1. In this short video, Jeff Knezovich, the Policy Influence and Research Uptake Manager for the Future Health Systems Research Consortium, talks about getting development research into use and the importance of understanding the policy landscape around your research area.

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  2. In this short video, Josh Greenberg, Professor of Communication at Carleton University in Canada, discusses the tools, strategies and platforms he employs to communicate his own academic research.

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  3. In February 2013 Dr. Phil Davies presented at the 3ie-LIDC seminar ‘What works in international development’.

    The Deputy Director of systematic reviews at 3ie (the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation), Phil Davies discussed how research doesn't always provide straightforward answers to specific problems. He asserted the importance of anticipating more indirect routes to policy influence.

    Here he talks about the importance of timing for researchers wanting to engage and inform policymakers. He points to evidence that exists to show early engagement is important, and emphasises that communication is a two-way street with policymakers needing to actively look for and use evidence in their work. The timeframes vary enormously – anything from a couple of hours to three months, depending on whether the research is strategic or operational.

    He also refers to the development of 3ie GapMaps (http://www.3ieimpact.org/about/what-3ie-does/systematic-reviews-programme/3ies-house-systematic-review-research/) as a visual and engaging tool for understanding what is known and what isn't.

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  4. The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have recently published a new Bulletin entitled New Roles for Communication in Development? (IDS, 2012). In this short video, captured back in March this year, one of the authors, Blane Harvey, describes how the upcoming publication focuses on three key areas where there are currently big shifts in research communication.

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  5. Taking information to the consumer.
    Duncan Edwards talks about developing Application Programming Interfaces for datasets at the Institute for Development studies.
    “You can have a greater impact with research knowledge if people are able to contextualise it and place it in spaces they already own.”
    By using APIs datasets become available programmatically to other organisations where they can be re-visualised, repurposed and reused.
    Read more about APIs on the IDS website: http://ow.ly/eN7Hb.

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Research to Action

This channel features videos by Research to Action (http://www.researchtoaction.org/). Research to Action (R2A) is a website catering for the strategic and practical needs of people trying to improve the uptake of development research, in particular those…


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This channel features videos by Research to Action (http://www.researchtoaction.org/). Research to Action (R2A) is a website catering for the strategic and practical needs of people trying to improve the uptake of development research, in particular those funded by DFID.

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