Research-oriented organizations cannot be satisfied just knowing they have produced high quality science. It is essential that the outputs of research are communicated and put to use, in the village, on the ground, in the lab, or across the negotiating table.
On 30 November 2008, the ICT-KM Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Forum on Agricultural Research for Africa (FARA) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID – through its R4D initiative) will organise a practical briefing session as part of the CGIAR Annual General Meeting in Maputo.
The session starts from the premise that research outputs can – and must – be much more open and accessible. For this:
– We need to give priority to the ‘accessibility’ as well as to the ‘quality’ of research outputs.
– We need a better overview of the various research products and the ways and means we can make them accessible.
– We can use a ‘triple A’ policy and action checklist to maximize both the accessibility of these outputs and the chances that they will be applied and put to use.
– We need to build communication partnerships with ‘adaptive and delivery’ agents that will take and apply knowledge from research, reinforcing their capacities as required.
The session draws on expertise from three partners – the CGIAR ICT-KM Program, FARA, and the DFID/R4D project led by CABI.
– We will demonstrate the ‘accessibility gap’, showing how truly inaccessible some research outputs actually are.
– We will illustrate ‘paths to accessibility’, showing concrete changes that help to make research outputs more accessible.
– Participants will take away a checklist of questions and actions to help assess and improve the accessibility of their research.