On Tuesday (26/6), the Institute of International Studies (IIS) conducted a limited sharing discussion session on “Research Management” in collaboration with the Research Center for Politics and Governance (PolGov) of the Department of Politics and Government of Universitas Gadjah Mada (DPP UGM). The activity was held in the IIS meeting room and was attended by IIS and PolGov staff. This discussion provided the opportunity for knowledge sharing between the two research institutions in regards to research process, starting from the planning stage to the management of research output.
“The research itself is only one of many activities in PolGov. It must be remembered that research requires a long process starting from the preparation of proposals, budgeting, staffing, and others”, said Yusnita Ike Christanti, the PolGov manager.
In conducting research, Devy Dhian, a senior PolGov researcher and UGM DPP lecturer, stated that there are at least four stages of work, that include: (a) Preliminary research which includes budgeting, gathering ideas through literature review and focus group discussion; Then (b) collecting the data which means field-work to carry out in-depth interviews or other data collection methods; (c) Research report, which includes data processing activities to be framed with what was found in the literature review. At this stage, there are two reports that must be done, namely the research report and financial report; And finally, (d) dissemination as a process of distributing research results, both in the form of seminars, conferences, books, and others.
In the initial stages of research, or the process of preparing proposals, Devy stated that the most important thing in the proposal was the novelty and urgency of the topic offered.
“Of course this whole process is followed by discussions between researchers and lecturers involved,” she added.
Anastasia Imelda, an assistant researcher at PolGov, also added the importance of discussion between researchers that are often facilitated by various office activities. “(Communication is first built through) Discussion, both for internal capacity building and for the research. We will always conduct workshops before and during the research itself, for internal discussions on relevant topics, and for sharing the results of the research itself. So, when researchers have to go to the field, they will keep on track with the workshop and discussion,” Anastasia said.
Good communication will ease the monitoring and evaluation of ongoing research. This process is considered important to ensure the research results are in accordance with the agreement and initial planning, especially in terms of data collection and processing. Monitoring and evaluation is carried out at two levels, the internal and external levels. Yet it didn’t stop there, the research process also includes dissemination to present research results through seminars, conferences, books, and other media. The research output and type of report generally depends on the research’s sponsor. One of them is conducted through RegINA (Resource Governance in Asia Pacific) as a form of knowledge sharing at the regional level.
Writer: Sonya Teresa Debora & Denise Michelle
Translator: Ilham Adamy