Engaging your policy audiences - Short course

Tuesday 22 July 2014 10:00 to 17:00
Institute of Development Studies, Brighton

Whether you are part of a research institution or programme or an advocacy organisation, understanding who your key policy audiences are and the best ways to engage with them is absolutely critical to achieving impact.

Engaging your policy audiences - Short course

Is a policy briefing the most appropriate means of communicating your important new research findings or advocacy messages, or should you be investing in info-graphics, social media campaigns or high level policy events? How do you ensure you target your limited resources most effectively?

This one day short course will seek to answer these critical questions and provide practical advice and guidance on how you can reach the right people, at the right time and through the right channels.

What will the course cover?

The course will provide practical guidance, tips, and lively discussion on how to develop successful research uptake and policy influencing plans. By the end of the day, participants will have:

  • Gained a broad overview of research and policy communications, and how their own organisation's work fits within this spectrum of activities
  • Improved their knowledge of the stakeholder mapping tools required to identify and prioritise key policy audiences.
  • Developed their understanding of how different communications tools can be used to engage with different audiences.
  • Outlined a number of ways in which they can apply learning from the course to the work of their own organisations and programmes.

It will be run by an experienced group of facilitators from the Institute of Development Studies' Communications and Knowledge Services teams led by IDS's Head of Communications James Georgalakis.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for communications professionals, and research and policy staff based in research organisations, university departments, think tanks and NGOs for whom development research and communications forms an important part of their role.

Where will it take place?

The course will be held in IDS's teaching facilities at the University of Sussex in the heart of the picturesque South Downs, just over one hour from central London.

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The cost of attending this course is £350.

Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Brighton, BN1 9RE UK