This guide to Twitter takes you from setting up an account, through building Twitter relationships, to creating and managing lists. It also focuses on policies and procedures, style and tone-of-voice and strategic Twitter goals.
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.
This guide, developed by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), offers guidance on the use of data visualization, the different stages of visualization development and how it is relevant to communicating your research.
This simple guide, developed by IDS as part of the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communcations (PEC) programme, is desiged to help people understand what strategic communications is, and what it is not, from a research communications perspective.
This guide provides a sample of frameworks around getting research into policy, which may be of use to think tanks and researchers alike.
The following practical tips have been put together to assist you in making the most of twitter, specifically monitoring and evaluating the impact your twitter activity is having.
Earlier this year we explored why case studies are a bridge to influence. Researchers who work in development will always hope to engage, inform and inspire. Her rare 10 points to help you tell your impact story more clearly.
This guidance note aims to support DFID-funded research programmes as they develop and implement their research uptake strategy. Research programmes which are part-funded by DFID should consult with their DFID programme manager to determine which part(s) apply to them.
Presenting a paper at a conference, or being a discussant at a workshop round table can be stressful, but preparation, structure, sensible design and good content will always see you through.
When writing a policy brief, there are many things one has to consider: The language has to be just right, not too technical but professional. The length has to be brief yet informative and most of all it needs to speak to a pre-identified and targeted audience.
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.
These guidelines, developed through the University of Cape Town’s OpenUCT Initiative take academics through a four step process to improving their online presence, and taking charge of their online visibility.
IDRC have put together this useful guide entitled “How to write a policy brief”. It covers pretty much everything you need to think about when developing a new brief, from framing the problem and defining the structure, to developing actionable recommendations.