In this blog-post, Henna Mahmood, outlines five improvements achieved to-date by Anglophone African think tanks participating in the Think Tank Initiative’s PEC Program.
Monitoring and evaluation
It’s not easy to measure the impact of development research in bringing about positive change. It’s even harder to show how communications efforts, and expenditure, helps to achieve both research objectives, and development outcomes. This section aims to offer key resources and insights to help support better monitoring and evaluation of research uptake activities.
This post presents three new podcasts, developed as part of the PEC programme, on measuring the impact of research communications. These will provide a focal point for a peer-learning event on March 12th.
James Georgalakis offers insight from a series of workshops in Nepal, as part of the Think Tanks Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications Programme, on the development of institutional level engagement strategies.
This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
Sparkwise is an online tool that allows you to create interactive and dynamic dashboards to display all of your website and social media statistics and metrics…in one place and for free!
The main purpose of Google Analytics is for tracking the traffic activity to and from your website, but how do you know which features you should be looking at and which ones are important to you?
Learning from one of IDSs latest ‘Practice Papers in Brief’provides some insights from conducting a Qualitative Document Analysis (QDA) on policy documents for the rural water sector.
Alternative metrics tools are a new way to track and measure the social impact of research in real time. Altmetrics tracks research via social media uptake, ciatation counts, mentions or bookmarks, attention in blogs and even Wikipedia posts.
Google also offers you a range of opportunities to report on and track the impact you and your research are having. This guide, written by Cheryl Brown and Siobhan Duvigneau, provides a number of simple ways to track and trace your research on the web.
Altmetrics (alternative metrics) are being hailed as a novel way to track the less tangible social impacts of research. Importantly too, altmetrics may provide a powerful tool to remedy the underrepresentation of Southern research in bibliometric data sets.
A team from the University of Exeter’s (UK) DESCRIBE project ,funded by JISC, have authored a report which gives guidance on the definition, evidence and structures required to capture research impacts and benefits.
Last week Research to Action attended the Future of Impact Conference in London, hosted by the DESCRIBE project (University of Exeter). The audio recordings are now available here as a podcast.