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Key steps in development and usage of technical resource materials


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This document provides guidance for government ministries, non-governmental and civil society organisations on the steps and processes in developing, disseminating and using technical resource materials which have been produced to support programmes responding to the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) and people affected by HIV and AIDS in Uganda. The key steps can be adhered to at national, district, sub-county and community levels. Following the key steps will ensure the materials are relevant, address the needs of beneficiaries and are owned and used by key stakeholders

Treatment literacy : empowering communities to access AIDS treatment

DUNN, Alison
October 2006

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This paper explores the contribution of information and communication strategies to universal access to anti-retroviral treatment. It suggests that people taking antiretroviral drugs and their supporters need to understand new and complex ideas around drugs, side effects, nutrition and positive living. Treatment literacy aims to help individuals and communities understand why ARV treatment is needed, and what it can and cannot do. Effective treatment literacy, developed by or with people living with HIV and AIDS and those taking ART, can lead to improved health outcomes, better adherence to drug regimes and higher uptake of voluntary counselling and testing. Current resources and community capacity to understand and support antiretroviral therapy are not sufficient

Getting started in electronic publishing


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Many journals around the world struggle to attract authors and readers, and frequently suffer from a lack of resources - both human and financial. In addition, research habits are changing and researchers increasingly expect any information to be found online which means that a journal which cannot be located on the web may be effectively invisible. Online publications can help to address some of these issues. At the same time, many readers still seem to prefer print so it may not be possible to stop producing a print edition as well.
Publishing a journal electronically sounds very attractive. There are a number of good reasons for doing so, but it does have disadvantages too. Before committing to the effort and expense involved in online publication, it is sensible to look carefully at both the advantages and disadvantages. In the end, the decision will depend on what the main objectives are, so it is important to be clear about the reasons for publishing in the first place: what information is being disseminated, and to whom

Inform, inspire, encourage : a guide to producing effective HIV/AIDS materials

May 2004

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A synthesis of learning based on experience of ActionAid and the 'Strategies of Hope' series in Africa, looking at production, distribution and use of HIV/AIDS information and communication materials. Explores what users want, need and find useful (or less useful) from these materials. Valuable for people planning to get involved in communications work in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Highlights poverty as a key constraint to people engaging with existing HIV/AIDS messages and as a vital part of people's reality that materials need to address to be relevant.
Looks at the limitations of information alone for promoting attitudes and behaviour, while stressing the continued need for effective useable and relevant resources. Gives criteria for useful information resources on HIV/AIDS. Research found that materials developed in one context are not easily transferable to other contexts, raising challenges for those aiming at generic materials or those for widespread use. It is vital to make information materials culturally appropriate and relevant and to develop them in a participatory way.
The study also highlights the importance of materials in local languages, targetting specific audiences, and using a range of media and methods, that are low cost or free. Users were found to stress the need for large quantities of materials and wide distribution rather than an overemphasis on high quality.
What constitutes 'good' information varies over time, as do user needs. It is vital that feedback and learning are built into the processes of developing and re-developing materials

Communication and power : resource materials for reflect practitioners


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This international resource pack is for practitioners, and pulls together practical ideas and experiences from people who have used the Reflect approach around the world. It includes sections on the 'written word', 'numbers', 'spoken word', and 'images'. Explains how techniques such as drama or citizen's juries could be deployed to explore and convey issues relevant to development

The gender guide for health communication programs

ZAMAN, Faria

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A simple step-by step guide to designing health communication programmes that take gender into account at the strategic design, materials development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages. Includes a short glossary and a number of short case-examples of gender-sensitive 'good practice' programmes from around the world

Using ICTs to generate development content

October 2002

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This report examines how information can be packaged and communicated so that it reflects the context of the reciever. It stresses that communication and information provision is a process like any other in development, and ICTs should be seen as tools to improve livelihoods, and not an end in and of themselves. It reviews recent research on the types of information demanded by communities, and emphasises the importance of visual content for including non- and semi-literate people. The paper outlines then key elements required in any planned content production, especially by NGOs or governments. A final comment is made on intellectual property rights (IPR)

Writing for change : an interactive guide to effective writing, writing for science, and writing for advocacy


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This training resource is designed primarily for people working in the not-for-profit sector, including researchers, scientists, project managers, team members, campaigners, fundraisers, social activists and writers. Divided into three sections: 'Effective Writing: Core Skills', 'Writing for Science', and 'Writing for Advocacy'. 'Effective Writing: Core Skills' helps to develop the skills needed to write clearly and purposefully, organise ideas and express them well. 'Writing for Science' shows how to produce writing for publication in specialist journals. It teaches how to build on the core skills of effective writing and add further skills that apply to this specialised type of writing. This section gives a better chance of getting published, discusses the ethics of authorship, how to respond to editors and correct proofs. 'Writing for Advocacy' contains a wealth of advice on how to win hearts and minds and how to adapt core writing skills to lobbying or campaigning documents. The section looks at articles, leaflets, newsletters, pamphlets, press releases and posters. Extra features include a resource centre with suggestions for further reading and links to useful websites and resources

Building capacities in analyzing and documenting lessons learned


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This report documents RECOFTC's process of developing a training programme around building capacity to document experiences. It describes how a team of trainers defined case studies, and identified challenges that their partners and clients face in producing useful, clear and insightful case studies. They mapped out the writing process as they understand their partners approach it, and developed training packages to suit diverse needs in both documenting lessons, and documenting learning processes

Building skills in analysis and writing : reflecting on an international training course


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This report documents the challenges and lessons of a workshop designed to build participants' skills in developing case studies. It describes several of the training techniques in some detail, such as the focus on analysis at all stages in the writing process, and the need to associate case study development with storytelling, in order to foreground and legitimise the subjective nature of argumentation. The appendices include a suggested agenda for a two-week training course; an example of a case study, and the process that produced it; suggested energisers and evaluation tools; and outlines for an adaptable manual and CD-ROM based on this training course

Making health communication programs work


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This handbook presents key principles and steps in developing and evaluating health communication program for the public, patients, and health professionals. It expands upon and replaces two earlier publications titled Pretesting in Health Communications and Making PSA's Work. Referring primarily to the context of the United States, the guide discusses specific steps in program development and includes examples of their use. Sources of additional information on each subject are included at the end of the chapters

Documenting and communicating HIV/AIDS work : a toolkit to support NGOs/CBOs


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This toolkit looks at planning documentation and communication, so that lessons from the work of NGOs and Community Based Organisations are captured and shared with others. Includes sections on: introducing communication and documentation; planning, designing and evaluating particular documentation 'products'; and building documentation and communication skills. Also includes a range of useful handouts and workshop session outlines, and 12 'information cards' relating to specific communication 'products' such as newsletters, or radio programmes

Scenarios from the Sahel : working in partnership to prevent HIV/AIDS. Replication guide

ENGER, Daniel

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Detailed description of a programme whereby young people in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso collaborate with leading African film directors to produce short films that are then broadcast throughout the continent. This guide is designed to be useful to replicators as they go about project planning, fundraising, project implementation, and monitoring and evaluation

Education : towards inclusion


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This section of the UNESCO's education website hosts definitions of concepts, policies and publications relating to inclusive education. UNESCO has identified certain issues as 'flagship initiatives', to strengthen efforts at addressing the issues through partnerships between UN bodies and other stakeholders. Case studies, support materials for teachers and those promoting inclusive education, and a set of guides to the education of different groups of learners are also available in the online materials section


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