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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 00:00

The Tools and Tips section of our blog aims to give advice not only on how to manage your research, but also how to translate academic language into a language that is understandable -- in fact compelling -- to various audiences. On the one hand, you have to present it in such a way that it makes a good argument to, say, a policymaker.

 

In the other, you also want to communicate to the communities for whom the research would make the most difference. In between, it is also necessary to keep your eye on the media and be shrewd in your placement of research communications in local media. That may seem overwhelming and is asking quite a lot unless you`re a professional research communicator.

 

Some higher education institutions have the luxury of centralised research management, extension, communications or public relations department with enough resources to be able to dedicate a healthy amount of time to communicating research. In Africa, not that many of us have that. And that`s where we hope to make a difference.

 

We also hope to encourage the DRUSSA Network to share their experiences of what works and what does not work, and what the circumstances were that influenced what did or didn`t work.

 

A good place to start is to get connected, not only with the DRUSSA people, but also with existing networks working in this space internationally. Here are a few links to some of these resources. We strongly urge you to join and "follow" groups and relevant blogs. A lot of groundwork has been done and we can certainly learn from others' experience.

 

The Knowledge Brokers Forum is "a collaborative space to promote knowledge sharing and dissemination on knowledge brokering (KB) and the role of intermediaries in international development". Aside from an email group that engages in lively discussions, they also offer useful resources. It`s an indispensable resource.

 

On Think Tanks is a blog "about think tanks and for think tanks in developing countries -- as well as think tanks that focus on international development issues". Here, you`ll find indispensable advice on how to present your research. In fact, we based our entire Digital Engagement Strategy on an approach presented in a series of blogs found here.

 

Research to Action is a websit that caters "for the strategic and practical needs of people trying to improve the uptake of development research, in particular those funded by DFID". DRUSSA, of course, is a DFID-funded programme.

 

Please share links to resources you`ve found useful in the past.

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