International Water Management Institute Africa Uptake Strategy


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IWMI/WRC uptake workshop

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International Water Management Institute Africa Uptake Strategy

  1. 1. IWMI Africa Uptake Strategy 12th March 2014 Thor Windham-Wright Research Uptake and Communications Coordinator - Africa
  2. 2. IWMI Africa Uptake Strategy  Definition  Why? How?  Key elements  Implementation  Tools
  3. 3. Definition of research uptake “The effective utilization of research-based evidence by decision makers to improve development practice and policy, and donor investments, leading to positive development outcomes.” ‘Uptake’ is what a decision-maker or other key stakeholder is doing when they modify their attitude, develop knowledge or skills through the research process and based on the outputs of research. Putting people first..
  4. 4. Why an uptake strategy? To:  have a clear, targeted impact  demonstration the value, relevance and practical utility of our research and its outputs  achieve greater success in research-for-development
  5. 5.  Foster an uptake culture within IWMI  Strive to strengthen our knowledge of research user’s needs  Strategically engage and collaborate  Balance uptake for ongoing/new projects vs completed projects  Package, communicate and disseminate research outputs  Monitor and evaluate
  6. 6. CGIAR System Level Outcomes and Intermediate Development Outcomes Four strategic CGIAR System Level Outcomes (SLOs):  Reduced rural poverty  Improved food security  Improved nutrition and health  Sustainably managed natural resources
  7. 7. CGIAR System Level Outcomes and Intermediate Development Outcomes “Intermediate development outcomes (IDOs) - represent changes that occur in the medium term that are intended to affect positively the welfare of the targeted population or environment, and which result, in part, from research”* * Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC)
  8. 8. CGIAR System Level Outcomes and Intermediate Development Outcomes
  9. 9. Theories of Change Outputs - outcomes - impact
  10. 10. Impact Pathways target
  11. 11. Target Audiences Key question: Who are the most influential people whose actions are most likely to bring about the change we seek in the most effective away, impacting the greatest number of potential beneficiaries?
  12. 12. Implementation of this Strategy Continually raising awareness within IWMI Project level Specific uptake projects (IMAWESA) National, Regional and pan- African level
  13. 13. Implementation of this Strategy Project level
  14. 14. Implementation of this Strategy national, regional and pan-African Two interrelated paths:  Development of Key Issue knowledge products  Targeted stakeholder engagement Policy focused Research based New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) / Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) East African Community (EAC) Centre for Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) West & Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF/WECARD) Southern African Development Community (SADC) – Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Directorate (FANR) Governments of Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa Irrigation Revitalization
  15. 15. Tools for planning and fostering uptake
  16. 16. Limitations of Research Uptake Impacting end users / beneficiaries Engaging research users Research Activity
  17. 17. Thank you