This is a report of a research communications lesson sharing workshop,
organised by DFID 's Central Research Department and held in DFID,
London during August 2007. The workshop was attended by representatives
from 23 RPC, 4 M&E and Communication Specialists and 6 DFID staff.
The workshop follows-on from one held in 2006. Both workshops had the
main objective of providing networking opportunities for RPC and to
share lessons on processes for getting research into policy and
practice. The second workshop focused on Monitoring and Evaluation and
General discussions around research communication raised a number of
points. Two critical ones being:
- The need to develop a framework that integrates research,
communication and development values, to allow a common purpose.
- The need for a shared vision of purpose between researchers and those
whose primary role is communication, when developing and implementing
a communication strategy.
Some felt that DFID had a potential role in facilitating partnerships
between those working in research and in advocacy.
Discussions on monitoring and evaluation were broad but came back to one
central issue - attribution and impact. There was a recommendation that
DFID should develop a common framework for assessing and understanding
what is impact - especially in research programmes. Emphasis was also
placed on the need for a greater knowledge of stakeholders and in-depth
stakeholder analysis, for increasing the uptake of research finding and
the monitoring and evaluation of this uptake.
On capacity development, discussions were broad and ranged from debates
on terminology through to practicalities of implementing a research
programme and whether or not we're building the capacity of
'institutions', or individuals. However, capacity building models
appropriate in one context are not necessarily successful when
transferred to another context. Feedback on the workshop was generally
positive. RPC partners see these as valuable learning events and
especially for networking across different sectors. Such a workshop
provides a forum for research partners to share experiences - both
positive and negative - and for DFID to hear these.
DFID-CRD. Lessons learned in research communication: monitoring and evaluation and capacity development. (2007)
Lessons learned in research communication: monitoring and evaluation and capacity development