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This guide for researchers in socio-economic sciences and humanities provides help in creating policy briefs, project websites, flyers and brochures. It offers insights into dealing with the press and contains suggestions on how to organise a final project conference. The aim is to “build a functional communications interface between researchers and policymakers.” The key topics […]
This handbook presents communication tools grouped under the headings of planning, packaging, targeting and monitoring tools. Tools include problem tree analysis, visioning scenarios, blogging and outcome mapping. The tools are specifically geared towards the needs of researchers in civil society organisations. They are a product of the work of the Overseas Development Institute’s Research and […]
The Design Exchange provides is a website “where designers and researchers share methods and best practices”. Method categories are: Build, including activity modelling, dark horse, storyboarding and various kinds of prototyping Analyze, including pictorial storytelling, social network analysis, context map and powers of ten Ideate, including dot voting, spectrum mapping, 6-3-5 brainwriting and participatory co-design […]
In this classic introduction to framing, Lakoff argues that: “Frames are mental structures that shape the way we see the world. As a result they shape the goals we seek, the plans we make, the way we act, and what counts as a good or bad outcome of our actions. In politics our frames shape […]
Describes eight principles for implementation-oriented research: Joint agenda setting to allow for effective engagement of societal actors from business, industry, government and civil society to identify the problems Co-design, co-production, co-delivery and co-interpretation to allow the full integration of knowledge and experiences of stakeholders as well as joint interpretation and communication of the results. Process-oriented […]
Metaphors help people “understand the unfamiliar” and “make someone realise they’ve only been looking at one side of a thing.” Metaphors assist in closing “the gap in people’s ability to grasp something, or speed up what they’re already on track to see.” Designing metaphors involves generating multiple possible comparisons to find those that work well. […]
Five principles and key associated issues for researchers to impact policy and practice.   1. Design: Understand what everyone wants. This can help in managing expectations of different stakeholders and project members and identifying potential issues/problems early on. Understand the context of the project. Use local characteristics, traditions, norms and past experiences as a starting […]
The RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA), “comprises a suite of tools that any organisation can use at any stage in their policy engagement process to improve how they diagnose the problem, understand the types of impact their work could have on policy-making, set realistic objectives for policy influence, develop a plan to achieve those objectives, […]
Purpose: Describes different levels of public participation and can be easily adapted to describe how researchers engage with stakeholders   Arnstein’s purpose in developing the ladder was to describe how ‘have-not’ citizen groups were exploited in government decision-making processes, as well as how much power stakeholders had in determining the final product   Description: Arnstein’s […]
Purpose: To describe different ways community engagement can occur To assist in the selection of the appropriate level of public participation for projects involving community engagement Description: The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has assessed different ways the community can be involved in any program of community engagement. The spectrum, illustrated in the figure below, […]

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