Do we really need to make our research findings known?

Many ‘traditional’ researchers would say: “of course not!” But, times are changing and so must our outlook. The ‘Research Uptake – What is it, why bother, and are you good at it?’ lightening learning lab session on July 9 will nudge out the ‘Uptake’ characteristic in you!

A lot of money goes into research studies and there are many publications to prove this investment, nevertheless, the question that begs considering is – has our published work reached the people we want to effect? Well, there are cases where research knowledge has been picked up by policy-makers and legislation drafted, but there are is also a lot of scientific knowledge that remains as published work in high-impact journals – never to see the light of public policy, thus benefits miss society for which they were studied in the first place.

What to expect from the Research Uptake learning lab session

The LANSA-IMANNA Research Uptake session is an opportunity for all researchers any various levels as well as research uptake and communication persons to engage with questions like:

-          How do we recognise research evidence that is worth uptake and dissemination investment, especially in terms of money, time and dedicated personnel? 

-          Does the process of Research Uptake need to begin from the outset of a programme or study?

-          Does our research team have capacity to perform uptake of their research?

-          Is research uptake a researcher role at all?! Should it not be the sole responsibility of the 'communication' person?

-          How do we plan uptake when we don’t really know the results of the research study and the programme?

-          Can uptake of research evidence be a strategic process?

-          How do we know that we’ve made an impression or impact on policy-makers and society after investing in research uptake efforts?

And, the list of questions can go on...

What you need to do

* Come with an open mind

* Invest an hour

* Share your research uptake experiences and quick examples

What you get in return

* An understanding of both sides: research and uptake

* Free access to the LANSA Research Uptake Self-Assessment Tool

* Get to identify research uptake capacity within you and our team

* Learn to strategise for maximum research uptake benefit

* Cross-learning and networking

Be there! If you miss the first RU Learning Lab session on July 9 at 15.20, not to worry- join the 16.30 repeat session. More info on ANH website.

This blog was first published on the ANH academy website on 8th July 2017: http://anh-academy.org/academy-news-events/blog/2017/07/08/countdown-anh-academy-week-2017-research-uptake-what-it-why

Sangeetha Rajeesh
Sunday, July 9, 2017

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