Establish a presence in existing networks

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Partnerships between researchers, policy makers and policy end-users, Identify key networkers and salesmen, Use informal contacts.

In case of most issues which are subject to public policies, there already exist formal and informal networks among stakeholders with interest in given public policy. These networks represent an opportunity for a researcher or activist to present their findings and push their agenda. In order to establish a presence in such networks with the help of Web2.0 tools, it is necessary to:

Strategy: Find electronic (online) representations of existing networks, join them and publicize own findings in these networks

Tools and Usage Potentials Limitations Examples

Internet search can help to find appropriate online forums, but the most efficient way of locating and joining such networks is by inquiring among stakeholders.

Strategy: Make findings available in appropriate formats (these formats differ for specific networks)

Tools and Usage Potentials Limitations Examples
Collaboration tools

Wikis , Google Docs, Google Sites, Dropbox and other online collaboration tools.

Ease of editing and sharing encourages participation

Easy to develop an attractive presentation

Possibility to reference supporting evidence

Making sure everybody works with up-to-date versions of documents

Graphs and other visuals See above
Videos See above


Table of Contents of the iGuide

1. Introduction

2. Basic Communication Strategy and use of Web 2.0 Tools for Evidence Based Policy

3. Section 1: Political Context

4. Section 2: Evidence

5. Section 3: Links

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