Last week I posted a blog about why agricultural research Centres, programs, projects and even individuals should be adopting a ‘new brand’ of agricultural research for development by making use of various pathways for making their knowledge more available, accessible and applicable. This post outlined some key unique selling points as well as evidence for making use of pathways towards greater coherence in information for agricultural research for development (CIARD).
So if you’re now sold on the WHY you should be doing this, but don’t know HOW, this post is a follow-up to give you some ideas, methods and tips to get started: it’s as easy as ABC…
Follow the ABC’s
- Examine your institute and the ways it makes its outputs available and accessible to others. Also look at what policies, structures, capacities and incentives support or hinder this [see our benchmarking work]
- Identify areas for improvement and set goals, considering target actors, contexts and capacities [see our KSinR work]
- Explore what pathways can be adopted or enhanced to achieve those goals [see some Pathways documented]
- Start with a few people who might want to use some tools and methods in your institute and in research projects: give them support, monitor and evaluate how the activities and tools are working.
- Show-off what is being done and achieved by others
- Provide seminars and training to raise awareness and build capacity amongst others
- Keep reviewing and learning along the way
- Add more ‘pathways’ to the portfolio as you go along
- Many of these pathways are freely available and easy to use. However, implementing these pathways may require new policies, different skills sets, and specific allocation of budget, so these supporting structures will need to be addressed
And don’t forget to CHAMPION:
- Provide the right policies to support the adoption and use of pathways in the institute and in projects
- Provide the right incentives, benefits and rewards for research and communication/information staff to undertake these activities
- Share what you are doing with others, providing information on what you are doing, how you have done it, as well as any evidence on positive changes or impact from doing this
And for the last point, please share with us too what you are doing, how you are doing and what the results are!
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