DFID will be producing a new research strategy in December 2003, to be taken forward by the new Central Research Team. In preparation six studies were commissioned to look at particular ways of working that we expect will form part of the new strategy. CIMRC was asked to take a lead in the development of a communications strategy. As part of the process of consultation a workshop was held on 8th August 2003 with participants from the NGO and research community. Participants were invited to bring with them evidence of how their communications approaches have produced research that is (a) useful to the users (b) accessible by their target audiences and (c) more likely to be taken up in the practices and policies of others. Participants attended from the following organizations: Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) Exchange HR Wallingford Information Training and Development Ltd (ITAD) Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD) International HIV/AIDS Alliance International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Natural Resources International (NRI) Oxfam Panos Institute Programme for Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) WaterAid This document contains summaries taken from the two pages submitted by each of the participants that outline the key approaches and evidence of their positive results (e.g. reaching specific targets, greater levels of ownership by users, more useful to intended audiences, etc.). To view a particular summary, click on the bookmarks within the PDF.
CIMRC, Wallingford, UK, 58 pp.