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PEGNet Survey on the demand for research

Survey on the demand for research


Dear colleague,

 

To improve the communication and cooperation between researchers, development practitioners and policy makers; the PEGNet-Team has developed a survey to assess the demand for research. Our goal is to assess the extent to which practitioners apply research outcomes in their daily work and to determine the main obstacles that hinder cooperation between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete this survey. The PEGNet Team will be very grateful for your cooperation in answering the survey.

 

There are no compulsory questions, i.e. you can skip them if you don't like to answer. But we would very much appreciate if you try to complete as many questions as possible to allow for valid results.

 

The anonymized results of this survey will be published on our website and in a short article in the D+C magazine and will also be presented during the annual PEGNet conference on „How to Shape Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Economies in the Developing World ─ Global, Regional, and Local Solutions“ which will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 17-18, 2013.

 

1. Gender

 

2. Age

 

3. What is your (highest) educational attainment?

 

4. In which subject did you receive your training/education? 












 

5. How many years of work experience do you have in development cooperation/assistance?

  

6. Where are you primarily employed?







 

 

7. How large is your financial responsibility approximately in Euro (per year)

 

8. How many employees are you responsible for?

 

9. How many days of field work did your work approximately involve last year (non-continuous)?

  

10. Which regions did your work deal with in the last year?

Multiple answers are possible








 

11. To which sector(s) does your work mainly relate to?

Multiple answers are possible

















 

12. How would you rate the importance of academic research in your daily work?

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Scale from 1 (not important at all) to 10 (very important)

 

13. Do you expect the importance of academic research in your daily work to increase over the next 3 years?

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Scale from 1 (very likely to decrease ) to 10 (very likely to increase)

 

14. What are the main sources of research you use?

Multiple answers are possible





 

15. Which type(s) of research-publication do you use?

Multiple answers are possible





 

16. Where do you look for information about recent research?

Multiple answers are possible









 

17. How often did you read academic research articles in the last year?

 

18. How often did you attend lectures, workshops, symposia etc. relating to academic research in the last year?

 

19. What is your primary motivation for reading academic research?








 

20. Did you cooperate with universities or research institutes (in the last three years)?

 

 

21. Did you write a research article for an academic journal in the last 10 years?

 

22. How would you rate the accessibility of academic research that is relevant to your daily work?

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Scale from 1 (very hard to access) to 10 (very easy to access)

 

23. To what extent do you agree with the following statements?

  1 2 3 4 5
a) I know where to find new academic research results that are relevant for my work or correspond to my interests.
b) I have easy access to new academic research results that are relevant for my work or correspond to my interests, i.e. I have enough funds to buy them or my organization has a sufficient range of journal subscriptions.
c) Academic research is easy to understand in terms of language.
d) Academic research acknowledges and incorporates information and experiences from development practice.

 

24. How would you rate the quality of cooperation with researchers overall?

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Scale from 1 (very bad) to 10 (very good)

 

 

25. In your opinion what are the main problems regarding attractiveness / usefulness of academic research?

Multiple answers are possible









 

 

With the preceding questions we have tried to cover as many topics as possible. But since we are only able to cover a limited spectrum of subjects we would ask you to tell us about issues and topics that we have missed. Please give us a constructive feedback and don't hesitate to be very critical!

 

26. What would make academic research more useful for your daily work?

 

27. How would you improve cooperation?

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