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.
Making your research accessible
If research can’t be found, or is not easily understood by target audiences it simply does not travel, falling at the first hurdle in the process of trying to bring about change.
Research Media explains why infographics are becoming the tool of choice when it comes to impactful science communication to policy makers and the public.
Nyasha Musandu recently sat down with Ronald Munatsi, Director of ZeipNet, to discuss their role in facilitating the mainstreaming of evidence into policy-making processes in Zimbabwe.
Dr Ben Skuse investigates how social media platforms like ResearchGate and increasingly ambitious citizen science projects like the Encyclopedia of Life are spurring a new inclusive scientific culture that embraces the public in the scientific process – open science
The Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications programme has produced a toolkit that contains resources and materials to help plan, package and disseminate research. It includes reflections from think tanks and mentors.
Thanks to everyone who has been following Policy Brief Week 2014 here on R2A. It’s been a great week with lots of interesting content and discussion on the site and through social media. We hope everyone feels like they know a little bit more about writing effective policy briefs.
What does the ever increasing availability of an internet connection mean for a policy brief? Policy Briefs have become a popular means for researchers to speak to policy audiences, but there are reasons to suggest that their popularity may be declining.
In the spirit of using old knowledge to inform the new, we have gone through our archives to bring you the five top resources, guides and articles of yesteryear. Let us know if you think we have missed something!
In this post Laura ffrench-Constant argues that many of the perceived problems researchers face when writing policy briefs can be unpacked and even solved with some careful consideration and the right advice.
This guide outlines how to make the most of your policy brief, by using strategic planning and targeted engagement with policy actors, to help you achieve positive policy influence.
As a means of bringing into focus the need for clear and effective messaging within policy briefs we are launching a twitter game as part of Policy Brief Week: #r2aconundrums.
A recent workshop at BIGD aimed at providing participants a basic understanding of research communication, while also introducing a range of appropriate channels and tools.