Want to find out what was cooking at the CGIAR Strategic Communications Workshop in Penang, Malaysia?

Below, you can find out the ingredients that went into this four-day event. Read what the Transition Management Team had to say; what the CGIAR Communications Heads had to say; what the CIO had to say; what one of the facilitators had to say; and much more …

Then you can have your say, simply by leaving a comment or two.

Yammer Like a Twit

The Rise and Fall of Future Harvest – An Interview with Ruth Raymond

What Gets our Communications Leaders Excited?

Pictures Tell the Story

Finally, a CGIAR Reform Initiative with Legs

Giving the Sleeping Giant a Voice – An Interview with Klaus von Grebmer

A Collective Slam Dunk – An Interview with Nathan Russell

All You Have to Do Is Expose Yourself … So said Enrica Porcari

Fiona Chandler: Waiting for the Next Dance

Of Brick Bats and Kudos – An Interview with Simone Staiger-Rivas

What the participants are saying …

What the Transition Management Team is saying …

Spider Diagrams: CGIAR Strategic Communications Workshop Evaluation

The “Maximising Impact of Agricultural Research In Africa: A Workshop on Research Communication” set to take place October 21st and 22nd in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is being organised by IFPRI, WBI, GDN and ICT-KM.

To start the interactions amongst the participants, A DGroup has been set up.

The DGroup has already been used to:

  • upload documents, links and other resources
  • enter events in and around the workshop into the calendar
  • update profiles of the people in the group
  • send messages to the group

While useful and necessary information has started to circulate amongst the group via the DGroup, it has also seen a flurry of messages where people have introduced themselves.

Sue Canney-Davison, facilitator of the event, has also begun to post some interesting questions about everyone’s work and experiences on research communication and their expectations for the workshop… with more to follow in the days before the workshop.

  • The first question posed was: Let us know who you are”
  • This was followed by: “To whom do you normally communicate research, or would like to communciate research?”

Further questions circulating in the group include:

  • Can you share a little about the research communication work you are currently involved in?”
  • “What tools or medium are you working with and who are you communicating to using these?”

The responses are coming in-with everyone getting to know each other and starting to share their work and ideas:

For example: Brigitte Nyambo, Head Technology Transfer Unit, ICIPE- shared with everyone

My name is Brigitte Nyambo, A BSc agriculture graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania, MSc Applied Entomology and PhD Imperial College University of London; An IPM Specialist, has been pushing the R4D wheel barrow since 1994. Currently I head the technology Transfer Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) based in Nairobi-Kenya. Webpage: http://www.icipe.org

I communicate with and to scientists at international, regional and national levels, farmers, extension workers (regional and national), policy makers (international, regional and national), journalists (international, regional and national), students and development agencies

The response to the DGroup as a mechanism for communicating and sharing for this workshop has also been positive:

Jean Paul Ntezimana from Rwanda wrote:” Dear All, I am happy to find this communication tool between our group. Thank you to join and share ideas, hope to meet you next week.

For more information see http://www.gdnet.org/middle.php?oid=1492

The “Maximising Impact of Agricultural Research In Africa: A Workshop on Research Communication” being organised by IFPRI, WBI, GDN and ICT-KM (KSinR Project) is set to take place October 21st and 22nd in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Robert Zoellick of the World Bank recently proposed that funding for the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research should double in the next five years. However, research by itself does not necessarily lead to change either in the field or at the policy level. How can this link be strengthened?

This workshop will explore in detail how research institutes working in agriculture can maximize the impact of their work through enhanced communications, effective partnerships, and useful knowledge management strategies and initiatives.

For more information see http://www.gdnet.org/middle.php?oid=1492

Since 2004 the ICT-KM Program has funded the Online Learning Resources (OLR) project to identify and apply innovative ways to make available and accessible content knowledge of the CGIAR for teaching and learning purposes.

From the 15 of September, for 2 days participants from most CGIAR centers, a number of advanced research institutes and partner institutions will meet in Rome to look at the achievements, look for synergies with other related initiatives of the CGIAR and its partners and plan the activities ahead in the area of learning and capacity building.

Since  2004, the Online Learning Resources (OLR) Project has been adapting international educational technology standards to enhance the availability and accessibility of CGIAR learning resources for distance learning and Web-based instruction through a repository integrated with an open source learning management system. Recently, the OLR project has begun to assess the viability of an ISO standard for quality assurance for education, training and learning to enhance the quality of CGIAR learning resources and partnerships.
The project has also advised CGIAR training and capacity-building officers on pedagogical and technical implications of these technologies, and helped facilitate incorporation of these technologies to disseminate content knowledge for agricultural education, training and research capacity-strengthening. It has engaged with southern universities and researchers to identify needs for, and seek contributions to, share learning resources and related research or training support products. Northern universities have also assisted to facilitate international educational technology standards for knowledge sharing.

The following quote from the Evaluation and Impact of Training in the CGIAR, (CGIAR Science Council Secretariat, 2006) is evidence of the importance of the work of the Capacity Building community in the CGIAR:

“Greatest demand in [the] future is nevertheless foreseen for specialized short courses, individual non-degree and higher degree training (in collaboration with northern / southern universities). A major contribution is expected by making more materials available on-line. In this respect the Panel’s conclusions are supportive of the System’s ICT-Knowledge Management Initiative’s Online Learning Resources project, the objectives of which include to strengthen capacity, facilitate cooperation between Centers as well as to disseminate existing training and learning materials. […] The most promising future strategy for efficient sharing of responsibilities would seem to be through the multipartite training partnerships, already in operation, where northern and southern institutions are linked with the Centers, and the work load shared efficiently according to the distinctive competence of each one.”