Communicating research for influence – a guide

coverThe Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has published Communicating research for influence: Strategies and challenges for bringing about change. APC reports that the guide is “based on our success stories and challenges in communicating research for influence” and that they translated their “knowledge and expertise into tips that other organisations or campaigners may find useful.”

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Online public consultation in Brazil – Interview with Fabro Steibel

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) recently published an interview with Fabro Steibel, one of the authors of the chapter on online public policy consultations, Policy, research and online public consultations in Brazil and Uruguay, published in Comunica’s recent book, Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The interview, in Spanish only, is on the APC website.

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Educación 2020 – Interview with Eduardo Araya

Educación 2020The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) recently published an interview with Eduardo Araya, one of the authors of the chapter on Educación 2020 published in Comunica’s recent book, Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The interview, in Spanish only, is on the APC website.

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Interview on Impact 2.0

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) recently published an interview with Bruce Girard, one of the editors of Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy. The interview, in Spanish only, is on the APC website. According to APC, they will soon publish interviews with Eduardo Araya, co-author of the chapter on Educación 2020 and Fabro Steibel, who researched the Brazilian case and co-authored the chapter on public consultations.

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Documenting challenges of the Blanchisseuse fishing industry

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) and the University of the West Indies cooperated on a pilot project to use participatory video to help the fishers of Blanchisseuse, a small Trinidad and Tobago fishing community, document challenges of fishing in their community and share these with partners who can help them to address these problems. The project was produced with the support of a small grant awarded following the workshop Caribbean Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy, organised by Fundación Comunica and Panos Caribbean in February 2011.

The video was made during a two-day workshop at which eleven community members discussed, analysed, and documented the challenges they face, while producing this eight and a half minute documentary. The video was shot on mobile telephones.

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10 data visualization tips

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has just completed a survey of the use of data visualization techniques to better communicate the results of the development research it supports. They looked at 330 docments (including academic reports, project reports, media publications, etc.) and the good news is that 48% of them included some form of data visualization. The not so good news was that “the majority of this visualization-use was focused on the insertion of charts and graphs into publications or presentation slides. There were very few examples of advanced visualizations, and none of the documents demonstrated truly innovative or ground-breaking design use.”

In addition to the study, IDRC also produced a short publication with 10 useful tips for data visualization. All the documents are available in English and French and the 10 Data Visualization Tips is also available in Spanish as 10 Sugerencias para la visualización de datos.

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Out To Sea on the Internet

Out To Sea: The Decline of the Sea Egg Fishery is the title of a documentary film directed by Lyn Marie Davis of the MarGov Project.Lyn Marie was one of the participants at last year’s workshop “Caribbean Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy” and the video is the product of one of the small grants awarded after the workshop. It tells the story of how a multi-stakeholder approach to policy design is helping to sustain the sea urchin fishery in Barbados. The approach grew out of a research project undertaken by the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) and financed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). 

Documentary | Out To Sea: The Decline of the Sea Egg Fishery FULL from Caribbean Webcast on Vimeo.

This documentary reports on a research project undertaken by the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) and financed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). www.idrc.ca

Directed by Lyn-Marie Deane
Director of Photography Richard Lynch
Produced by Caribbean Webcast Inc.
Project Management by Stronghold Entertainment

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Video: Linking research and policy

Based on interviews and participant comments recorded during the workshop “Caribbean Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy” held in Kingston, Jamaica in February 2011, this video looks at why and how researchers communicate with policymakers, the media and the public.

The video includes comments from IDRC president, David Malone; Monte Solberg and Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, both members of IDRC’s Board of Governors; and Professors Hopeton Dunn and Kim Mallalieu of the University of West Indies in Jamaica and Barbados.

The workshop was organised by Fundación Comunica and Panos Caribbean in collaboration with the Telecommunications Policy and Management Programme of the Mona School of Business,UWI and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

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Social media: A guide for researchers

Social media: A guide for researchersWe just came across this publication – it would have been useful for last month’s workshop on new mechanisms for linking research and policy…

Social media is an important technological trend that has big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate. Researchers have a huge amount to gain from engaging with social media in various aspects of their work.
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Comunica launches Impact 2.0 iGuide

Comunica logoFundación Comunica, together with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), has launched the Impact 2.0 iGuide: New mechanisms for linking research and policy, a guide designed to help researchers identify the right Web 2.0 tools for establishing links with policy makers, for building their online presence and credibility and for effectively communicating their research.

Written by Cheekay Cinco, Karel Novotný (both APC) and Bruce Girard (Fundación Comunica), the guide is designed for use by researchers and research organisations who want their work to support and influence public policies.

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