2013 was a busy year for all our bloggers on R2A. Here is a selection of posts that proved the most popular over the course of the year. A big thanks to all those people that contributed, your insights and thoughts always prove popular and we look forward to hearing more from you in 2014! If you have not blogged before, but would like to, do get in touch.
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. By Nyasha Musandu [Read more]
Arnaldo Pellini looks at how evidence is informing policy in Indonesia, arguing that a big push to strengthen the use of research and data analysis in the design of public policies is needed to sustain growth. By Arnaldo Pellini [Read more]
In February 2013 DFID launched the “Assessing the Strength of Evidence” How to Note. The Note aims to help all DFID staff better appreciate the strength of the evidence that they are using to inform their policy and programming choices. By Mark Robinson, William Evans and Kirsty Newman, Research and Evidence Division, DFID [Read more]
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 by Laura ffrench-Constant
This post launches our new social media engagement series that explores how to utilise social media effectively in research uptake activities. Join-us as we explore issues linked to the use and measurement of social media. by Pete Cranston [Read more]
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. By Andrew Clappison [Read more]
This post looks at the power of case studies as a tool for communicating with different stakeholders, and is a timely overview given the Increasing number of practitioners and researchers being asked to develop case studies as part of project evaluation. By James Harvey [Read more]
For those who are new to Open Access or would like understand it further Research to Action has put together a list of useful places on the web where you can find out more. Below are some guides, platforms and articles which will provide you the low down and keep you up to date with the latest on Open Access. [Read more]
Dr. Roger Harris reflects on the impact of research on development policy and practice, built upon a literature review produced as a contribution to a new book for the SIRCA programme. By Roger Harris [Read more]
In his latest post, Andrew Clappison reflects upon the discussion that took place during the Future of Impact Conference, and encourages us to think about the value of impact beyond the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) By Andrew Clappison [Read more]
Happy New Year from the Research to Action Team! See you all in 2014!