From June to September 2014, the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme is organizing four virtual write-shops on how to write different communications products.
29 July 2014
When working on policy influence in Africa, it is easy to encounter situations for which there is no guidebook available. The mentors hired as part of the TTI PEC programmme confronted this stark reality.
21 July 2014
Making Connections: What GDNet has learned about using social media to raise the profile of Southern research
Members of the GDNet team share experiences of using social media to engage with Southern researchers and support uptake of their research.
17 July 2014
What can we learn from the Think Tank Initiatives stories of influence series? – The approach (Part 1 of 2)
The Think Tank Initiative have recently published 48 stories of influence to document the changes their work is supporting. This blog (1of2) reflects on the approach used to develop these and other stories of influence.
15 July 2014
Costantine Shirati, Communications Officer at the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (Tanzania) shares reflections on the role of information partners in supporting policy influence.
8 July 2014
Betty Paton talks to the Regional Director of the Inter-Press Service (IPS) Africa, Kudzai Makombe, on her thoughts about the rise of social media and the smartphone across the continent.
We love to gather new opinions and insights into approaches to research uptake and dissemination. This week, I was fortunate to grab a Q&A with David Girling on social media.
There are many (brilliant and essential) initiatives around better linking academic research and policy such as 3ie, DRUSSA and Research Impact. However it is not just research-generated ‘knowledge’ that does and should inform development policy.
Join us for our first Research to Action free Webinar! Guest speaker, Social Media Consultant Betty Paton, will be presenting on her experience managing the @DFID_Research twitter account for the Department for International Development from 2010 to 2013.
David Olson discusses lessons learned from organizing the second peer virtual learning session for African think tanks in the Think Tank Policy Engagement and Communications Program.
The Editorial Management Board of the journal Evidence & Policy invites applications for the post of Associate Editor. Evidence & Policy is the first peer – reviewed journal dedicated to comprehensive and critical assessment of the relationship between research evidence and the concerns of policymakers and practitioners, as well as researchers.
Africa Research Institute (ARI) is seeking to recruit an experienced Policy Researcher. As part of a small, collaborative team, you will oversee diverse projects from initial research to final editing and publication. ARI works with external contributors to produce topical publications in a variety of formats.
IFTTT is a tool created to make your technology communicate better by using customised ‘recipes’. In this post, Ingvild Storm Stiland explores the ways in which this tool could revolutionise your day-to-day online working practices.
Henna Mahmood reflects on what worked and what didn’t in terms of peer learning during the recent TTI PEC programme workshop in Nairobi – Offering useful insights for others looking to facilitate similar events.
The International Growth Centre (IGC) is looking for a Managing Editor. The succesful candidate will play a crucial role in translating IGC academic research into easily understandable policy advice and compelling ideas for growth, working closely with IGC researchers.
Anton Tsvetov, Media and Government Relations Manager at the Russian International Affairs Council, presents his view on the dangers of trying to make your research results more media-friendly.
In her first contribution to R2A, Vanesa Weyrauch exaplains how webinars were used to explore with think tanks in Latin America how strategic communications could enhance there policy engagement efforts.