This report provides an analysis of the trends identified through
quantitative and qualitative responses to the second benchmarking survey
of DRUSSA member institutions, in combination with outcomes and actions
identified at the DRUSSA Leadership and Benchmarking Conference in Cape
Town, South Africa, from 12-14 March 2014.
The report identifies areas of change in the management, processes, and
practices related to the strengthening of research uptake management
since 2012. It draws links between the data acquired through the survey
and findings from the conference, as well as highlighting examples of
challenges and good practice. It also considers some of the approaches
put forward by the external experts who facilitated discussions at the
conference, and suggests ways in which the DRUSSA programme can assist
in the operationalisation of research uptake.
This report is organised into seven main sections:
Section 1, Benchmarking by region, is an overview of regional change in
participating universities between 2012 and 2014. The report thereafter
focuses on the thematic areas of research uptake management as outlined
in the survey sections.
Section 2, Research uptake strategy, looks at key areas of university
management, structures, and functions relating to the communication and
uptake of research. It is more focused on top-level support for research
uptake than the previous survey, which sought to get a broader overview
of how research uptake was organised at each university.
Section 3, Research uptake processes, looks at how university processes
work to communicate research results, including how results are prepared
and assessed for the intended end users of the research. This section
has shifted focus towards assessing the impact of research on end users,
as opposed to issues of intellectual property and commercialisation.
Section 4, Stakeholder engagement, aims to determine university
procedures in engaging external stakeholders, looking more closely at
the relationships universities seek to develop with key stakeholders in
order to drive research results into policy and practice.
Section 5, Communicating research, addresses university processes
applied in communicating research to the wider public (rather than
specific stakeholders) in order to raise the profile of the university.
Section 6 considers the level of Impact that the DRUSSA programme is
perceived by participants to have had on various areas of research
Section 7 is a summary of the Research uptake plans that have been
collected from the DRUSSA member universities so far. The information
collected in the first survey has been used to form the baseline for
university development over the programme using ‘process benchmarking’,
whereby universities set their own ‘benchmarks’ or areas to be
developed. These benchmarks – synthesised into statements of good
practice during the first benchmarking exercise – have been further
refined by the participating universities and have begun to be
incorporated into their research uptake plans.
Section 8 presents the key overall Conclusions.
A link to the 39-page summary is also appended.
Falk, E.; Harber, T.; Roberts, L. DRUSSA Benchmarking Report 2014. Summaries and analysis from the 2014 DRUSSA benchmarking survey and Leadership and Benchmarking Conference June 2014. DRUSSA (2014) 62 pp. + 5 pp. (Appendix) pp.