Tag Archives: Research communication

How large-scale research writing courses are making a difference in the Global South

The AuthorAID MOOCs in research writing are finalists for a prestigious award from the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers (ALPSP). The winner of this award will be announced this evening. As we wait to hear how we did, I share in this blog what I told the ALPSP annual conference yesterday. Continue reading

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Ten Videos on Evidence and Policy

Here are a few of our favourite videos featuring researchers, policymakers and practitioners all over the world discussing key issues in evidence-informed policy: what it is, what the challenges are, and how to address them. Got more to share? Please tell us in the comments! 1 What is EIPM? Here Louise Shaxson of the Overseas Development Institute’s Research and Policy in Development programme draws on her experience with the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to explain the concept of evidence-informed policy making, highlighting the role of processes within public institutions: “you can have the best evidence in the world but if you put it through poor processes you won’t get good evidence informed policy making”. At INASP we see these processes as a complex set of structures, relationships and behaviours within public institutions that shape how evidence is gathered, synthesised, appraised and communicated to inform policy. 2) Getting … Continue reading

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Open Access plays a vital role in developing-country research communication

In an article first published in a special Open Access-themed edition of  ISMTE’s EON Magazine, INASP’s Andy Nobes considers Open Access and its role in developing-country research communication. Open Access (OA) has always resonated strongly with INASP’s vision of improving access, production, and use of research in developing countries. We meet many researchers, journal editors, and librarians who are passionate about OA as a means of revolutionising access and research communication (both locally and internationally), aiding global collaboration, and helping them to reach their development goals. Knowledge and implementation of OA principles amongst researchers is growing but remains patchy across different regions, and there are many misconceptions about what it means in practice. Meanwhile, OA journal publishing in the global South is progressing, but there are still barriers to overcome. Confusion over definitions of Open Access In our work with researchers in lower-middle income countries in Africa, Latin America, and … Continue reading

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Good communications is not enough to get evidence into policy

I originally shared these thoughts on the Evidence-Based Policy in Development Network (ebpdn) and after sparking some discussion, I thought it’d be good to also share them here on INASP’s Practising Development blog too. A colleague, Kirsty Newman, was recently looking for an example of research that had influenced policy not because of the quality of the findings but because of the lobbying and communication skills of a researcher and/or think tank. After thinking about this, I’m not actually sure that such an example exists, for three different reasons:

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The role of the researcher in policy making – thoughts from the recent PLAAS conference

I attended the Politics of poverty research symposium organised by PLAAS.  It was a great space to discuss some of the tensions inherent in the use of evidence in policy making and explore how those tensions affect researchers (particularly social science researchers) and policy makers.  Reflecting on some of the discussions from the conference a few points struck me about the role of the researcher in the policy making process which I thought would be worth sharing.

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Discussing science over a steaming cup of coffee

Gilchriste Ndongwe is the Project Manager of the Knowledge and Library Unit at Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis Research Unit (ZEPARU) and a member of the Research Council of Zimbabwe. Most people in Zimbabwe consider a café an ideal place to catch up with friends and relatives. Historically, “café society” has offered other forms of social interaction, like live music, poetry readings and even stand-up comedy. Few people would imagine discussing science over a steaming cup of coffee with a live band, but in recent years the café has become the chic venue for weighty issues.  Around the world a growing trend is to share a jolt of java with managed discussions from invited scientists. In this friendly, informal and interactive setting, they unravel their mysterious world with the public and colleagues alike. This approach to science communication is known as the Science Café. The first of these in Zimbabwe were recently … Continue reading

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