Calling all research producers, translators and knowledge brokers!

Topics Evidence-based practice | Evidence-based policy

Research Communications and Uptake:
An open survey of practice in the international development sector

You are invited to participate in an open survey of the international development sector on the topic of research communications and uptake. The survey will be used by the Network to help us build a robust picture of the current practice in this area, and relies on the participation of research producers, translators and knowledge brokers.


The survey is designed to be completed by those who produce research, or play an active role in research translation or knowledge brokering for research users (broadly defined as any audience who may apply research findings in policy or practice).

The purpose of this survey is to inform a ‘snapshot’ of the state of the international development sector in terms of the practice of research communications and uptake. By providing a better understanding of current levels of knowledge and skills within the sector in relation to uptake of research, the survey will directly inform future capacity-building work of the RDI Network.

What do we mean by research communications and uptake?

Research Communications: “The ability to interpret or translate complex research findings into a language, format and context that people who are not experts in that particular issue can understand.” (DfID)

Research Uptake: “The application of research outputs by users, resulting in outcomes. This may involve complex processes over time, whereby research outputs… are adapted, built upon and operationally applied.” (Australian Research Council)

Complete the survey by clicking here, or copy the URL below into your internet browser:

Thank you in advance for completing the survey. We look forward to sharing back our analysis with the sector, and applying it to ongoing support of sector capacity.

For more information, please read the FAQs below.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate?

The RDI Network recognises that international development research is produced from within both academic institutions and NGOs, as well as by private sector organisations and consultants. We also recognise that research is translated within each of these, as well as by specialised intermediaries. Individuals and teams from all of these identified entities are invited to complete the survey.

The RDI Network is based in Australia, but we welcome survey responses from research producers, translators and brokers from around the globe. You have the opportunity to tell us where you are based in the survey.

Can multiple staff from one institution or organisation complete the survey?

Yes! We seek to establish a broad understanding of the sector in terms of practice and capacity, and aim to attract input from a high volume of individuals. Please share this survey with your colleagues and networks who fit the descriptor target participant outlined above.

How long does the survey take?

As a guide, we suggest the survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete. We value your time invested in helping us gather this important snapshot of the sector!

How will the data be used?

Survey responses (with the exception of Questions 19-22, which are optional) will be used to form an overall ‘snapshot in time’ of current practice and capacity within the international development sector. This snapshot will be shared with the Network upon completion.

The snapshot will capture and report the survey results in de-identified format, unless express permission is sought otherwise.

Responses to Questions 19-22 will be used only to contact survey participants with relevant opportunities to participate in follow up activities. These questions are optional, and will not inform the interpretation of the remainder of the survey responses.

When will the survey close?

The survey will be open until 31 January, 2018.