Research Uptake Self Assessment Tool

A participatory tool to assess research uptake capacity amongst programmes in international development

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.
This tool is designed to foster discussion and planning around the capabilities required for effective research uptake among team members; it is not designed to audit the capacities of research teams or individuals. 

Objectives of the tool

This tool was developed in order to assess the capacity of multiple research partners involved in the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) research consortium, and is designed for a group or workshop setting. The tool has four principle purposes: 

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.

Who is it for? 

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 LANSA research teams it could be used by any research team and could be adapted to assess organisational capacity. 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)

Research Uptake Self Assessment Tool

Here are the materials that make up the Research Uptake Self Assessment Tool:


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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