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, http://scienceincommunity.wordpress.com/

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

    1. 1. 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
    2. 2. APHRC in Brief <ul><li>Pan-African organization that conducts research on population, health & education to inform policy & practice </li></ul><ul><li>3 core priorities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Generate research evidence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inform policy & practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthen research capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Urbanization & wellbeing; Population & RH; Health challenges & systems; and Education </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Research done to solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>MPs’ role – oversight, legislation & representation </li></ul><ul><li>Journalists expand the reach of development information, thus promote its uptake </li></ul>
    4. 4. Engaging MPs with Research <ul><li>Actively involving MPs in research dissemination meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Forming & working thru partnerships around issues </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying & working with champions </li></ul><ul><li>Working closely with clerk assistants to parliamentary committees </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating the benefits to MPs </li></ul>
    5. 5. Engaging MPs with Research cont’d <ul><li>Demonstrating the extent of the problems that their constituents face </li></ul><ul><li>Explaining what the problem means for the development of their constituents </li></ul><ul><li>Stating clearly the role MPs can play in addressing the challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding & responding to the challenges that MPs face in accessing & using research evidence </li></ul>
    6. 6. A Kenyan MP addresses participants at an MPs meeting organized by APHRC & other partners
    7. 7. Engaging Journalists with Research <ul><li>Working through journalist networks & associations </li></ul><ul><li>Working with individual journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Awards of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Media briefings & releases </li></ul><ul><li>Trainings & sensitization sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Journalist field visits </li></ul><ul><li>Writing media pieces – features/letters to the editor/piggy-backing </li></ul>
    8. 8. Engaging Journalists with Research <ul><li>Developing media engagement skills of APHRC researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that APHRC researchers are easily reachable for interviews/comments </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding & responding to the challenges that journalists face in reporting research </li></ul>
    9. 9. Journalists at a Media Briefing organized by APHRC in Nairobi
    10. 10. Achievements <ul><li>Establishment of the Kenya Parliamentary Network on Population and Development </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of a budget line for FP services in Kenya’s national budget </li></ul><ul><li>Increased media coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Increased interest among journalists to cover research </li></ul>
    11. 11. Challenges <ul><li>Frequent changes in MPs after every election </li></ul><ul><li>MPs priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Media deadlines </li></ul><ul><li>Media priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Limited funding </li></ul>
    12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>Sustained engagement is critical </li></ul><ul><li>Frame research in clear & accessible ways - the way research is packaged & communicated influences its uptake by MPs & journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Frame research messages to align with bigger political or development issues </li></ul>
    13. 13. Conclusions cont’d <ul><li>Work in partnerships with a range of actors – build coalitions – to get MPs to focus on what research is revealing </li></ul><ul><li>Foster demand for research among MPs & journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Continuously sensitize MPs & journalists on research processes & the role of research in development </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>

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