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.
19 January 2015
2014 saw a growing number of studies attempting to answer the question: What do Policy Makers really want from researchers? This post argues that if we can answer this question then research communication will be far more successful.
15 January 2015
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.
7 January 2015
2014 was a busy time for the R2A team and we are grateful for all the ongoing interest in the initiative and the excellent content provided by our partners and contributors. We have created a snapshot of our best bits from over the course of the year just in case you missed them!
12 December 2014
Research Media explains why infographics are becoming the tool of choice when it comes to impactful science communication to policy makers and the public.
1 December 2014
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.
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.
R2A is set to launch a policy brief extravaganza between October the 27th-31st, 2014. Over the course of the week R2A will be showcasing new guidance, commentary and an animation that brings into focus the value of the policy brief.
Gifi Nadi provides some top tips on developing productive and valauble relationships with mentors and outlines how to harness and make the most of their knowledge and experience.
What is implementation science, and what can it do for the field of global health? FHI 360 brought together over 150 public health specialists, researchers, scholars and donors in Washington, DC, to wrestle with these questions.
R2A is excited to announce the launch of a new quarterly Guest Editor position. Applications are now open for Guest Editors who will have editorial responsibility over content displayed on the website for a 4 month period.
Policy briefs are useful influencing tools for think tanks and research institutions. This quick guide, developed as part of the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications Program, is aimed at researchers and communications staff who are planning policy briefs for the first time, or want to review their approach.
In this post, Anton Tsvetov outlines 5 tips for researchers who would like to be approached more often by the media for expert comment and opinion.