The LASER PULSE consortium has developed a Guiding Questions Workbook to provide a concise process to develop a research translation strategy and plan for evidence utilization in international development. Academic researchers, development practitioners, and donors can use this workbook to strategize and plan for research impact.
LASER PULSE, which stands for Long-term Assistance and SErvices for Research (LASER) Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine (PULSE), is a $70 million cooperative agreement with USAID led by Purdue University with partners University of Notre Dame, Makerere University, Catholic Relief Services and IU.
This new workbook entitled “Guiding Questions to Plan for Research Translation: A workbook to develop a research translation strategy, an implementation plan, and a monitoring and evaluation plan for research impact in international development” answers the call of scholars, donors, and practitioners for development research to have an impact beyond academia and connect to policy and practice.
A recent LASER Focused webinar introduced the resource and gave practical examples for how the workbook could be used to improve research translation. Additionally, two representatives from the LASER PULSE consortium attended the 2022 Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit in Morocco to promote the LASER PULSE program and launch the new workbook.
In tandem with the Guiding Question workbook, the LASER PULSE delegation also promoted the LASER PULSE resource, Promising Practices for Embedded Research Translation: a toolkit to improve partnerships, processes, products, and dissemination during the event. The toolkit is a collection of 24 practices to improve the capacity and change the behaviors of researchers and practitioners to implement LASER PULSE’s Embedded Research Translation (ERT) model.
The next LASER Focused event covers Grant Proposal Development & Strategy on March 23 at 9 am (EDT)/ 4 pm (Kenya).