LANSA's Research Uptake Self-Assessment Tool

LANSA developed the Research Uptake Self-Assessment tool as a means to share knowledge around research uptake and enable research teams to assess their capacity in this area. It was designed to foster discussion and planning around the capabilities required for effective research uptake among team members and is not designed to audit the capacities of research teams or individuals.


1. Assess the level of research uptake capacity amongst research teams working together on a multi-partner programme;
2. Inform the programme’s research uptake plans and strategy;
3. Identify capacity gaps and create plans to increase team capacity; the tool can also be used to monitor progress in research uptake capacity amongst research teams throughout the course of a programme.
4. Improve understanding of research uptake (what it is and why it is important) across the research team.


The tool was developed for researchers, research managers and knowledge brokers. It works under the assumption that research uptake skills, activities and approaches should involve all members of a research team at some level, not just those specifically employed to manage research uptake. Although the tool was specifically developed for self-assessment in a workshop setting by LANSAresearch teams it could be used by any research team and could be adapted to assess organisationalcapacity. The workshop could include staff with responsibility for communications and M&E.

Which capacities does the tool cover?

1. Capacity to understand and articulate how the research programme can support development
2. Capacity to understand needs of decision makers and adapt to the policy and programme context
3. Capacity to engage relevant stakeholders and understand their interest and ability to use evidence
4. Capacity to use relevant communication tools, channels and resources (including M&E)

Materials that make up the Tool:

LANSA's RU participatory tool allows to assess research uptake capacity for individuals within the team and for programmes.

1. 'How to' Powerpoint presentation below:

2. RUSAT Facilitation Guide
Review the statements in the Survey and indicate whether you agree or disagree by circling the relevant text. This Survey can be used for individuals within the team. 
4. RUSAT card set for printing below:


Resource Categories: 

South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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