Communications

P&I and contributors seek to understand the challenges that both researchers and policymakers face when attempting to engage with each other on complex ideas and situations, as well as identify innovative channels and tools to communicate research.

 

Our achievements in 2015 and our desires for 2016

As we say goodbye to a very good 2015 and we look with inspiration and enthusiasm into this brand new 2016, we´d like to share our achievements, and what we have learned and enjoyed as well as our hopes for the New Year. See Politics & Ideas’...Read More »

Strategising Research Communication at CSTEP: building an effective team

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Arushi Sen, Senior Communication Officer, and Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head of Communication and Policy Engagement at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP). ‘Strategising Research Communication at CSTEP’ is a two-part article that...Read More »


Strategising Research Communication at CSTEP: developing a communications strategy

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Arushi Sen, Senior Communication Officer, and Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head of Communication and Policy Engagement at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP). ‘Strategising Research Communication at CSTEP’ is a two-part article that...Read More »


Standards & Guidelines: An Effective Tool for Researchers and think tanks

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Bhavna Sharma, Associate, Communication and Policy Engagement, and Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head Communication and Policy Engagement at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

 

Background

In most...Read More »


Independent Analysis and Ethics: The case of the “Uncomfortable Truth”

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published at Research to Action. During a session on the role of ethics at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange, Margarita Beneke De Sanfeliu, from FUSADES,...Read More »


Showcasing Policy Impact through Cinema

[Editor’s note: This post was written by  Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head of Communication and Policy Engagement, and Arushi Sen, Media Coordinator, at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

 

The Beginning

As a communication tool, Center for Study of Science,...Read More »


Structuring Data Management

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Bhavna Sharma, Database Management Consultant, and  Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head Communication and Policy Engagement at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

 

According to the Wikipedia, “…as a general-purpose DBMS is designed...Read More »


Think Tanks and communications: the challenge of being reasonable, resourceful and proactive

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Henna Mahmood and Shubha Jayaram, Senior Communications Associate and Senior Program Officer at Results for Development Institute (R4D).]

 

From 2013-2014, Results for Development Institute (R4D), together with Read More »


Final postcard from the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Richard Darlington, Head of News at IPPR and co-founder of WonkComms, at Think Tank Review. Other Richard’s postcards from TTIX2015...Read More »


TTIX 2015: re-visiting the endless possibilities of written communications

P&I was invited to moderate two sessions during the Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2015 in Istanbul. The first one focused its attention on written tools for communications. Representatives from three think tanks (Dushni Weerakoon from IPS, Sri Lanka, José Angel Quirós from Read More »


Sharing data: a first step using infographics

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[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Maria Urbina-Fauser, Programme Officer at the Think Tank Initiative IDRC at Research to Action.]

“How can we best share the vast amount of data we have on over...Read More »


The Think Tank Initiative´s Global Exchange: an opportunity to foster peer (and non-peer!) learning

By Nyctalimon with CC license

P&I has been invited to participate in the upcoming Think Tank Initiative´s Global Exchange that will bring together up to 200 think tanks, donors, and other research-to-policy stakeholders to...Read More »


Annual Report - a Powerful Communicating Tool

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head, Communication & Policy Engagement Team at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

 

An Annual Report in today’s context has become an important communication material. Some organisations use...Read More »


Communication off the map: three principles for policy influence in emerging democracies

[Editor’s note: This post originally appeared at Research to Action. It was written by Nicholas Benequista, a researcher with an interest in media, social movements and how to build better connections between theory and action. He is currently working on a...Read More »


Selecting diverse ways to reach audiences: a strategically ongoing effort

In this previous post about how think tanks are segmenting communications to reach diverse audiences we shared some findings of this study, mainly centred in the levels and tools with which these organisations go around segmentation. One of the main...Read More »


The challenge of communicating with different actors: is segmentation a good investment for think tanks?

Think tanks are increasingly asking themselves how they can fine tune their communications so as to interact more effectively with the several stakeholders that are part of their field of action: from politicians and bureaucrats, to similar organisations and donors. Moreover, as they re-think about their policy influence efforts they...Read More »


Getting policy makers to hear community voices

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Rebecca Pointer, Information and Communication Officer at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape. She...Read More »


Open letter, a communication strategy to influence policy decision makers

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Luz Helena Sanchez Gomez, MD MPH. She is Executive Director and Senior Researcher at the Colombian Association for Health in the field of Health Policy & Systems.]

An open letter to the public servants has been a modality of participation in the field...Read More »


Good communications is not enough to get evidence into policy

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Clara Richards, programme manager at INASP, and was originally published at INASP’s blog]

I originally shared these thoughts on the Evidence-Based Policy...Read More »


Power and ideology are the keys to communicating research

[Editor’s Note: This post is a reflection on the webinar ‘Nevermind the research piece! Communicating in Policy Environments’. It was written by Rebecca Pointer, one of the speakers at the webinar and Information and Communications...Read More »


An insight into the Webinar “Nevermind the research piece! Communicating in policy environments”

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Leandro Echt, Coordinator of the Influence, Monitoring and Evaluation Program at CIPPEC. This article is also available in Spanish at VIPPAL.]

The webinar “Nevermind the research piece! Communicating in policy environments” took place on March 18th, with...Read More »


Should we start building a 'networked communications' culture?

We are ready to re-frame the way we think and talk about how communications can contribute for research to inform public policies. We need to think more about ‘networked communications’, which means communicating with others, instead of crafting plans, strategies and activities that build only on what our institution or...Read More »


FREE Webinar: Never mind the research piece! Communicating in policy environments

Join us on March 18 at 2 p.m. GMT for a FREE webinar by Politics&Ideas and CIPPEC (with the support of GDNet) on how to re-think our current focus in research communications. We will propose to de-centre it from the research work and instead focus on the context of policy...Read More »


The communication of research -from our Topic Guide

A lot is said about the communication of research. Over the last few years there have been significant changes in the ways that funders view communications and the role it plays within research centres and projects. DFID, for example, has gone from demanding at least 10% of research grants and...Read More »


The communication of research: insights from our Topic Guide

The communication of research is a subject that concerns many in the policy research communities across the developing world. The subject is extensive and covers more than just the channels and tools that research centres and other similar organisations employ...Read More »


The future of think tank communications in Peru

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Two months ago, a group of UK based think tank communicators organised an event on the future of think tank communications.

In response, GRADE and

This post was written by Rebecca Pointer, Information and Communication Officer, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape.

Land reform is one of the most hotly debated political topics in the South African media terrain, so getting media...Read More »


Clear rules for a publishing process

Editor’s note: This post was jointly written with Analistas Independientes de Guatemala’s team

Analistas Independientes de Guatemala (Independent Analysts of Guatemala) emerged in 2011 as a group of professionals that came together on a virtual platform, to write and talk about ideas for improving Guatemala’s social reality. In August 2011, the...Read More »


An "evidence and communications stalemate" regarding GMOs in Zambia

An important question for researchers to ask themselves is what factors affect how evidence is used in policy debates – in other words, the politics of evidence-based policymaking. This is precisely what ODI and the Mwananchi program decided to look into through their Politics of Research-based Uptake in African Policy...Read More »


Health research and the media – challenges in communication

Research centres such as think tanks might produce noteworthy findings on advancements in the health sector. Yet, what factors impede journalists to accurately report health research and support debate on health? A report by Robert Vincent, Senior HIV and AIDS adviser to PANOS London points...Read More »


Say no to developing new communication channels that are not linked to your core business

[Editor’s note: This Idea was shared by Laura Zommer, CIPPEC’s former Head of Communications and current Director of Chequeado.com]

I was Director of communication at CIPPEC, a leading think tank in Latin America, for almost eight years. When I...Read More »


Online course on Research communications

Are you interested in better communicating your research to inform policymaking? Have you ever wondered whether there are any specific methodologies and approaches that could help you prioritize and focus your communication activities so that you increase possibilities of your evidence influencing public policies even in a complex and changing...Read More »