New Roles for Communication in Development?
IDS Bulletin 43.5
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The landscape of research communication in development has been undergoing a significant shift in recent years. The very visible emergence of new technologies has been accompanied by other shifts in the politics and business of development knowledge: the understanding of what constitutes “expert knowledge” in development, a growing emphasis on process over product in development research and new understandings of what drives social change and policy influence.
With the rise of participatory and co-constructed communications have come suggestions that we have neglected the rigour and “hard evidence” needed to influence policy. As some have turned back to grassroots forms of communication such as community radio, they face ambivalence from others struggling to see what is new or innovative about such ‘archaic’ approaches. As such we find ourselves at an interesting juncture, one that this Bulletin aims to explore by drawing on the experiences of practitioners, theorists and community intermediaries from a wide range of disciplines.
Table of contents
Introduction: Is Development Research Communication Coming of Age?
Blane Harvey, Tessa Lewin and Catherine Fisher
Deliberation, Dialogue and Debate: Why Researchers need to Engage with Others to Address Complex Issues
Stimulating Demand for Research Evidence: What Role for Capacity-building?
Kirsty Newman, Catherine Fisher and Louise Shaxson
This Research does not Influence Policy
Understanding Context in Learning-centred Approaches to Climate Change Communication
Blane Harvey, Liz Carlile, Jonathan Ensor, Ben Garside and Zachary Patterson
Approaches to Development Research Communication
Tessa Lewin and Zachary Patterson
NETWORKS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Cartographers, Conciliators and Catalysts: Understanding the Communicative Roles of Researchers
Nicholas Benequista and Joanna Wheeler
Advances in Knowledge Brokering in the Agricultural Sector: Towards Innovation System Facilitation
Laurens Klerkx, Marc Schut, Cees Leeuwis and Catherine Kilelu
Seeing ‘With my Own Eyes’: Strengthening Interactions between Researchers and Schools
Alun Davies, Bibi Mbete, Greg Fegan, Sassy Molyneux and Sam Kinyanjui
Passing on the Hot Potato: Lessons from a Policy Brief Experiment
Penelope Beynon, Marie Gaarder, Christelle Chapoy and Edoardo Masset
Radio, ICT Convergence and Knowledge Brokerage: Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa
Heather Gilberds and Mary Myers
Changing the financial landscape of Africa: an Unusual Story of Evidence-informed Innovation, Intentional Policy Influence and Private Sector Engagement
Reframing Digital Storytelling as Co-creative
Digital Storytelling in Bangladesh: Experiences, Challenges and Possibilities
Samia A. Rahim
Changing Focus: Exploring Images of Women and Empowerment in Egypt
Real World: Empowering Representations of Women through Film
Emerging Implications of Open and Linked Data for Knowledge Sharing in Development
Tim Davies and Duncan Edwards