GUIDE FOR AFRICAN RESEARCHERS on filing a patent application

This guide (drawing on a desk review) is an effort to contribute to increased numbers of patent applications from African research institutions. It also provides directions to universities and research institutions on how to use the intellectual property system and information in patent documents for their own research and development.

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PROGRAM PERFORMANCE REPORTING FOR MFDR

Considering the growing emphasis today on Management for Development Results (MfDR), performance measurement and management is undoubtedly here to stay. MfDR requires credible data and procedures for forecasting expected results, and robust statistics

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GUIDE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM AFRICAN ENTERPRISES ON USING TRADEMARKS

Trademarks started to play an important role as countries industrialized and since then have become a major marketing tool. Their use by Africa’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is crucial for their growth, as SMEs are at the heart of Africa’s dynamism.

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GUIDE FOR AFRICAN JOURNALISTS: Communicating research findings to laypeople

This guide aims to boost journalists’ performance in communicating research findings, by extracting the right information from research reports to present to their readers, whether the public or policy makers. It aims to help African journalists (and communication specialists and editors) to develop tools and skills to explain research findings from these types of reports.

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ASSESSING LEARNING OUTCOMES OF MFDR INITIATIVES

This note provides guidance on how to assess learning outcomes by listing important questions
to ask at every stage of the MfDR process: strategic planning; program implementation;
monitoring and evaluation; documentation and dissemination of learning.

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GUIDANCE ON ASSESSING THE PERFORMANCE OF MFDR

This note specifies numerous categories of performance, critical steps in laying the groundwork for assessment, and essential elements of a monitoring plan.

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RESULTS-BASED BUDGETING FOR MFDR INITIATIVES

This knowledge note presents recommendations as to the best way to implement results-based budgeting, which include taking concrete steps—even if just a few—toward linking budget and results, involving top budget officials much earlier and much more deeply in the planning process, and keeping the program budgeting system as simple as possible.

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GUIDELINES FOR ADOPTING REPRODUCIBLE PRINCIPLES IN EVALUATING DEVELOPMENT INTERVENTIONS IN AFRICA

The objectives of these guidelines are to a) define the reproducibility principle, b) discuss the various pieces of software that can facilitate the application of reproducibility principles in evaluation contexts, and c) propose the next steps for applying the reproducible principles in the evaluation of development interventions.

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GUIDELINES FOR INITIATING AND MANAGING EVALUATIONS

These guidelines seek to articulate in a logical and sequential manner the steps involved in commissioning and managing evaluations. Based on information from secondary sources, this knowledge product presents four key steps and the
tools required at each of them.

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THE 7-STEP APPROACH FOR SETTING UP AN OPEN DATA INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE MFDR PRACTICE IN AFRICA

This guide provides specific instructions on how to set up an open data initiative. First it outlines the requisite steps
for setting up an open data initiative. The specific steps are as follows: (1) Engage stakeholders, (2) Decide on what data should be public, (3) Apply for an open license, (4) Choose appropriate data formats, (5) Make data discoverable, (6) Review, Learn, and improve, and (7) Linking MfDR pillars to open data.

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EVIDENCE BASED DATA FOR MFDR INITIATIVES

MfDR requires credible data and procedures for forecasting expected results, and robust statistics,
performance monitoring systems and evaluation protocols for assessing actual performance and feeding it
back into the planning and budgeting cycles.

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GUIDELINES FOR ANALYZING A GENDER-RESPONSIVE BUDGET

This guide presents seven possible tools. The choice of tools depends ultimately on data availability, human expertise, and constraints of time and other resources such as access to computers. It also presents the prerequisites to implement and institutionalize GRB analysis, and the benefits of GRB analysis for governments, women, and citizens’ groups.

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PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR SHARING KNOWLEDGE ON MfDR INITIATIVES WITH RURAL COMMUNITIES

This knowledge product combines well-known knowledge sharing methods and the realities of rural communities in Africa. It proposes a 5-steps process that includes audience analysis, knowledge audit, and analysis of existing communication channels, generating and disseminating knowledge.

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Procedures and Installation Guide for Open Source Statistical Software: A focus on R-Statistics and RStudio

An advantage of using the integrated environment of R-Statistics/RStudio is that the user can combine data analysis with report writing. RStudio makes it easy to use rmarkdown files and the knitr package to embed all analysis code and text and produce three report formats (MS Word, HTML, and PDF), aiding collaboration.

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