Research on Open Education Resources for Development (ROER4D) is based in Cape Town, South Africa. It is implemented by the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). It has financial and technical support from IDRC, DFID and the OSF. The primary objective of this research network is to improve educational policy, practice, and research in developing countries by better understanding the use and impact of Open Educational Resources (OER).  The project provides evidence-based research from 18 sub-projects spread over a number of countries in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The DECI-2 mentorship combined UFE and ResCom from the beginning. The communication purposes and key evaluation questions were drawn directly from ROER4D’s project objectives. To a significant extent, DECI-2  contributed to ROER4D’s shift from preliminary research activities to full operationalization within an ‘Open Research’ ethos. The mentorship also assisted in teasing out intended purposes and key audiences for later activities such as curation and dissemination. As a result, ROER4D became more specific and explicit in its actions, something that was reflected in its final Theory of Change.