Research to Action is joining The Guardian for a live chat tomorrow from 1 onwards on Development research: improving access and relevance
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.
New initiative by the UK government that seeks to create a series of evidence centres to improve the way evidence is used in policy.
Have a look at this research paper discussing how to create more for less with the use of evidence, from Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU) School of Management University of St Andrews.
Here is a great toolkit by ODI (Overseas Development Institute) RAPID (Research and policy in Development). This toolkit describes a range of tools that CSOs might use to understand and map political context, in order to engage more effectively in policy processes.
The Research to Action team were revisiting one of our favourite blogs Intelligent Measurement and came across this really great slideshare of a presentation given by Glenn O’Neill at the European Evaluation Society Conference in Helsinki, Finland in October 2012.
The Deputy Director of systematic reviews at 3ie (the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation), Phil Davies discusses how research doesn’t always provide straightforward answers to specific problems.
Mark Robinson, William Evans and Kirsty Newman from DFID’s Research and Evidence Division introduce the new “Assessing the Strength of Evidence” How to Note, which aims to improve the use of evidence within DFID.
Andrew Clappison argues there is one huge obstacle flying in the face of evidence informed policy making and that’s the fact we live in a socially constructed world, where politics, culture and power shapes peoples behaviour and norms.
Pete Cranston and Pier Andrea Pirani take a look at social media from the perspective of user engagement and explore some key issues that emerge.