2017 has been a busy year for Research to Action! We facilitated two new webinar series ‘A cup of tea with…‘ and the ‘Research Uptake Roundtables‘, launched our first Instagram Takeover and hosted guest editor ASSAR for a specially themed ‘R2A Climate Month’ in November. Elsewhere, the development communications world is every changing, with conference favourite Storify announcing its closure, ‘fake news’ winning 2017 word of the year and the American CDC being advised not to use the terms ‘evidence-based’ or ‘science-based’.
Without further ado, the most read posts from 2017 in reverse order are:
10. The Reading List about ‘Social Media‘ written by R2A, offering advice, tips and reflections on the importance of social media for research communication.
9. The Reading List about ‘Communicating research about ending violence against women and girls‘ curated by R2A, covering both guidance about tailoring research communication and examples of best practice.
8. The blog post ‘Social relationships are at the heart of knowledge for development‘ introducing the IDS and Impact Initiative’s edited collection of articles The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development.
7. The blog ‘Designing research for more strategic communications‘ by Ros Goodrich, Head of Research Communication at the IIED.
5. ‘Driving social change: Turning academic research into film‘ by Anna Sowa, shares the process and impact of creating an educational film about irrigation in Morocco.
4. ‘Trouble in paradise? The shaky relationship between evidence and policy‘ by authors Nasreen Jessani and Vivienne Benson, written from the Global Evidence Summit held in South Africa in September.
3. The announcement of the ‘New R2A Webinar Series‘ by R2A, which aimed to share expert’s views and experiences of research uptake and impact over a half an hour cup of tea.
2. A roundup of ‘DFID updates about research communications and uptake‘ by R2A.
1.’Three ways that knowledge brokers can strengthen the impact of scientific research‘ by author Chris Cvitanovic, presented the findings of a social network analysis of knowledge brokers in Australia.
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