Anne Radday and Helen Young share approaches to conducting research that will help it resonates with decision makers
Anne Radday and Helen Young describe specific ways that researchers can conduct their research to help it resonate with decision makers in a blog post for the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters website.
Research is an important tool to improve resilience programming and policies across the globe. But it is only helpful if it gets used. So how do you improve the chances of that happening?
Prior to joining the Building Resilience to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) team at Tufts, Anne spent many years developing tools and services to help decision makers understand what research exists on their interests, how to assess that research, and how to use it in their organization.
The main challenge these leaders faced when it came to research was that there is too much of it, with too little time to sort through it.
When you produce research and put it out through the web, social media, email, and events you risk it falling to the bottom of the inbox until it gets deleted in an inbox purge.
So, how do you make sure that key people use your research? You must ensure that they:
1. Know about it
2. Understand it
3. Trust it