Making Research Work

Solving complex agri-food problems through action research


Would you like to see research translated into tangible interventions, making an impact on society?

Course content (online)


Main topics

Exploring research processes  
  • Characteristics of action research versus other type of research 
  • Capacities (knowledge, skills and attitudes) required to be effective in research. 
Building trust with stakeholders 
  • Trust as a condition for innovation 
  • Understanding interests and look for common ground without compromising 
Debating & using better argumentation in writing and speaking 
Writing winning research proposals  
  • What donors look for in a proposal, how to write for a donor and how donors read and evaluate a proposal 
  • Engaging donors, potential partners and target groups 
Communicating research results

 Current course dates:

*2 Nov 2022 – 22 Jan 2023| Blended course: online/part-time and
including one week face-to-face group training: 16 – 22 Jan 2023

**Scholarship deadline has passed


From the start of 2022 we intend to give our courses in a blended format (combination of online and face-to-face) again unless the COVID-19 situation prevents this.  In that case we will revert to fully online.  The online programme of this course includes collective sessions, assignments, coaching and individual feed-back.  It is designed in such a way that you can plan and pace part of the  course work according to your own convenience.



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Course Information

Course Overview

Welcome to our learning programme. ‘Making Research Work’ shows you how to take an action-research approach, allowing you to become well-versed in involving and getting the commitment of stakeholders, and to jointly define and solve  problems in your community. At the same time, you will get recognition for your impact on agricultural development.

The ‘Making Research Work’ course allows you to solve agri-food problems through action-research

This course helps you to achieve great and sustainable impact by teaching you….

  • To identify your role as a researcher in agricultural innovation processes
  • to deal and navigate the complexity and unpredictability that are inherent to innovation processes.
  • To get actors to be motivated and committed to engage with your research
  • To formulate and implement demand-driven research that serves the development needs of the community
  • To apply different research approaches in line with the goals
  • To write proposals that attract funding for action research
  • To explain complex ideas in an accessible way
  • To negotiate and understand different viewpoints
  • to understand yourself and your role as researcher in multi-stakeholder processes

In this online and blended training

You will learn about the building blocks of an action-research process and how to implement research projects in complex settings. You will learn how to involve the relevant stakeholders and motivate them to commit.  You will  have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders in your own working environment that are part of action-research processes and learn about the dynamics of such a process and the roles of the various actors.

You will learn how to translate research into tangible interventions and identify relevant actors to involve and guide research processes towards successful outcomes – while keeping everybody on board.

Digital modules (online)

The digital modules consist of audio and video files, transcripts, ready-made templates, background reading and practical assignments.

Individual coaching (online)

You will get personal feedback from the iCRA trainers and fellow trainees on your practical assignments as well as coaching – as you apply your learnings in your own context. We help you achieve your personal learning objectives and beyond

Online mastermind sessions (online)

During online group mastermind sessions, you can ask all the questions you like and discuss and reflect upon common challenges with your fellow trainees and iCRA trainer.

This is blended course, which is a combination of online learning elements and a week face-to-face group training including field visits in the Netherlands, provided the COVID-19 situation has been resolved.

Who can attend this course?

The course is specially designed for professionals who:

  • Are researchers from universities or research institutes working in agri- and food sector
  • Are ambitious and want to make a change
  • Are ready to invest 6 – 8 hours per week for the period of the training
  • Are proficient in English

Course Outcomes

The course will provide you with concrete skills that you may immediately apply in your work e.g. :

  • To identify your role as a researcher in agricultural innovation processes

  • To deal and navigate the complexity and unpredictability that are inherent to  innovation processes

  • To get actors to be motivated and committed to engage with your research

  • To formulate and implement demand-driven research that serves the development needs of the community

  • To apply different research approaches in line with the goals

  • To understand yourself and your role in a team and process

  • To write proposals that attract funding for action research

  • To explain complex ideas in an accessible way

  • To negotiate and understand different viewpoints

  • To understand yourself and your role as researcher in multi-stakeholder processes

“I don’t want my research to just sit on the bench. You want your research to translate. So I came to learn about demand-driven research.

iCRA Alumni Folakemi Oyewole - Federal institute of industrial research Nigeria

Course Cost

Tuition fee 2022: 4974 euros (blended programme)

Note: Price is excluding 21% VAT. Please contact iCRA to verify whether VAT applies. In some cases, VAT can be reclaimed by the employer. 

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Frequently asked questions



This course is a recognised NUFFIC course and therefore qualifies for OKP & MENA Scholarships. Each course participant will receive a certificate of attendance after successfully completing the course.  



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