Transition from Field Research to Advocacy: KU-WEE Hub Holds planning and dissemination workshop

The DVC (Research Innovation and Outreach) Prof. Vincent Onywera (seated, center) poses with some of the KU-WEE Hub Researchers and staff after the workshop.

The KU-WEE Hub, completed its Second year in September 2022. The Hub is now transitioning from a phase of data collection into a phase of dissemination, policy and advocacy as it enters its third year (October 2022 – September 2023).  In this phase the research teams within the Hub are expected to disseminate the data that they have gathered from the field using different platforms including journal publications, stakeholder engagements etc. They are also expected to engage in national-level policy dialogues to discuss evidence and constraints, involving policymakers to advocate for evidence-based policy making. In order to plan how this next phase will be carried out, project researchers and partners came together in a 3-day dissemination and planning workshop. Key on the agenda was to reflect on the initiatives’ achievement against targets, chart a way forward, and strengthen teamwork and collaboration. The planning and dissemination workshop took place from 3rd to 5th October 2022 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS).

Emphasis was on the need for each team to formulate a clear plan for a seamless transition from field research to advocacy to enhance uptake of the evidence generated through research. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Innovation and Outreach), Kenyatta University, Prof. Vincent Onywera called on researchers to use the findings to change lives, adding that research institutions ending up in what he termed the valley of death –  research data without significant policy influence.


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