This paper uses 4 case studies from Jamaica and Uganda:
Working conditions in Jamaica among women in wholesale outlets
Early childhood development in Jamaica
Uganda and the scourge of buveera
The ‘Save Mabira’ campaign, Uganda
The authors look at the multiple factors that shape the media’s role in reporting on research and generating public
debate around research and evidence - and its capacity to influence
policy as a result. It finds that journalists, researchers and civil
society activists all play important roles in this process.
The paper also finds that a key factor driving media capacity to
influence policy is the strength of the relationships among the
different actors - journalists, civil society activists and researchers
- as well as the degree of openness and trust among them and the
political context in which they are operating.
Research makes the news recommends that stronger links and relationships
between different groups should be supported, as should developing the
capacity of researchers and journalists to work with each other. This
will increase the likelihood of research being taken up in policy
Carpenter, J.; Yngstrom, I. Research makes the news. Strengthening media engagement with research to influence policy. Panos London, London, UK (2010) 18 pp.