Making Research Work

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?

Welcome to our 3-month blended-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


Course components

Two-week group training in the Netherlands (residential/in-person)

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 visit and talk to stakeholders that are part of action-research processes in the Netherlands 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.  

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

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 2-4 hours per week in the month before and after the two-week group training 
  • Are proficient in English


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




Date and venue

12 - 23 April 2021 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (15 March - 28 May full programme incl online learning)
5 - 16 Oct 2020 | Wageningen, the Netherlands (7 Sept - 20 Nov full programme incl online learning)
The October course above has been transformed into an online version. It is spread over the period 12 Oct 2020 - 29 Jan 2021, max 8 hours a week for 12 weeks, with a break over the Dec/Jan holidays




Due to the current issues around COVID-19, our May and October 2020 courses planned in Wageningen have been temporarily transformed into online courses, due to the current travel restrictions related to COVID-19.  All course participants were informed personally and we will keep them updated on developments.  

Course costs

Tuition fee: 4479 euros

cost options

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

Terms & conditions for courses

Scholarship information
& application form

MSP application opens 2 September

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