This study is set within the context of the DFID research strategy
2008-2013 and aims to:
- Understand what lessons are emerging from across the portfolio of DFID
funded research communication programmes, and the implications of this
for DFID to deliver commitments in the new research strategy, and to
- Examine how the current portfolio of activities reflects and supports
DFIDs commitments in the research strategy, so that DFID can enhance
and modify it as appropriate.
It seeks to learn lessons from the portfolio of research communication
initiatives, in order to contribute to the development of a
communication strategy for DFID Research that adds value to the
communication components of individual research programmes, while at the
same time promoting the outcomes of the research programmes through
strategic linkages between them, with the range of research
communication initiatives supported by DFID and through potentially new
and innovative complementary initiatives.
This report is in two parts. Part 1 provides the key evidence and
findings of the review of 17 DFID funded research communication
programmes and the recommendations for action. Specifically, Section 1
provides the background and context, noting that there will be a major
shift in both DFIDs spending and commitment towards the communication of
research in order to deliver DFIDs research strategy 2008-2013. Section
2 defines the scope and objectives of the review and Section 3 the
methodology and tools used. The lesson learning process used document
reviews, formal questionnaires of researchers, users and the research
communication programme leaders and well as key informant interviews.
Section 4 presents the key findings – primarily from the quantitative
analysis of the questionnaires and to some degree the document analysis.
Section 5 reflects on the more qualitative findings and draws in the
wider document review and the interviews with key informants. This
section is arranged to reflect on the five key thematic areas identified
by DFID as elements of their future research communication framework and
action plan. Section 6 reflects on the findings in the light of the DFID
research strategy results areas and Section 7 presents a set of key
recommendations for action.
Part 2 contains the tools used to collect information for this study,
and the raw data collected. This includes all questionnaires and
interview checklists, and summaries of the questionnaire analysis.
Interview notes were not included, as respondents had been assured of
confidentiality of responses. Key findings from the interviews have been
included in the report text (Part 1) in the form of quotes, text boxes,
and contributions to the overall analysis.
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