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DFID research: COMDIS-HSD Publish Field Communications Toolkit

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COMDIS-HSD has just released a Field Communications Toolkit for members of their partners’ research team.

COMDIS-HSD has just released a Field Communications Toolkit for members of their partners’ research team.

The COMDIS-HSD consortium works to improve delivery of basic health services, particularly for communicable diseases. The programme, funded by DFID, works with a number of partners and collaborators and aims to improve demand for, access to, and quality of prevention and care for common diseases, especially in underserved populations (slums, marginal rural areas, migrants and fragile states).

This toolkit has been put together in order to develop more effective communications about COMDIS-HSD research for wider research uptake, as well as to support staff to gather relevant materials when working in the field.

It includes sections on:

  • Information gathering
  • Photography
  • Producing your material
  • Brand guidelines
  • Working with the media
  • Monitoring and evaluation and feedback
  • Writing policy briefs
  • Securing consent

There are step-by-step guidelines to ‘What makes a good interview’ **and **‘Tips for using plain English’.  The toolkit also provides templates for photography and interview permission forms and field trip project and story information forms.

Full of vibrant images, real examples and clear ‘Do **and Don’t’** sections on every page, this toolkit provides a valuable accompaniment for any researcher or reporter working in the international development field.

You can download the toolkit from the R4D document record.