Zilper Audi, Communications Officer at IEA Kenya, summarizes IEA Kenya’s positive experience with social media as well as outlines a number of reasons why think tanks need to get on social media.
Knowing your audience
Not everyone will find your research useful. You need to know who your audience is and what information they need in order to communicate with them effectively.
Paula Fray outlines four critical questions which think tanks and other organizations should answer when seeking to engage the media around policy research in the African context.
Nick Benequista argues that think tanks strategic focus, on either supporting evidence-based policies or enhancing public policy decision-making, shapes the way they should be communicating and engaging with stakeholders.
This guide provides an introduction to stakeholder engagement, introducing a number of tools that can be used to better understand who your stakeholders are.
Duncan Green proposed a novel idea whilst giving a talk promoting his latest book at the University of Edinburgh: NGOs can teach academics a lot about impact.
Social media is allowing us to reach new audiences, disseminate research and information and ultimately connect with anyone anywhere at the drop of a hat. Is that to say though, that we are using this ever increasing phenomenon to it’s full potential? Can it change the world?
Researchers and their organisations may feel that Instagram does not fit well into their online communication efforts, but in this post Betty Allen argues it could prove to be a handy weapon when communicating research.
Arnaldo Pellini (ODI) explores the increasing interest among development organisations to find ways of better understanding the countries and sectors in which they operate through the use of political economy analysis.
A Slideshare by Steve Raybould, full of comprehensive yet simple information on stakeholder analysis
Nyasha Musandu explores the value and challenges associated with mapping context as a first step in strategizing for policy influence. Nyasha’s reflections come from her work on the 3ie Policy Influence and Monitoring (PIM) project.
COMDIS-HSD have just launched this valuable guide that describes how to achieve an embedded approach to health research. Supply and demand are brought together in this interesting approach.
Lindsey Jones (ODI) shares his thoughts on translating research into policy and practice, while also challenging the existing incentives for researchers to think proactively about influence and change.