LASER PULSE Launches New Research Translation Resource @ Social Behavior Change Communication Summit in Marrakech, Morocco

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LASER PULSE Launches New Research Translation Resource @ Social Behavior Change Communication Summit in Marrakech, Morocco

Image 1: (Left to Right) LASER PULSE representatives Dr. Alexandra Towns and Dr. Laura Riddering (Catholic Relief Services) promote the LASER PULSE program and Embedded Research Translation (ERT) with SBCC Summit attendees. Two representatives from the LASER PULSE consortium attended the 2022 Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit in Marrakech, Morocco, from December 5-10th to promote...

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Adapting Research During COVID-19

When a pandemic disrupts your research, how do you respond?  In 2020, COVID-19 threatened to upend one of LASER’s research projects and forced the research team to craft new ways forward. LASER had to evaluate risks alongside the research team and work to mitigate them. Research Project Managers at LASER deal with these unique contingencies on...

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LASER PULSE Shares ERT Model @ AEA Conference

Between November 7-12, LASER PULSE sent a delegation to the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, to facilitate discussion around its Embedded Research Translation (ERT) model and application in LASER PULSE projects and learn with other attendees about innovative approaches toward evaluation.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS)’ Alexandra Towns and Laura Riddering, Indiana University’s...

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Market Analysis for Olive Farmers in the Nineveh Plain of Northern Iraq

By Carlos Rosales, Visiting Scholar, Purdue University; Ariana Torres, Associate Professor, Purdue University; Asaad Karam, University of Duhok; and Rezgar Mohammed, University of Duhok Supporting partners: University of Duhok, Purdue University, LASER PULSE About the Project This LASER PULSE-funded project's overarching goal is to comprehend the connections between agricultural landscapes and cultural significance, in order to examine the...

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The New laserpulse.org – An Overview of all the Features

We are delighted  to bring to you a new interactive, interconnected platform with a variety of features including our new online community forum exclusively for our members. The new laserpulse.org features new ways to connect with your fellow LASER PULSE members including a revamped sector search, map search, and chatbot to guide you in locating...

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Gap Analysis Report Addresses Research Context, Research Capacity and Capacity Gaps in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Fragile and Conflict Affected States

As a LASER-PULSE Consortium member, Makerere University - ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) set out to assess and understand the research context, research capacity and capacity gaps in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in fragile and conflict affected states: a Case Study of Somalia and South Sudan.  A highlight of the research findings Participating Universities were highly variable in size...

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The Voices of the Indigenous People of Uganda

Uganda language policy requires rural schools to choose a dominant local language to use as the language of learning and teaching for the first three years of primary school, while English is taught as a subject. The Tepeth and Ik people face the worst case scenario with only a few elders still able to speak...

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USAID Mission Uganda team visit to Mbarara University of Science and Technology

On 15th December 2022, teams from the USAID Uganda Economic Growth and Partnership Office visited Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). The teams were represented and led by Ms. Jackie Batanda, USAID Mission Uganda Project Management Specialist (Partnerships), and Mr. Robert Bagyenda together with Ms. Kevin Namulembwa from the USAID Mission Economic Growth Office....

Following the embassy visit, the team transferred to the CRS office for a welcome reception. This included a traditional Lao Baci celebration organized in honor of the team’s visit. Photo by Thipphakesone Saylath

ANRCB Project Team Visit to Laos

In November 2022, representatives from three US-based universities visited Vientiane, Laos in support of the Applied Nutrition Research Capacity Building (ANRCB) project in Lao PDR, funded by USAID via the LASER PULSE program. It was the first team visit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and College of Health...

USAID’s Exclusive Access to LASER PULSE Study on Research Translation for International Development

Have you struggled with collaborations with academic researchers? Could you benefit from a framework, guidance, and recommendations on translating research? The LASER PULSE program is pleased to share exclusive access to USAID to a study titled Research Translation for International Development: A literature review, framework, and guide to developing a research translation strategy. The purpose of...

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LASER PULSE Restaurant Productivity Project in Vietnam Celebrates First Graduates

On December 9, 2022, the Duke University Center for International Development (DCID) and Institute for Sustainable Development at Vietnam’s National Economics University (ISD-NEU) celebrated the successful graduation of eleven entrepreneurs from their intensive, six-week courses on restaurant management, internal controls, and marketing.  The graduates represent the first of 812 students who enrolled in the three...

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Happy New Year

As 2022 comes to an end, I am proud and humbled by the incredible strides LASER PULSE has made this year in conducting contextual research to provide evidence for decision-making on some of the most complex global development challenges.  2022 came with its own set of challenges, and yet again tested the resilience and spirit of...