Research uptake, lessons from a multi-country global programme: What Works to Prevent Violence against women and girls

Peer-reviewed article
(2020 Aug) Development in Practice 1-13


Ramsoomar, Leane, Rebecca Ladbury, and Rachel Jewkes


Research uptake is achieved when research findings are translated into meaningful change in capacity to understand development problems, policies and practice, and funding streams. While there is consensus among those working to prevent violence against women and girls that this is essential, relatively little guidance exists on how to achieve this. We reflect on RU approaches used by the What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme and the dilemmas encountered and navigated. We recommend a nimble and flexible approach, incrementally unfolded; guided by a theory of change, evolving key messages; underpinned by comprehensive communications and capacity development.