The field of communication has always been part of international development practice and research.  Successful development calls for the conscious and active participation of the intended beneficiaries at every stage of the development process.  Communication and participation can be seen as two sides of the same coin. Research communication (ResCom) is about making research relevant and known by policy-makers, practitioners and other researchers. This requires active listening, networking, and strategic dissemination mechanisms. Research to policy uptake benefits from the participation of stakeholders (researchers and policy makers) throughout the research process. Engaging stakeholders in the research process and sharing findings is part and parcel of the research strategy.  An explicit communication strategy is useful to support engagement efforts, to allow for the exchange of ideas, and to choose effective channels to disseminate findings.

For more information, see:

What is Research Communication? (a 3-page brief)

A summary of 3 recent papers on ResCom (a presentation)

What is ResCom? (a presentation to one of our partners)