Research Translation Toolkit
POSTED September 27, 2021|
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Research translation is the process that transforms research findings into a form that is relevant to practitioners or other audiences. This toolkit supports researchers, helping them with research translation by providing exercises, fillable forms, and templates as well as links to examples and key resources. The short video linked above briefly outlines the rationale behind developing this research translation toolkit. A factsheet that provides a quick snapshot of the toolkit, including the purpose and value of each section and when to use it in the research process, is also available for download from the dropdown menu above.
Each toolkit section guides researchers through a series of steps to prepare specific outputs. Section one, Communication Products, focuses on how to write a factsheet or policy brief. Section two, Stakeholder Analysis, focuses on identifying, prioritizing, and tracking engagement with stakeholders that can be influential in using research to impact programs, policy, and practice in a sector. Section three, Research-to-Action (R2A) Plan, guides readers through the development of a plan designed to accomplish research translation goal(s) and objectives.
Each section may be used independently. Each section folder includes a guide, accompanying worksheets and examples, a “Readme” file with detailed instructions, and a troubleshooting guide.
Research Translation Toolkit Webinar Series
RTAC held a four-part webinar series that provided an overview of our Research Translation Toolkit and a deep-dive into each of its three sections. The webinar series highlighted what the toolkit is, why it’s important to your work, when you can use it in the research process and how you can use it yourself. The slides, recording, and additional materials for each webinar are available on the webinar series page.
Additional Toolkit Resources
Additional resources to support use of the Research Translation Toolkit can be found in the panel to the right. The first video linked introduces the toolkit and briefly outlines the rationale behind its development. The second and third videos are testimonials of research teams who developed research-to-action plans and communication products to advance the application of their research. The second video shares the experience of researchers at Indian Agricultural Research Institute and Michigan State University on off-grid, clean energy cooling for affordable storage of perishables for bottom-of-the-pyramid farmers. In the third video, researchers from Kenyatta University share how they worked to enhance efficient utilization of soil moisture for improved smallholder farm productive in the semi-arid areas of Kenya. The final video demonstrates how users can access the toolkit and files on the RTAC website.
A factsheet that provides a quick snapshot of the toolkit, including the purpose and value of each section and when to use it in the research process, is also available in the side panel and for download from the dropdown menu above.