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Linking knowledge and communication : ECDPM strategy on knowledge management and communication

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT POLICY MANAGEMENT (ECDPM)
November 2008

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"The broad objectives of this Knowledge Management and Communication Strategy are; To guide the Centre [ECDPM] in using knowledge management and communication more strategically in all our activities; To optimise our knowledge management activities and those areas of communication which the Centre is valued for; and To strengthen our efforts in the areas of communication and outreach where we are lagging behind, in particular with a view to reaching and engaging audiences which we have not so far sufficiently tapped into"

Fostering synergy : enriching HIV and AIDS communication through partnership

HEALTHLINK WORLDWIDE
November 2007

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This paper brings together the learning from a project to better understand what capacity African organisations need in order to use information and communication strategically in their community-based responses to HIV and AIDS. Through an evaluation of the work, which involved 11 partners working in six countries, valuable insights were gained into how such capacity needs can be assessed, understood and met in a long-term, sustainable way

'The last thing the world needs is another website' : the role of evidence in integrating information and communication into development policy

PERKINS, Nicholas
Ed
October 2006

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This summary paper outlines the interim findings from the ICD (Information and Communication for Development) Knowledge Sharing and Learning programme. It summarises the communication processes that are needed to engage with policy makers in order to embed effective information and communication within their development policies and practice

Appropriating the internet for social change : towards the strategic use of networked technologies by transnational civil society organizations

SURMAN, Mark
REILLY, Katherine
November 2003

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This research report argues that analysis of the Internet focuses too much on technology and on overcoming a "digital divide" in access to the Internet. The report looks at examples of how people in international civil society organisations have used e-mail, websites and databases to help them collaborate, publish information, mobilise people in their networks, and access information for research. The report does not cover local or national civil society organisations

Revisiting the "magic box" : case studies in local appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICTs)

BATCHELOR, Simon
O’FARRELL, Clare
2003

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This book looks at the way communities and groups in developing countries are appropriating information and communication technologies (ICTs) to address their needs. It finds that ICTs are being integrated into wider community-based activities and adapted to fit different contexts. It follows on from the paper "Discovering the Magic Box". It finds that there are still few examples of community-driven and locally appropriated ICT initiatives and an absence of standards or guidelines to evaluate ICT-based projects. The book includes some analytical frameworks and indicators to identify good practice and evidence of impact A significant development has been in the growth of telecommunications, in particular mobile phones, that are relatively cheap and powerful tools for poor communities, even in remote areas. The book concludes that the power of oral communication through telephones and radio cannot be underestimated. The book proposes that the main challenge is to adapt the new, usually computer-based ICTs to the needs of poor, predominantly oral-based communities so that they can be appropriated effectively and quickly

The digital pulse : the current and future applications of information and communication technologies for developmental health priorities

FEEK, Warren
2003

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Analyses the hopes and realities of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health and development programmes. Includes a Top 10 of strategic issues and gaps, and an overview of ICT for development (ICT4D). Sixty case studies document programme experiences of using ICTs in four areas: database and resource centres; social development, education and advocacy; networking and dialogue; and telemedicine and high medical tools. Recommendations include: prioritise local content and the voice of local people; integrate ICTs with other communication technologies and methods; engage with overall ICT trends like internet cafes and mobile phones; pay attention to structural issues like pricing, access and controls; take advantage of the interactive elements of ICTs to create a space for dialogue; evaluate the impact of ICTs on health; acknowledge the improvements to health when there is more equitable access to information and knowledge through the new technologies; incorporate ICTs into ongoing programmes; and support the vital role of intermediaries

Research to practice [whole issue]

BEST, Kim
Ed
2003

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Examines the challenges of getting medical and public health research into practice in resource-poor settings. Addresses practice at the policy, organisational and individual levels. Uses brief case studies from the field of reproductive health to illustrate points

Spreading the word further : guidelines for research disseminating development research

FISHER, Julie
ODHIAMBO, Frank
COTTON, Andrew
2003

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[Publisher's abstract] This book is a product of the second phase of a DFID-funded KaR project that is aimed at increasing the impact of research through improved dissemination of the research process and findings. It develops the ideas from phase one of the project 'Spreading the Word: Practical guidelines for research dissemination strategies' (Saywell and Cotton, 1999) (Source record number 35244). Based on in-depth consultation with Southern agencies about appropriate methods and formats by which to share information and knowledge relating to development research projects, this book provides dissemination checklists and guidelines. It also provides a useful overview of the issues and more specific advise for anyone engaged in development-related research, whether as contractors, practitioners or donors, at all stages of the project cycle

Dealing with advocacy : a practical guide

VAN KAMPEN, Joke
2002

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A basic guide on why NGOs need advocacy, in the field of reproductive rights (but easily applicable to other contexts). Defines advocacy as a process that leads to broader access to services (increased capacity). Describes the components of a succesful advocacy campaign and how to integrate advocacy into your NGO's daily work

Dealing with media : a practical guide

VAN KAMPEN, Joke
2002

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Concise, practical advice for dealing with media, developed by the EC/UNFPA Initiative for Reproductive Health in Asia, but applicable to NGOs anywhere. Discusses the benefits of having a media strategy and a relationship with the media. Outlines the steps to developing a media strategy, including defining your message and your target audiences, and building up effective contacts. Finally advises on how to deal with hostile media/negative media coverage

Advanced dealing with media : a practical guide

VAN KAMPEN, Joke
2002

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Practical advice for using media to raise an organisation's profile, generate support and fundraising, and stimulate discussion. Discusses news releases and feature stories, interviews, conference presentations, press conferences and press tours

Toolkit : disseminating research online

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
2002

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Tips and practical suggestions for communicating academic research using the internet. The toolkit provides an overview and links to resources on how people use the internet, writing for the web, presenting research in a web-friendly way, helping your users find your research and digital document formats

Discovering the 'magic box' : local appropriation of information and communication technologies (ICTs)

MICHIELS, Sabine Isabel
VAN CROWDER, L
2001

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This paper discusses the lack of empirical evidence or analyses of local information and communication technology (ICT) applications, and their impact on people's social and economic lives. While there is a lot of information about the potential benefits of using ICT to alleviate poverty and promote equity, the lack of monitoring and evaluation in this area means that guidelines for the effective deployment of ICT, and its appropriation at the local level, have not evolved

Information communication technologies, poverty and empowerment

SKUSE, Andrew
2001

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Provides a framework for pro-poor ICT based initiatives, in the context of globalisation and the rights to information and freedom of expression. Discusses 'old' versus new and emerging ICTs, concluding that the lure of technological and infrastructural solutions has tended to divert attention away from ICTs that poor people actually use - but that the convergence of old and new ICT presents opportunities. Suggests that donors should support the private sector and governments in developing pro-poor strategies. Advocates careful strategic planning and judicious use of appropriate media in every communications initiative

Measuring the difference : guide to planning and evaluating health information outreach

BURROUGHS, Catherine M
WOOD, Fred B
September 2000

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This guide presents a programmatic and goal-orientated approach to outreach activities. The premise of this approach is that evaluation is an integral part of programme development: planning and evaluating an outreach initiative is one and the same process, and asking the right questions at the beginning is essential for getting useful results at the end. The guide is practical in purpose, with checklists, worksheets and examples, but also heavily theory-based, offering a range of methodological possibilities and strategies. The guide should be useful to community organisations, libraries, clinics or other groups seeking to affect the capacity of individuals or communities to use health information resources and to address barriers to access, through simple or complex outreach projects. It is not specifically written for developing-country contexts

Using the Internet to share research and knowledge

LAMB, R
2000

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Overview of using websites and email to communicate research findings. Recommends using e-mail to build one-to-one dialogue rather than to send out press releases or other mass mailings. Sees the strength of websites as providing a public space for publications and databases

Spreading the word : practical guidelines for research dissemination strategies

SAYWELL, Darren
COTTON, Andrew
1999

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[Publisher's abstract] This document reviews the interim findings from Phase 1 of a Department for International Development (DFID) funded project (R7127) concerning the development of practical guidelines for research dissemination strategies. Results from a review of literature, case study analysis and interviews with key informants are discussed. The purpose of Phase 1 is to understand current thinking and approaches to dissemination of research as adopted by sector based agencies both in the UK and internationally. This facilitates an initial analysis of common dissemination strategies used, problems and constraints experienced, and factors that aid effective dissemination. This in turn is used to provide tentative guidance for research contractors and DFID alike for dissemination of projects

The Communication Initiative

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The Communication Initiative (CI) is a partnership of development organisations seeking to support advances in the effectiveness and scale of communication interventions for positive international development. The CI strategy includes provision of real-time information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, peer commentary on programmes and strategies and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems. Themed sites within this website relate to: avian flu; HIV & AIDS; democracy & governance; early childhood development; health communication; ICT policies and studies; ICT for development; natural resource management; polio; and community radio and edutainment in Africa

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