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Sustainable Research Uptake Capacity at the DRUSSA Universities Print
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:53

The DRUSSA Programme is delighted to introduce the 2016 DRUSSA Benchmarking Survey Report, the third (and the final) such report in the series. It provides longitudinal evidence of the levels and types of Research Uptake capacity strengthening that the DRUSSA universities have undertaken in the period 2012 – 2016.

The Report provides in depth analysis of responses from all 22 DRUSSA universities through five thematic focus areas:

  • research uptake strategy;
  • research uptake processes;
  • research uptake communication;
  • stakeholder engagement;
  • sustainability (new in the 2016 report)

The 2016 report presents quite deliberately its findings through the thematic windows of the previous versions published in 2012 and 2014. This allows us to draw out trends in institutional change across the different thematic focus areas, across the five years – for example, what changes have occurred in staffing for research uptake management, what support mechanisms have been introduced, and what shifts there have been in how external research users are being engaged. 

"this report demonstrates how universities are really embedding the changes they’re seeking to achieve"

Thus, while previous Benchmarking Survey Reports helped to inform the state-of-play at DRUSSA universities and what areas of focus universities were embarking on, this report demonstrates how universities are really embedding the changes they’re seeking to achieve. This is key to our understanding of sustainable capacity – and we’re very pleased that Benchmarking data confirms that universities are making extraordinary strides in integrating and strengthening their research uptake policies, processes, management and systems for the long term.

"On the basis of the report findings the universities are well-placed to continue to strengthen and further develop strategic and operational research uptake management capacity. "

Leaders and Champions Conference 2016

Naturally, “sustainability” is a chief focus at this stage in the programme, and it will comprise a major theme running throughout the 2016 Benchmarking Conference. The three-day event taking place from 25 to 27 April, will not only seek to drill-down on responses to the survey and provide greater context to the changes we’ve seen, but also for the universities to share the range of initiatives they have taken on to consolidate sustainability

The DRUSSA programme completes in late 2016.  On the basis of the report findings the universities are well-placed to continue to strengthen and further develop strategic and operational research uptake management capacity. 


Liam Roberts is the DRUSSA Senior Programme Officer at the Association for Commonwealth Universities 

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Joshua Mwankon said on 2016-04-22 13:59:15:
good to learn of this report of success, especially as it pertains to sustainability. Personally, i feel confident about my skills now in communicating research uptake as the first web article i took part in writing has just been published on the University of calabar website: http://www.unical.edu.ng/pages/dire?nav=uptake