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18 April 2014
Tools & Tips Communicating Research: Ten tips from Wits

In 2008, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and his young son, Matthew, were exploring a dig site in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa, when Matthew came across a fossilised hominid clavicle and mandible with a tooth embedded in rock. Realising what he was looking at, Dr Berger couldn’t believe his eyes. The fossil belonged to a young male, whose skull was found a year later.

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Universities' Role Universities benchmark progress in improving Research Uptake Capacity

The DRUSSA project held the second of three Research Uptake benchmarking events in Cape Town in mid-March 2014.  Diana Coates shares the DRUSSA Universities key insights.

The purpose of the benchmarking series is to provide evidence for universities participating in the project to assess their progress in strengthening their institution’s capacity to realize their mission to provide research evidence that contributes to socio-economic development, in their community, their region, country and in sub-Saharan Africa.   

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Tools & Tips Digital tools to improve research communication

Science journalist Lynne Smit (who presented the module on social media at the Science Communication short course in Stellenbosch, South Africa) has written an excellent guide for SciDev.Net on digital tools that can be used to better communicate research. She covers topics from how to gather ideas, to organising your research, finding sources, new ways of publishing research, using audio, video and photos, and fact checking. She also explains which tools are appropriate for which tasks. I highly recommend this article.

Tools & Tips Great presentation on stakeholder analysis
This is a great presentation on stakeholder analysis by Steve Raybould, published on Research to Action. The presentation (on Slideshare) is a step-by-step guide on what a stakeholder is, the purpose of doing stakeholder analyses, meeting stakeholder needs and the stakeholder analysis process.

After working through the presentation, you should be able to describe a stakeholder, who your institution’s stakeholders are, how you can prioritise stakeholders using stakeholder analysis, how to categorise stakeholders and how stakeholder mapping can identify key stakeholder groups.

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It`s Happening Here Career skills toolkit part 7 of 7: How to report on your ‘Publishing for Research Uptake’ campaign and next steps, including publication distribution and awareness strategy

After all your hard work you have a beautiful print and/or digital publication ready to use. Again, what you do with it depends on why you have run this campaign in the first stage and what you have produced. But what you do know is that you need to report on this stage of the project. And that you want your publication to reach the stakeholders it is intended for.

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