Research Use and Impact Assessment

Panel dissects State of the Nation at book launch earlier this week

The new HSRC Press publication State of the Nation: South Africa 2012-2013, the sixth book in this series, was launched in Cape Town this week. The event featured a high-level panel discussion led by Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery executive director Judith February.

The book focuses specifically on inequality and poverty. Like the State of the Nation address that is delivered by the president annually, a new volume in this series is presented every year and grapples with some of the pertinent issues facing the country.

Policy proposal to ensure fairer assessment in education

There is mounting pressure to demonstrate accountability of public expenditure in South Africa. In education, this means an increasing public demand to find causes and remedies for inadequate learner achievement.

South Africa has a high enrolment rate and a high investment rate in education (about 5 per cent of GDP), but education is still of unsatisfactory quality (reflected in poor results from international and national standardised assessment).

Call by the Academy of Finland and the NRF results in a collaboration between researchers

14 February 2013  | Research Use and Impact Assessment

The picture was taken during a proposal writing meeting held at HRSC offices in Pretoria from 5 to 7 September 2012. The meeting was between researchers from HSRC, University of Limpopo and University of Tampere (Finland) who are collaborating on a research proposal in response to the call by the Academy of Finland and the National Research Foundation (NRF). 

Positioning Africa as a global astronomy hub

11 September 2012  | Latest News  | Research Use and Impact Assessment

Speech by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor MP, at the HSRC annual social-science research conference, Maropeng, 10 September 2012. Conference website:

New SA web portal on children's rights launched

11 September 2012  | Research Use and Impact Assessment

PAN: Children will provide high-quality, timely information which can be used to inform decision making and policy. It will strengthen the dialogue between the producers and the users of child-related research evidence to build networks between researchers and policy makers. The aim is also to generate debates on key policy issues affecting children in South Africa.

Getting the most out of policy networks

In this first issue of From Evidence to Action of 2012, we look at networks and, specifically, the role they play in changing policy. Our feature article, Getting the most out of policy networks, examines what a network actually is and what makes them effective.  Read more...

Celebrating The Voices of Liberation

HSRC Press is proud to launch the first two books in its new Voices of Liberation series. This series celebrates the lives and writings of South African and African liberation activists and heroes. The human, social and literary contexts presented in this series have a critical resonance and bearing on where we come from, who we are and how we can choose to shape our destiny. Find out more about the books...

Launch of French translation of The Meanings of Timbuktu

This volume, authored by leading international scholars and launched in English in 2008, is now also available in French. The French translation, Tombouctou: Pour une histoire de l’érudition en Afrique de l’Ouest,  was launched on 3 May by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the HSRC in Dakar, Senegal.

Reconciling the Irreconcilable: The Traditional Courts Bill

The HSRC will host another seminar on the Traditional Courts Bill on 25 July 2012. The presenters will include Sizani Ngubane of the Rural Women’s Movement (RWM) of South Africa and Adv Patekile Holomisa, Chairperson, Joint Committee on Constitutional Review and President of CONTRALESA.  Find out more about the seminar...

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