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Welcome to Research to Action

Research to Action is here to provide guidance and inspiration on how to bring development research into focus and into use. Researchers can learn the ‘How, What, When, Where and Why’ of communicating effectively with those audiences who can make their research travel and put it in to action.

Kala Sridhar: Research Communication and Policy Implications

Kala Sridhar, from the Public Affairs Centre in India, was the joint first prize winner of the GDN Medal for Innovative Sources of Development Finance for her completed research paper on The Role of Land in Financing India’s Large Cities and Comparisons with China. In this short video, she reflects that the rhetoric of research work, whether verbal or written is incredibly important in finding an audience.

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Making Research Accessible

[2 Feb 2011 | No Comment]

In this short video, Dr. Anupam Khanna, Senior Advisor to the President of the Global Development Network and Principle Advisor to the National Transport Development Policy Committee in India, shared his views on the importance of research communication.

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Using Intermediaries

[30 Nov 2010 | No Comment]

In the UK, there is a sophisticated research department within Whitehall which is on hand to inform British policy making. Not all governments have this facility at their beck and call.

At a recent workshop hosted by the Australian aid programme AusAid and the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences UKCDS, more than 80 participants from around the world heard about different models of evidence-based policymaking. Continuing reading �

Knowing Your Audience

[27 May 2010 | No Comment]

Who do we trust? Gillies Kasongo from Panos points to the problem of research being misused by policymakers. Research is often only used to support existing policies and only if it does not pose a threat to policymakers’ power and position. Instead, research should be used as a tool to help formulate and decide policies. Continuing reading �

Monitoring and Evaluation

[20 May 2010 | No Comment]

This book aims to provide you with further references on HIV/AIDS, Communication and PM&E. Suggested material is taken from the internet, books and journal articles. The following topic areas are covered: (1) Communication for Social Change (2) Internet sites (3) Community development, gender, and participation (4) HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS communication (5) Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation, Participatory M&E.

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Working with the Media

[14 Dec 2010 | No Comment]

During the recent AusAID, DFID and UKCDS funded workshop, Improving the impact of development research through better research communication uptake, Susanna Thorp from Wren Media spoke about capacity and network building with researchers in the global south.

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