Water Research Impact and Uptake Workshop wrap up

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IWMI/WRC uptake workshop

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Water Research Impact and Uptake Workshop wrap up

  1. 1. Water Research Impact and Uptake Workshop: WRAP UP 12 – 13 March 2014 Lombardy Hotel, Pretoria
  2. 2. Day 1 • Uptake and impact: For whom? For what? • Relevance and Coercion • Who we engage with? The ecosystem of players. • Concept of the scale of change – local, medium, national • Time scale – research-project time-scale, lifetime of knowledge collection, policy timescale. • Capacity building • United in monitoring and evaluation challenges • Uptake is less about products and more about processes • Research as a catalyst (for debate, dialogue, learning) should be considered as impact • Distributed responsibility for impact and uptake across partners • Need to attach a budget/reporting requirements/human resources for it to be adequately addressed in research projects
  3. 3. Day 2 • Scientometrics as a science to produce statistics for indicators • Value and importance of indicators? Because they indicate (what would constitute a good, holistic, effective indicator/s?). Indicators should be well documented in terms of how they are made, must be transparent. • Example: government-driven RDE strategy, what indicators/measures do we need to evaluate the science-policy-implementation interface and the support process mechanisms needed. • The ‘network’ as an uptake project for knowledge and information sharing • On-line tools, platforms work better in particular contexts than others. • Risks in the uptake process • What makes a successful ‘glue’ organization: – Has to be based on specific challenges, and should be focused – Should be grounded in some practice • Accountability – who is accountable for uptake? • Funding for impact: – Integration of funding for uptake activities within research projects
  4. 4. Highlights • Rich accounts of multiple perspectives: research institute, funding agency, government, university that does research on impact, networks, policy organisations, development organisations. Each view impact differently, define it differently, will contribute in different ways. • Need to reconcile overall high-level mission and institutional contribution (KPIs) to achieving that. • Boundary to particular institutions’ uptake efforts (need to draw the line) • Need to further raise awareness of uptake and impact within institutions

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