Facilitating use of Research Evidence by Parliamentarians and Journalists: Experiences and Lessons from APHRC
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Presented by Rose N. Oronje (Communications Officer, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)) at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, ...

Presented by Rose N. Oronje (Communications Officer, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)) at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, http://scienceincommunity.wordpress.com/

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Facilitating use of Research Evidence by Parliamentarians and Journalists: Experiences and Lessons from APHRC Facilitating use of Research Evidence by Parliamentarians and Journalists: Experiences and Lessons from APHRC Presentation Transcript

  • Facilitating use of Research Evidence by Parliamentarians and Journalists: Experiences and Lessons from APHRC Rose N. Oronje, Communications Officer, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) December 4, 2008
  • APHRC in Brief
    • Pan-African organization that conducts research on population, health & education to inform policy & practice
    • 3 core priorities:
      • Generate research evidence
      • Inform policy & practice
      • Strengthen research capacity
    • Research focus:
      • Urbanization & wellbeing; Population & RH; Health challenges & systems; and Education
  • Introduction
    • Research done to solve problems
    • MPs’ role – oversight, legislation & representation
    • Journalists expand the reach of development information, thus promote its uptake
  • Engaging MPs with Research
    • Actively involving MPs in research dissemination meetings
    • Forming & working thru partnerships around issues
    • Identifying & working with champions
    • Working closely with clerk assistants to parliamentary committees
    • Demonstrating the benefits to MPs
  • Engaging MPs with Research cont’d
    • Demonstrating the extent of the problems that their constituents face
    • Explaining what the problem means for the development of their constituents
    • Stating clearly the role MPs can play in addressing the challenges
    • Understanding & responding to the challenges that MPs face in accessing & using research evidence
  • A Kenyan MP addresses participants at an MPs meeting organized by APHRC & other partners
  • Engaging Journalists with Research
    • Working through journalist networks & associations
    • Working with individual journalists
    • Awards of excellence
    • Media briefings & releases
    • Trainings & sensitization sessions
    • Journalist field visits
    • Writing media pieces – features/letters to the editor/piggy-backing
  • Engaging Journalists with Research
    • Developing media engagement skills of APHRC researchers
    • Ensuring that APHRC researchers are easily reachable for interviews/comments
    • Understanding & responding to the challenges that journalists face in reporting research
  • Journalists at a Media Briefing organized by APHRC in Nairobi
  • Achievements
    • Establishment of the Kenya Parliamentary Network on Population and Development
    • Introduction of a budget line for FP services in Kenya’s national budget
    • Increased media coverage
    • Increased interest among journalists to cover research
  • Challenges
    • Frequent changes in MPs after every election
    • MPs priorities
    • Media deadlines
    • Media priorities
    • Limited funding
  • Conclusions
    • Sustained engagement is critical
    • Frame research in clear & accessible ways - the way research is packaged & communicated influences its uptake by MPs & journalists
    • Frame research messages to align with bigger political or development issues
  • Conclusions cont’d
    • Work in partnerships with a range of actors – build coalitions – to get MPs to focus on what research is revealing
    • Foster demand for research among MPs & journalists
    • Continuously sensitize MPs & journalists on research processes & the role of research in development
    • Thank you