Stimulating research uptake through stories of change and networking

Report of the Jordan midterm meeting of the SRHR research programme

12 April 2019

'If you are not ashamed of the first version of your story, you waited too long to share it' - one of the valuable tips given by the ‘stories of change’ trainer during the midterm workshop for the SRHR research projects in Jordan. The workshop focused on research uptake, cross-learning, sharing preliminary research findings with the wider SRHR community in Jordan and receiving useful recommendations for linking research to policy from Jordan experts.

Following a successful kick-off workshop of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) programme in February 2018, a joint midterm workshop was organised by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development and Share-Net Jordan on 25 and 26 February 2019. Share-Net Jordan is a country hub of the Knowledge Platform on SRHR.

Networking with the wider SRHR community in Jordan

The workshop included a public networking session where the research projects shared the progress of their research with the wider SRHR community in Jordan. They did this through short pitches, followed by a poster session where the policy makers, practitioners and researchers had the opportunity to get acquainted with the research teams and to discuss the preliminary research findings further.

A panel with Jordan experts about the use of SRHR research in policy and practice in Jordan offered useful insights on how SRHR research impacted policy and practice in the past (or how it failed and what could explain that).

Panel recommendations for linking research to policy

  • Carry out a thorough stakeholders’ analysis: involve all stakeholders in all steps (from analysis, to policies, to statements)
  • Engage different interests groups, such as community leaders, religious leaders
  • Involve a key champion for a research outcome (royal/ministerial level)
  • Include targeting high-level decision makers in dissemination strategies
  • Apply advocacy and social/traditional media dissemination techniques
  • Establish a high-level national steering committee
  • Engage the private sector in all steps and give them credit for their work
  • Ensure the use of comprehensive data to extend the creditability of the work
  • Trigger and manage dialogue
  • Based on research findings, develop an action plan that policy makers can use
  • Aim for action when reaching out to decision makers.

Stories of change

The midterm workshop also included a one-day training on stories of change for the research teams. The focus was on documenting key turning points and research results and shape them into attractive and informative presentations and publications. The training included both a theoretical foundation and a practical experience in developing and sharing stories of change.

Cross-learning

Furthermore, the research teams had an in-depth and collaborative discussion about issues around their research, e.g. on the process of obtaining local approval for the project and on dealing with sensitivities around SRHR in their research. They gave each other recommendations on how to tackle some of the challenges encountered, or shared how they had overcome their own. There was also room for each team to practice their pitches about the progress of their research and important insights they had gained so far and to receive feedback from the other teams and the organisers.

Follow-up

The research projects aim to finalise their research end of 2019 and in addition to their own dissemination activities (such as organising a final meeting with their stakeholders), a final joint meeting will be organised where there will be the opportunity to share the research results with a broad audience.

The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) research programme

The SRHR research programme aims to generate insights in and a better understanding of processes that determine and strengthen the sexual and reproductive health of people, as well as their ability to claim their sexual and reproductive rights. The programme strives to contribute to improving and innovating SRHR policies and practices, with a special focus on empowering young people and key populations.

The SRHR-research programme develops calls for proposals on identified thematic areas and knowledge gaps by the Knowledge Platform for SRHR, which is initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.

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Source: NWO