PEGNet Survey on the Demand for Research
Happily Uninformed? The Demand for Research among Development Practitioners in Germany
Linda Kleemann and Marcus Böhme
The impact of development research is largest when it provides new and useful information for development practitioners, which they incorporate into their work. However, according to a survey undertaken by PEGNet among practitioners in development cooperation in Germany, many practitioners do not regularly read about or apply new research results or cooperate with researchers. As in a similar study by Ravallion (2011) the respondents were classified into four categories according to the frequency of research use and the perceived importance for the daily work (Figure 1). The matrix shows that the biggest group in the matrix consists of ‘happily uninformed’ respondents (40%) who neither access research nor value research for their daily work. Only three out of ten respondents are functionally well informed, i.e. value research highly and use it intensively.
Why is the usage of so many practitioners so low and how can it be improved? The answers given in the survey suggest that open access research, more communication and transparency about planned and ongoing research, and knowledge brokers that bridge differences in timing, thinking and language are the principal factors.
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