A major challenge faced by researchers today is how to communicate their research outputs more effectively.
The CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) and GFAR (Global Forum on Agricultural Research) are conducting a global survey to gather evidence from researchers on potential gains and concerns of a wider communication of research results, and promote innovative pathways for better sharing their outputs.
This survey is intended for researchers working in agriculture, livestock, forestry, fisheries, food and nutrition, and related biological, environmental, economic and social fields.
Your participation in this survey is very valuable, and we also want to encourage you to extend this invitation to other colleagues and peers working on the disciplines mentioned.
A short questionnaire is now available online in three languages:
- English- http://surveymonkey.com/s/ciard-researcher
- French- http://surveymonkey.com/s/ciard-chercheur
- Spanish- http://surveymonkey.com/s/ciard-investigador
This survey is part of a study on CIARD (Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research in Development) a unique global partnership working to make agricultural knowledge and information truly accessible to all.
A bit about CIARD
The global initiative on coherence in information in agricultural research for development (CIARD) is working to make agricultural research information publicly available and accessible to all. This means working with organisations that hold information or that create new knowledge – to help them disseminate it more efficiently and make it easier to access.
CIARD promotes pathways already explored and documented for making research more accessible. The CGIAR is just one of several partner organizations involved in the CIARD initiative, with the ICT-KM Program actively promoting CIARD pathways through its website, workshops, Share Fairs and other events. CIARD is closely aligned with the CGIAR’s own Triple A Framework, which was developed by the ICT-KM Program to encourage CGIAR Centers make their information, knowledge and outputs more Available, Accessible and Applicable.
But as CIARD tried to promote and ‘sell’ a new brand of agricultural research for development by using the pathways, it has realised that it is key to understand how to motivate more knowledge sharing in research through using the appropriate carrots and sticks. This is especially necessary as the initiative has opened up its advocacy and pathways to encourage more researchers to get involved in sharing knowledge in a more coherent and accessible way.
We hope that you will take the time to fill out the survey, and share it with others too, so we can learn how best to incentivise and give benefits to improve the availability and accessibility of agricultural knowledge.
Blog content modified from survey invitation letter provided by CIARD/Stephen Rudgard
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