Evidence to Action
We want your research to generate action. Let us show you how we can help your research and data influence policy and action.
Lushomo has maintained Twitter accounts for two different organisational entities. Additionally, we have provided advice and support for a number of clients and partners who are operating multi-channel social media campaigns. We have developed a following with large numbers of individuals who share an interest in the specific issues that we have been working on, including vector-borne diseases and environment, and climate and health more broadly.
Newsletters and blogs
Lushomo has developed and managed newsletters for two organisations (Clim-Health Africa and VBD-Environment). Our newsletters are usually designed in a team process that includes editors and graphic designers. Only once we are happy with the content, look and structure of the newsletter, do we issue the newsletter through a Third Party mailing application.
Our work on research uptake and evidence informed decision making includes training and capacity building. As an example, we are part of a CIDA funded project building the capacity of researchers to share their results. Training has included remote assistance in designing research uptake strategies and materials. It has also included hands-on training exercises in Geneva, Pretoria and other locations.
Analysis and interpretation
Certain jobs involve generating text and images from raw data. This can involve thoroughly editing text, statistical analysis, and mapping. Along with creating the final polished text, we will conceptualise graphics that help to convey the key messages within the information. These products can then be shared across different platforms.
Research uptake and evaluation
We have monitoring and evaluation experience within the team, having led the evaluations of a variety of research uptake projects. Our team members have been involved in evaluations of evidence into action projects for DFID, WHO and other organisations.
Thinking and analysis for research uptake
Important evaluation and research information is often not shared in an accessible way. Technical experts sometimes lack the resources to put the information they are working with to use, for advocacy, mobilisation or research-uptake. Lushomo is working with Columbia University, WHO and a number of research organisations to advance their research uptake. Our long experience in the technical side of these issues, coupled with our practical experience of generating research uptake materials is helping us develop toolkits for evidence into action, and articles in peer-reviewed literature (forthcoming).
Low literacy materials
Lushomo was borne from Thomas Scalway’s experience as a consultant for health communication work. This included developing and testing a range of low-literacy materials, for USAID, C-Change and a number of other agencies and national governments around Africa. Since this time, we have been looking for opportunities to develop low-literacy materials for our clients and partners. One example is a low literacy flip-chart, which is being adapted and translated for rural communities in countries in Southern and Eastern Africa.
We have a number of long-term partners that we help with ongoing project communication for research uptake. This includes five research teams all working at the intersection of climate change and health in Africa, vbd-environment.org. We have also had a long-standing partnership with the PHE programme within WHO Africa, helping them share their results and findings. This ongoing support allows the teams involved to know that they will always have access to quality information design that is tailored according to their objectives.
Strategies and Planning
We have helped a number of organisations develop research uptake strategies. One example was for Clim-Health Africa, a branch of WHO. Together with Soul City, Thomas Scalway developed the communication strategy for Clim-Health Africa. This included a number of priorities for advocacy, mobilisation and fund-raising. The strategy for Clim-Health Africa was the official communication plan following on from the Libreville Declaration. Activities laid out within the strategy ranged from generating communication materials, developing localised advocacy plans, working with local constituency groups and more.