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Long course: Cutting-edge communications for research and policy

Long course: Cutting-edge communications for research and policy | Research communications | Scoop.it
Effective communication is central to being a successful think tank or advocacy group. It is a critical part of shaping policy and practice. It ensures that research is relevant and help
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Social media - Research to Action

Social media - Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
Social media is an ever changing field with new platforms and tools appearing each month, but one thing that has not changed is the potentia
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Communications in agriculture, as a means. Not a goal.

Communications in agriculture, as a means. Not a goal. | Research communications | Scoop.it
Confusion of goals and perfection of means, seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. Albert Einstein Will you forgive me, if I step onto my preaching soapbox for a moment? But this is a topic very dear to my heart. People often ask me for the latest trends in communications, where they refer to…
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Three ways that knowledge brokers can strengthen the impact of scientific research - Research to Action

Three ways that knowledge brokers can strengthen the impact of scientific research - Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
Background Knowledge brokers are increasingly advocated as a solution for bridging the gap between science and decision-making. However, despite growing rhetoric regarding the potentia
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Uptake Strategy Archives • Research to Action

Uptake Strategy Archives • Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
An Uptake Strategy is a planning tool that will help you to meet your goals and objectives. It should complement your project strategy, and use the objectives and indicators that you identified in your logframe or theory of change. It is not a dissemination checklist. The key elements of your uptake strategy are similar to any other strategy: What do you want to accomplish (objective)? Who do you need to communicate with in order to achieve those objectives (audience)? What do you want that audience to do (or know, etc.)? What do they do/know now (your baseline)? How will you measure your progress (indicators)? What resources do you have or need? Once you agree those basics, you can choose the tools that you can use, and tailor your information for each audience, starting with those who are most able to make happen the change that you seek.
Have a look below at some of the key resources available on R2A. There are a great many guides and toolkits for creating uptake (or communications) strategies. Choose the elements that are most appropriate for your project, and that are within your ability to use given your resources. Large projects or programmes should have a team of communications professionals – if you work on a smaller project that cannot afford communications staff then consider hiring someone to help you with your strategy. At very least seek out other DFID research projects that work in a similar area to your project and look at their strategies and interim and annual reports. Contact the projects and see if their communications staff are willing to help you learn, so that you can benefit from existing experience and networks. Your research staff will also be vital to members of your uptake team.
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How to produce a policy brief • Research to Action

How to produce a policy brief • Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
Policy briefs are useful influencing tools for think tanks and research institutions. This quick guide, developed as part of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications Program, is aimed at researchers and communications staff who are planning policy briefs for the first time, or want to review their approach.
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How to report scientific findings

How to report scientific findings | Research communications | Scoop.it
Tips on finding original, richer stories direct from scientific papers themselves, not just press releases.
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Agricultural Information Access Among Smallholder Farmers: Comparative Assessment of Peri-Urban and Rural Settings in Kenya | Odongo | Agricultural Information Worldwide

Agricultural Information Access Among Smallholder Farmers: Comparative Assessment of Peri-Urban and Rural Settings in Kenya
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Debate: Why aren’t farmers using agricultural tech?

Debate: Why aren’t farmers using agricultural tech? | Research communications | Scoop.it
Join our online discussion on why many smallholders in the global South can be slow to adopt innovations/new technology.
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Various factors weigh in and determine whether farmers will take up a technology or not. See my recent paper from a study on similar area of investigation here: http://journals.sfu.ca/iaald/index.php/aginfo/article/view/665

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How to: write the perfect press release for journalists

How to: write the perfect press release for journalists | Research communications | Scoop.it
Journalism.co.uk asked its readers what they want - and what they don't - from a release
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The do's and don'ts of successful media engagement - Research to Action

The do's and don'ts of successful media engagement - Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
Media engagement can seem like a minefield to the uninitiated scientist. Getting 2015 off to a positive start, Research Media’s Ben McCluskey offers a helping hand, highlighting some of the common pitfalls and providing guidelines for getting engagement right.
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Calls for proposals

Calls for proposals | Research communications | Scoop.it
The ResUp MeetUp Symposium and Training Exchange is an exciting opportunity to meet and learn from fellow research uptake practitioners. More information about each part of the event are described ...
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Part Art, Part Science: Knowledge Brokerage in Global Decision-making - APHRC

Part Art, Part Science: Knowledge Brokerage in Global Decision-making - APHRC | Research communications | Scoop.it
by Danielle Doughman Following on its special issue The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development, the Institute of Development Studies, the Impact Initiative, and Health Systems Global co-hosted a webinar on how “social” aspects contributed to strengthening evidence-informed decision-making. While technical capacities (such as translating a high volume of technical information in a digestible manner) are …
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Secrets of good science writing | Science | The Guardian

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Handbook of the Science of Science Communication published by Oxford

Handbook of the Science of Science Communication published by Oxford | Research communications | Scoop.it
From vaccinations to climate change, nuclear power to fracking, the weight of scientific evidence and the perceptions of the public are often deeply at odds. Political controversies arise over issues involving long-settled scientific issues as well as emerging technologies. The rapidly changing media environment complicates the communication of sound science. To illuminate these and other issues, Oxford University Press has published The Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication.
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Research uptake: what is it and can it be measured?

Over the years I have come across many definitions of what research uptake is and is not. I find the term rather confusing and limiting -like most jargon. It creates an image in my mind: o
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Transferring innovation from universities to farms

Transferring innovation from universities to farms | Research communications | Scoop.it
A program in China immersing scientists in farms resulted in significant increase in crop yields.
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Communication vital for Africa to achieve the SDGs

Communication vital for Africa to achieve the SDGs | Research communications | Scoop.it
Effective science communication is key to Africa achieving the SDGs, writes Gilbert Nakweya.
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Three golden rules for researchers when trying to inform policy • Research to Action

Three golden rules for researchers when trying to inform policy • Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
In this post, we learn about the three golden rules for researchers when trying to inform policy, as set out by Dr. Charles Griffin
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Whose knowledge counts? - Research to Action

Whose knowledge counts? - Research to Action | Research communications | Scoop.it
There are many (brilliant and essential) initiatives around better linking academic research and policy such as 3ie, DRUSSA and Research Impact. However it is not just research-generated ‘knowledge’ that does and should inform development policy.
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Who, What, Where, When, Why: Using the 5 Ws to communicate your research

Who, What, Where, When, Why: Using the 5 Ws to communicate your research | Research communications | Scoop.it
A lay summary can be a useful approach to breaking down barriers and making research accessible. A good summary focuses on the important aspects of the research, but distilling this information is ...
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Four questions researchers need to ask before using the web to communicate their research

Four questions researchers need to ask before using the web to communicate their research | Research communications | Scoop.it
Adopting new tools can open up more effective ways of working and communicating research. But the new terrain can be daunting. Andy Tattersall breaks down the complexity and poses four initial ques...
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