CORD Recoup Communication Activities 2005 09


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CORD Recoup Communication Activities 2005 09

  1. 1. CORD-RECOUP Communication Activities 2005-09 Communication Plan 2009-10
  2. 2. Inception Phase Oct 2005 – March 2006 <ul><li>Purpose: Prepare for the inception workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of list of key stakeholders, mailing lists and list of invitees for Inception Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Communication of RECOUP research through informal network and mailing list to identified stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Formulation of tentative communication plan based on perceived needs of CORD principal researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Formation of National Advisory Committee – A team of senior researchers and subject experts to guide RECOUP research and communication in India </li></ul>
  3. 3. April – June 2006 <ul><li>Objective: - Rapport building in the field </li></ul><ul><li>- Network with stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>- Meet key stakeholders in 2 selected states and communicate about RECOUP research </li></ul><ul><li>Updating list of key stakeholders, mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Two provisional flyers giving information on RECOUP research in India. One in Hindi aimed at the vernacular audience and respondents and the other in English. </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation with NAC members to identify stakeholders and key research issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Informal communications about RECOUP research with government officials and civil society members with whom CORD was in contact already </li></ul><ul><li>Two visits made by three senior CORD members to the two selected states – one to Rajasthan and one to Madhya Pradesh – to identify key contacts, meet policy makers and understand the state level policies and their implementation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. July – September 2006 <ul><li>Objective: - Communicate about RECOUP research and objectives to stakeholders and policymakers at the state/district level </li></ul><ul><li>State/district level visits and meetings and networking with government officials and NGOs, collectors, key community persons, experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dayaram, NUEPA, JNU (Ravi Shrivastava), Director, NCEUS, Michael Ward, Dhir Jhingran, Anil Bodia, M L Mehta (Vice Chairman, Livelihoods Commission, GO Rajasthan); MS Rathode, SSA Bhopal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collectors of the two qualitative research districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Secretary, Bhopal; Commissioner of Education, Bhopal, senior SSA officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DEOs of both districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal ITI, Alwar; principal of a private ITI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Samavesh, Ekalavya, Samarthan – MP; Bodh, Matsya Mewat Shiksha Sansthan, Rajasthan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reworking provisional flyer to produce a more effective one </li></ul>
  5. 5. October – December 2006 <ul><li>Objective: - Establish communication and rapport with communities to be researched </li></ul><ul><li>- Establish contacts with local officials, NGOs, teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Hindi flyers were of immense help </li></ul><ul><li>Contacts established with experts in the field of Education Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation on RECOUP research made to researchers, field experts and NAC members at the end of the qualitative training workshop in November, followed by dinner </li></ul><ul><li>Invited to research design workshop of CREATE RPC </li></ul><ul><li>Planned: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>communication meeting at one site district; cancelled due to commitments of partner NGO, Eklavya </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting with CREATE RPC Access northern team; cancelled due to qualitative workshop at that time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting with the World Bank; postponed till findings came </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Newsletter and CORD website planned </li></ul>
  6. 6. January – March 2007 <ul><li>Objective: - Continue communication and rapport building with communities to be researched </li></ul><ul><li>- Establish contacts with local officials, NGOs, teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Provisional Hindi and English flyers finalised and printed </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive meetings and discussions with community leaders and key people </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting held with Eklavya, active education NGO at the research site district. Anu Gupta inducted into the NAC. </li></ul><ul><li>2-page RECOUP Newsletter prepared </li></ul><ul><li>Contributions to RECOUP website that was being put in place </li></ul><ul><li>NAC meeting on preliminary research findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Size of CORD team and its visibility a challenge. Suggestions of combining force with other active civil society groups as more effective method. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fruitlessness and dangers of communicating preliminary research findings highlighted. Decision to wait for final findings and engage in activities to network and increase visibility of CORD and RECOUP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expressed need for increased inter-partner communication </li></ul>
  7. 7. April – June 2007 <ul><li>Objective: - Continue with networking and visibility exercises in community and at local level </li></ul><ul><li>- Preparations for community communication meeting next quarter </li></ul><ul><li>Skills research design workshop enhanced inter-partner communication </li></ul><ul><li>Planning of community workshops by researchers – identifying breast feeding and weaning, based on the need for information expressed by respondents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No need expressed by respondents of H&F for sharing of research findings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interactions with Eklavya, district collectors, local women leaders, teachers </li></ul>
  8. 8. July – September 2007 <ul><li>Objective: - Community workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Visual material prepared by researchers on nutrition and breast feeding in collaboration with faculty of Lady Irwin College, New Delhi </li></ul><ul><li>4 meetings held in the 4 research sites attended by 30 women each. In MP, session by Anu of Eklavya on use of medicines, injections and glucose </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced visibility, and participants in 3 sites engaged in active discussion and appreciated the effort. In one site the village head’s wife, primary school teacher and health workers attended; in another site health and anganwadi workers attended </li></ul><ul><li>Communication material not suited for the group that finally attended in 2 sites (mainly older women came); none of the respondents attended in any site; people in a hurry to go for work or attend to children or housework; had to be dragged </li></ul><ul><li>The theme limited wider community interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Informed about the forthcoming skills work </li></ul>
  9. 9. October – December 2007 <ul><li>Objective: - Networking and visibility </li></ul><ul><li>- Preparation for conference presentations </li></ul><ul><li>- Enhance rapport with community </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive networking at the local level government offices prior to and during the household survey – collectors of six districts met. Very positive response from all. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Response more in terms of extending help and cooperation than interest in research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meetings conferences attended: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Release workshop of World Bank Report on Disability in India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Interactions with member of Rehabilitation Council of India </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presented paper on Adolescents at the 8 th International conference on Asian Youth and Childhoods; helped in understanding of issues for the YGC strand and interact with other interested groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research seminar by CREATE RPC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNICEF Roundtable on Developing Policies and Strategies for inclusion of Dalit Children </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Village maps prepared by researchers framed and presented to school principals in one rural site – village head requested it to be done ceremonially at a function in the school </li></ul><ul><li>MTR conducted by DFID – Partners had major issues with the process and understanding. Communication identified as key area of improvement by review. </li></ul>
  10. 10. January – March 2008 <ul><li>Objective: - Networking and visibility </li></ul><ul><li>- Preparation for conference presentations </li></ul><ul><li>- Enhance rapport with community </li></ul><ul><li>Continued networking at the local level government offices, schools, community during the household survey – its scope and structure allowed for more widespread interactions with and visibility in the community; especially the community schedules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Response more in terms of extending help and cooperation/complaints than interest in research </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environment assessment and Communication strategy finalised and documented </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions with CORD senior members on strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion in NAC meeting on Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NAC meeting in February: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations made on the CORD-RECOUP communication strategy; highlighted advise on strategy for involving policy makers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NAC reinforced impossibility of making policy makers take interest and spare time for research designed and commissioned by outsiders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking with other groups thought to be best strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid-term dissemination – joint seminar explored </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Possibility of a combined dissemination with CREATE explored, given NUEPA’s status and standing among policy maker </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings and conferences: (to be filled) </li></ul>
  11. 11. April – June 2008 <ul><li>Objective: - Preparations for Mid-term dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>- Contacting policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>- Networking and visibility activities </li></ul><ul><li>Launching of CORD website with extensive information on RECOUP </li></ul><ul><li>Communication strategy document discussed within core team </li></ul><ul><li>Planning meetings with CREATE RPC </li></ul><ul><li>Updating of mailing lists </li></ul><ul><li>Activities in preparation for MTD </li></ul><ul><li>Communication to policy makers known to CORD on RECOUP research and request for meeting – largely unsuccessful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faced with the issue of “which department to target”, for the first time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Initial communication on MTD to invitees ( I may have written it wrong maybe next quarter) </li></ul>
  12. 12. July – September 2008 <ul><li>Objective: - Preparations for Mid-term dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>- Contacting policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>- Networking and visibility activities </li></ul><ul><li>- use donor research as communication channel </li></ul><ul><li>Updating of CORD website with extensive information on RECOUP </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy document finalised, revised and sent to Cambridge, along with Environment Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Planning meetings with CREATE RPC </li></ul><ul><li>Activities in preparation for MTD </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts by CREATE and RECOUP members to contact policy makers through informal and formal networks (letters, phone follow up) – no results </li></ul><ul><li>Communication on MTD circulated to all invitees </li></ul><ul><li>First CORD e-newsletter sent to 1000 recipients over e-mail; 25 hard copies circulated at different forums; reached researchers, government officials, donors, area experts, civil society bodies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion in CORD core group on effectiveness in view of flood of communication material received from various sources – how much of our sustained time and attention do they attract? </li></ul></ul>