Water & Food research for Action and Impact - -Workshop 3 - CP meeting Day 1

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Water & Food research for Action and Impact - -Workshop 3 - CP meeting Day 1

  1. 1. Water & Food Security Nexus Approaches & Lessons guiding Water & Food research for Action & Impact Ruth Beukman , Andrew Takawira & Amy Sullivan CP 2011 - Stockholm
  2. 2. Presentation outline <ul><li>Brief overview – Challenge Programme for Water and Food – Phase 1 to Phase 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Limpopo Basin Development Challenge and the 5 project components (L1-L5) </li></ul><ul><li>L5 - Coordination & Change (GWPSA role?) </li></ul><ul><li>Impact pathways: Translating research into action and impact – how ? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview CPWF <ul><li>The Challenge Program on Water & Food (in CGIAR-CRP-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Research for Development & Impact – poverty, livelihoods, productivity, stakeholders (policy & practice - actors), ownership & sustainability issues – beyond once off local research projects (replicate successes) </li></ul><ul><li>Outcome Logic Models and impact pathways </li></ul>
  4. 4. Overview CPWF: Ph1 & now Ph2 Phase I Phase II Research - rich source of data & info Integrated research for targeted impact – Basin & National context Research by mainly CGIAR partners Research partners old & new plus SADC regional networks – engage beyond research - in partnership mode Capacity building for research Capacity building for impact Project focused and ‘isolated’ but many Impact focused – engage with stakeholders – multi-sectoral/multi-level; end users and intermediary “facilitators” & fewer projects Targeted outputs Targeting outcomes - uptake – cognisant of the actors and institutions – beyond the project lifespan – ownership & sustainability
  5. 5. Ph 2 LBDC: “ Integrated management of rainwater to improve smallholder productivity and livelihoods and reduce risk”
  6. 7. <ul><ul><li>Coordination of quality research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capacity Building (incl. use of comms tool) & Gender - all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fostering Change / impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communications/KM (messages to diff.actors) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adaptive Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation Research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>N.B. OLMs, theories of change, impact pathways etc...still quite an academic approach? What do we DO...practically? </li></ul>L5 focus, approaches & partners
  7. 8. FOSTERING CHANGE: Mandates of institutions – local, national, basin (LIMCOM) and regional scales; research vs politically sensitive international processes, buy-in and linkages/integration with on-going initiatives making a sustained difference…
  8. 9. Knowledge management & communications - in the beginning….. Data Information Knowledge Generation Organize knowledge for next users Monitoring, Learning/Lessons (links all L1-L5) Share (Dissemination Strategy) Application/Use by next users prioritising L1-L4 L1-L5 L1-L5 L1-L5 L5 ENABLING THE “UPTAKE/USE ENVIRONMENT” L5 Influence NEXT USERS / STAKEHOLDERS of research value and use Communication Plan and ‘target audience’ Analysis Experiences
  9. 10. Knowledge management & communications – think again….! ID next users Consider comms messages linked to research project milestones for outcomes & impact Data Information Knowledge Generation Organize knowledge with next users/ actors Monitoring, Learning/Lessons (links all L1-L5) Share (Dissemination Strategy) Application/Use by next users /actors prioritising L1-L4 L1-L5 L1-L5 L1-L5 L5 ENABLING THE “UPTAKE/USE ENVIRONMENT” L5 Influence RESEARCHERS on identifying &communicating with actors / users / stakeholders – all the way… Communicate Research messages to key actors – all levels Analysis Experiences
  10. 11. Identify communication needs Integrate communication activities into LBDC Milestone Plan and develop implementation plan and budget Develop tools for researchers to link OLM to the Communication Strategy Objectives Develop overall LBDC strategy Implementation Monitor and evaluate 1 2 6 3 3 2 4 1 Reflection and problem identification The LBDC Strategic Communication Process: Adapted from “Think Before you print” Deliver milestones targeted to specific boundary actors Monitor and evaluate (comms indicators) 5 CPWF Global Info Communication Strategy SADC Awareness and Comms Strategy for the Water Sector LBDC Programme Planning (Outcome Logic Model based on Theory of Change) Translation of research questions into projects
  11. 13. <ul><ul><li>Communication a vital tool to ensure research is translated into impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainstream communications into research project/pgm planning – early! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the boundary actors / next users targeted for ‘change’ – ensure strategies are developed on what and how to engage with the actors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A focus on communications allows researchers (with actors) at the onset of planning to consider packaging research findings – facilitating ’uptake’. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research moves beyond academic exercise and realistically & practically responds to development challenges – already owned & understood by next users. </li></ul></ul>Lessons - research into impact
  12. 14. Thank You

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