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22 August 2017
DRUSSA Legacy for Sustainability

The DRUSSA Learning Resource 

The DRUSSA.net site  remains live as a publicly accessible resource. There is a wealth of programme-derived knowledge, tools, and resources that university leaders, research staff and research uptake managers should continue to be able to access and use as they strengthen their university management systems for getting research into use.

There is another, new  public access location for the DRUSSA Learning Resource .  The Association of Commonwealth Universities has developed the Learning Resource to serve as the long-term home research uptake resources and other literature and tools for research uptake you may find useful.

The Learning Resource  is housed on the ACU website and it re-curates a selection of 160 documents from DRUSSA.net that can be utilised as training aids, tools and resources in strengthening research uptake systems going forward, and will also be supplemented with new resources under development – such as online research uptake guides and new literature in the field.

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Five Years of the DRUSSA Programme

DRUSSA.net has been the digital hub for twenty two developmentally oriented universities in twelve countries in sub-Saharan Africa.  All but one of the programme’s collaborating partners are located in sub-Saharan Africa too.   CREST [live link] at the University of Stellenbosch will continue to offer the Research Uptake and Impact specialism in it M. Phil in Science and Technology Studies. OSD [live link] has taken the Communication and Engagement role and has been both a learning resource and a learner in this role.  The ACU, in addition to co-ordinating the organizational change initiatives chosen by each university and the demand-side pilot in Uganda and Ghana that has linked users of research evidence with producers of research evidence, has been the accountable grantholder and liaison with the funder, UKAID in the UK.    The programme is featured in the UK government’s DevTracker [live link]  devtracker.dfid.gov.uk/projects/GB-1-202004/

 

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DRUSSA Fables: A series of metaphors and parables
The use of metaphors and parables in science communication is well established – by constructing a narrative around an idea or event that has little to do with science, much can be said about science. Metaphors are particularly useful in communicating scientific results to non-subject specialists, since the narrative carrying a metaphor can be highly entertaining, thus making it easy for the message to be absorbed.
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DRUSSA Fables: Muscles and bling
“You youngsters …,” Grandpa Impact pointed his cane to his grandson sitting across from him at the crackling fire. “Yes, you … All you care about is showing off your muscles and bling. Always wanting to impress. This new generation has lost the good old virtue of modesty.”
 
“But Grandpa,” Young Evaluator protested. “People need to be made to believe upfront that one 
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2013 WARIMA Conference rescheduled

The West African Research and Innovation Association (WARIMA) is a key network for DRUSSA, so we were disappointed to learn that its seventh annual Conference, scheduled for later this month, has been postponed. New dates have not yet been set. In assessing member response, the Organising Committee, conference host the University of Jos and the WARIMA Executive decided that registration and the number of abstracts submitted were too low to warrant a conference. This is, supposedly, the result of the ongoing Academic Staff Union industrial action on Nigerian campuses.

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