatites at DRUSSA universities once the programme itself completes in September 2016 – and is also one way in which to assess how any future Research Uptake programmes could be designed to be even more effective. The Benchmarking III Survey closes on 27 November. The Benchmarking team will analyse the results and draft the Benchmarking III Report.

"The draft Report will be distributed in advance of the planned Leadership and Benchmarking Conference 2016"

Publishing the draft report

The draft report will be  distributed in advance of the planned Leadership and Benchmarking Conference 2016, to be held in Mauritius in the week commencing 25 April 2016. The final Report will be published on DRUSSA.net soon thereafter. At the conference, there will be discussion on findings, more expansive conversations on case studies contributed by the universities, sharing of solutions, and planning for the future.


Liam Roberts is the Acting Programme Manager (DRUSSA)

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