1<br />Documenting and Communicating Impact 16 September2011<br />Simon Hughes<br />Director, Hatfield Consultants Africa<...
Hatfield Consultants<br /><ul><li>Canada, Indonesia, Botswana and Lao PDR
Environmental Consulting
Natural Resources Sector(s)
Development sector
Open attitude to collaboration , partnership and development</li></ul>2<br />
Who am I?<br /><ul><li>BSc Hon U. Stirling, UK
MSc U. Stellenbosch
Former Researcher - CSIR 2000 – 2005
Hatfield Consultants 2005 to present</li></ul>Why am I talking to you?<br /><ul><li>“Next user”
Develop information products using outputs of research
Knowledge management</li></ul>3<br />
Cut ‘in’ the middle-man<br /><ul><li>Realised early on, not a scientist
Technical understanding
Can speak to decision makers and non-technical people
Get things done
Facilitating role between technocrats and stakeholders</li></ul>4<br />
What is impact?<br /><ul><li>Impact = making a difference +/-
Use of results and outputs to influence policy and planning
Different per audience/perspective
Impact pathway
Is the question right in the first place?</li></ul>5<br />
Your Responsibility<br /><ul><li>Research – good science
Publishing papers – International Journal of xyz, Nature/Science #1 goal
Research in a development context must have impact in/on society
Need to be flexible
Find ways to document and communicate  impact of research to society</li></ul>6<br />
Networks, Partnerships Impact Pathways and the value chain<br />Leverage networks and partnerships<br />Maximise opportuni...
Knowledge Management<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
Training, measurement, data, information, knowledge, wisdom ….
Networks = collective knowledge
Management
Not just storage
Making knowledge and information available
Appropriate channels, mechanisms and forms
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  1. 1. 1<br />Documenting and Communicating Impact 16 September2011<br />Simon Hughes<br />Director, Hatfield Consultants Africa<br />
  2. 2. Hatfield Consultants<br /><ul><li>Canada, Indonesia, Botswana and Lao PDR
  3. 3. Environmental Consulting
  4. 4. Natural Resources Sector(s)
  5. 5. Development sector
  6. 6. Open attitude to collaboration , partnership and development</li></ul>2<br />
  7. 7. Who am I?<br /><ul><li>BSc Hon U. Stirling, UK
  8. 8. MSc U. Stellenbosch
  9. 9. Former Researcher - CSIR 2000 – 2005
  10. 10. Hatfield Consultants 2005 to present</li></ul>Why am I talking to you?<br /><ul><li>“Next user”
  11. 11. Develop information products using outputs of research
  12. 12. Knowledge management</li></ul>3<br />
  13. 13. Cut ‘in’ the middle-man<br /><ul><li>Realised early on, not a scientist
  14. 14. Technical understanding
  15. 15. Can speak to decision makers and non-technical people
  16. 16. Get things done
  17. 17. Facilitating role between technocrats and stakeholders</li></ul>4<br />
  18. 18. What is impact?<br /><ul><li>Impact = making a difference +/-
  19. 19. Use of results and outputs to influence policy and planning
  20. 20. Different per audience/perspective
  21. 21. Impact pathway
  22. 22. Is the question right in the first place?</li></ul>5<br />
  23. 23. Your Responsibility<br /><ul><li>Research – good science
  24. 24. Publishing papers – International Journal of xyz, Nature/Science #1 goal
  25. 25. Research in a development context must have impact in/on society
  26. 26. Need to be flexible
  27. 27. Find ways to document and communicate impact of research to society</li></ul>6<br />
  28. 28. Networks, Partnerships Impact Pathways and the value chain<br />Leverage networks and partnerships<br />Maximise opportunities within these networks to establish relationships<br />7<br />Modeller<br />GIS<br />Stake-holder<br />
  29. 29. Knowledge Management<br /><ul><li>Knowledge
  30. 30. Training, measurement, data, information, knowledge, wisdom ….
  31. 31. Networks = collective knowledge
  32. 32. Management
  33. 33. Not just storage
  34. 34. Making knowledge and information available
  35. 35. Appropriate channels, mechanisms and forms
  36. 36. Legacy/continuity</li></ul>8<br />
  37. 37. 9<br />Dr. Peter Ashton, CSIR<br />
  38. 38. Information hegemony<br />Information = power<br />Transboundary water management depends on cooperation<br />Cooperation built on trust<br />Trust comes from understanding<br />Understanding = access to information and interpretation <br />Need transparency and access to information to support cooperation ,and transboundary management and planning<br />10<br />
  39. 39. Example of Limpopo RAK<br />Repackage information collected over decades by donors, technical agencies, national depts/ministries<br />Centralise the information for access to RBO and those engaging with TWM at institutional level<br />Base for access to information about the basin<br />1 September 2010 to 1 September 2011<br />38,168 Visits (97,910 Page Views)<br />Q. Where is the biggest user-base?<br />11<br />
  40. 40. Example of Limpopo RAK<br />12<br />
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  43. 43. Documentation of outputs<br />Must adapt to communicate in appropriate ways, at the right time, to the right people<br />Communication ->> presentation<br />Identify boundary partners or next users who will need your results<br />What do they need?<br />What can they cope with?<br />How should it be presented?<br />15<br />
  44. 44. Presentation of information<br />Concise presentation<br />Correct language<br />Hit the high points – what do they need to know for their interests and yours?<br />Develop a standardised platform for such communication - policy briefs, exec. summaries, official flyers/1-pagers<br />Graphical communication for impact<br />16<br />
  45. 45. Context<br />What is the context? <br />More water, product, money?<br />Indices – Big Mac Index<br />Information graphics – infographics<br />Maps <br />Report cards <br />Movies<br />Social media – Facebook, LinkedIn<br />Media – broadcast, print, etc<br />17<br />
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  47. 47. Graphical Techniques<br />Cliché ->> picture = 1000 words<br />BUT, avoid horrendograms<br />Convey the information<br />Focus on the audience<br />Thematic information – maps, diagrams<br />Diagrams and maps persist<br />Windhoek aquifer example<br />Map to communicate aquifer protection zone<br />Still on walls in government offices today<br />19<br />
  48. 48. Color Brewer www.colorbrewer.org<br />20<br />
  49. 49. Infographics Examples<br />
  50. 50. What does a trillion dollars look like?<br />In $100 bills<br />
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  53. 53. Distance to the nearest McDonald's<br />
  54. 54. Distance to the nearest McDonald's<br />
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  59. 59. Resources<br />www.flowingdata.org<br />www.informationisbeautiful.net<br />Flickr - cool data visualization techniques group http://www.flickr.com/groups/datavisualization/<br />New York Times Visualisation Lab www.nytimes.com<br />http://www.smallmeans.com/new-york-times-infographics/<br />TED - Technology Entertainment Design www.ted.com<br />31<br />
  60. 60. SADC Economic Accounting for Water Use<br />EU funded project = 13 reports<br />1000s of pages<br />Numerous tables, equations and formulae<br />GIZ supported development of website and CD-ROM to resent information in digestible form – a springboard into deeper content<br />www.sadcwateraccounting.org<br />32<br />
  61. 61. Limpopo River Awareness Kit<br />275+ pages x 2 languages (EN & PT)<br />Text, maps, interactive media, documents<br />4 themes:<br />River Basin<br />People and the River<br />Governance<br />Resource Management<br />Website & CD (DVD) <br />33<br />
  62. 62. Rationale<br />Not the answer for Knowledge Management in a RBO<br />But provides a foundation for KM<br /><ul><li>1° Stakeholders e.g. Institutional</li></ul>River Awareness Kit<br /><ul><li>2° Stakeholders e.g. Academia/Local government
  63. 63. 3° Stakeholders e.g. communities/grassroots</li></ul>www.limpoporak.org<br />34<br />
  64. 64. CONTACT INFORMATION<br />35<br />Simon Hughes<br />Director<br />HATFIELD CONSULTANTS AFRICA<br />PO Box 3415, Main Mall, <br />Gaborone, Botswana<br />T: +267 397 2661<br />C: +267 726 596 91<br />shughes@hatfieldgroup.com<br />www.hatfieldgroup.com<br />

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