SURe and the knowledge platforms

sure-image.jpgThe Science for Using Research Programme, called SURe, provides grants for projects that focus on knowledge brokering approaches applied in research programmes under the knowledge platforms supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The knowledge platforms respond closely to the needs of development policy and practice by bringing together policymakers, researchers, civil society organizations and private sector organizations on 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. The knowledge platforms comprise:

The projects funded under SURe contribute to strengthening the body of scientific knowledge on what works or could work in brokering knowledge to enhance the outcome and impact of research for inclusive global development with a focus which includes the Dutch knowledge platforms. SURe, a programme of NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, aims to strengthening the scientific basis of ‘knowledge brokering’ activities. In the context of SURe, knowledge brokering is defined as comprising all of the activities and processes that facilitate the sharing and use of knowledge as well as the co-creation that takes place between research, policy and practice.

In June 2017, three projects were approved for funding, including the Unusual suspect project. The other two comprise:

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.

 Putting heads together: knowledge brokering and co-creation in Food & Business Research

Research funded by the F&BKP aims at knowledge co-creation in transdisciplinary consortia. This SURe 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:

  • how knowledge co-creation and learning processes are organised;
  • 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
  • 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.