Caribbean Impact 2.0

Impact 2.0 workshop participants

Caribbean Impact 2.0

Thirty-five people, including participants, resource people and expert trainers, participated in Caribbean Impact 2.0: New mechanisms for linking research and policy, a two-day workshop in Kingston, Jamaica 22-23 February 2011.

The workshop was the initial activity of an expert programme on new mechanisms for linking research and policy. It covered fundamentals in data visualisation techniques, Web 2.0 strategies for network building, research dissemination and impact, communication planning, and strategic use of video. Workshop followup includes the opportunity for participants to submit proposals to a competitive fund for the development of specific communication outputs that arise from the workshop.

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Impact 2.0 Kingston workshop draft agenda

The draft agenda for the workshop Impact 2.0 – New mechanisms for linking research & policy is now available. The workshop, an initial activity of the Expert Programme on New Mechanisms for Linking Research & Policy will be held 22-23 February in Kingston, Jamaica.

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New mechanisms for linking research & policy – Initial workshop 22-23 Feb ’11

The expert programme on new mechanisms for linking research & policy will hold an initial workshop on 22-23 February 2011 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica.

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Thirty people, including participants, resource people and expert trainers, will participate in a two-day workshop in Kingston, Jamaica 22-23 February 2011. The workshop is the initial activity of an expert programme on new mechanisms for linking research and policy and will cover fundamentals in communication planning, audio visual production, data visualisation techniques and Web 2.0 strategies for network building, research dissemination and impact. The programme also includes professional certification and a competitive fund for the development of specific communication outputs arising from the workshop.

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Tools on Datavisualization.ch

Datavisualization.chDatavisualization.ch claims to be “the premier news and knowledge resource for data visualization and infographics”and I have no reason to doubt them. Their “tools”section is one of the most interesting on their site.

To successfully visualize your ideas you need adequate tools. Pencil and paper for basic ideas. Pixel or Vector graphics for more precision. Scripting languages for interactive visualizations. Serverside data processing for dynamic or real-time visualizations. To give you an overview over the best tools available we introduce libraries, applications, web services and so on.

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Follow up to the workshop “Towards a Caribbean Open Institute: Data, Communications and Impact”

Before the year ends I want to let you know what we have been doing and thinking about as follow-up to the discussions we had on Communicating Research for Policy Influence during last July’s workshop “Towards a Caribbean Open Institute: Data, Communications and Impact”.

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Welcome to Impact 2 point 0!

This website will be used to plan and discuss capacity building activities on new mechanisms for communicating research for policy influence.

Policy development is a complex process and there are many reasons why even the best arguments backed by solid research can fail to be heard or to be acted on. Decision makers are barraged with conflicting demands, often supported by contradictory evidence, making it difficult for independent researchers to even be heard. Low levels of public understanding of and interest in policy issues, lack of political will, bureaucratic inertia, and counter arguments promoted by interests with their own agendas in mind further complicate the scenario.

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