Three projects granted on using research

21 June 2017

The Science for Using Research (SURe) call for proposals resulted in the awarding of three projects to strengthen the scientific base for knowledge brokering in research programmes.

All research programmes that the granted projects aim at, are carried out under the Dutch Knowledge Platforms. The knowledge platforms – installed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, respond closely to the needs of development policy and practice by bringing together policymakers, researchers, civil society organisations and private sector organisations. Each platform focusses on one of the five main themes of Dutch development cooperation policy: security and the rule of law, inclusive economic development, food security, water, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since the start of the Knowledge Platforms in 2012, over a hundred scientific research projects have been granted covering these themes.

The project execution within the three SURe projects will include a systematic review stage and an empirical stage. The results of the review stage will be shared publically. A budget of 700,000 euros was available.

Granted projects

Prof. Roland Bal - Translating evidence into better sexual and reproductive health: how can we assess, improve and institutionalise research use?

Despite the development of promising methods, strategies and infrastructures, the translation of evidence about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) into policies and practices and ultimately better health, remains a challenge. This project aims to deliver a comprehensive evidence synthesis and translation research programme through a unique consortium of key research units and networks in the eastern-Mediterranean, West and Central Africa, the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and the global network of Cochrane, with expertise in systematic reviews, knowledge translation and SRH. They hypothesise that demand-driven evidence syntheses that are contextualised in deliberative dialogues and supported by locally specific translation-into-action strategies will improve both policies and service delivery in key areas of sexual and reproductive health.

The research will build upon existing insights and experience in research translation, further develop promising methods, introduce and apply these methods in new contexts, study their performance and make them available for application elsewhere.

Dr Barbara Regeer - An unusual suspect: the private sector in knowledge brokering in international development

There is a considerable body of research on knowledge brokering in international development but it generally focuses on the usual suspects: development practice, policy and research. This project will focus on an increasingly important unusual suspect in knowledge brokering, namely the private sector. The involvement of the private sector in international development is being reinforced by the Sustainable Development Goals because of the private sector’s supposed potential to scale up development initiatives and reach new audiences.

The project will have two research hubs, a Dutch and an Ugandan hub. The Dutch hub will analyse the varied experience of five Dutch knowledge platforms with the private sector, as well European knowledge brokering initiatives. The Ugandan hub will focus on Ugandan and African knowledge brokering initiatives.

The project has the following objectives:

  • For development practice, the project will develop insights into successful modalities for collaborating with the private sector.
  • For development policy, it will provide advice for policy makers and research funders on how to develop a policy framework which facilitates knowledge brokering activities with the private sector, while also relevant to other donors and research funders.
  • For science, it will develop new theoretical and conceptual insights on the private sector in knowledge creation and exchange in international development, using a powerful conceptual lens, social capital.
  • For the private sector, it will provide advice on how to engage in knowledge brokering in international development.

Dr Mirjam Ros-Tonen - Putting heads together: knowledge brokering and co-creation in Food & Business Research

Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP)-funded research embarks on knowledge co-creation in transdisciplinary consortia. However, it is insufficiently clear what contextual factors and institutional dynamics affect multi-actor and cross-sector learning; and whether it leads to research uptake and sustainable institutional change.

This project aims to unravel knowledge brokering, learning and knowledge co-creation in two F&BKP consortia and their networks. Systematic literature review and comparative action research will generate insight into

  1. how knowledge co-creation and learning processes are organised;
  2. how and under what conditions knowledge co-creation involving local people’s tacit knowledge, practitioners’ experiential knowledge, and researchers’ generalised knowledge can lead to better research uptake; and
  3. the prospects of institutionalising the processes after project closure.

Focusing on the practitioners-driven TREEFARMS project, Ghana (applied research) and the researchers-driven Inclusive Value Chain Collaboration project in Ghana and South Africa (Integrated Programme), the project compares knowledge co-creation and learning between countries and from two different entry points for transdisciplinary research, while connecting those to the F&BKP as a third learning platform.

Deliverables include a systematic literature review on knowledge brokering/co-creation and joint learning in transdisciplinary contexts; insights into how these processes materialise within the F&BKP; and a framework for implementation in other contexts.

Source: NWO