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What you will learn

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    Understand the key interwoven elements of Research for Impact in the context of development and adaptation research.

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    Identify the suite of activities involved in Research for Impact

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    Appraise opportunities in your research plan through an Research for Impact lens and identify challenges applying a Research for Impact approach

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 22 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Introduction to Research for Impact

10 videos (Total 69 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Course structure5m
Climate change and complex systems4m
Wicked problems and adaptation research6m
What is Research for Impact?8m
Elements of Research for Impact5m
Why researchers use Research for Impact11m
Case study: India - Adaptation along the rural-urban continuum - Chandni Singh8m
Case study: Botswana - Climate change adaptation: Perceptions vs. reality - Hillary Masundire6m
Case study: India - How vulnerability and climate change impacts migration from the deltas - Sumana Banerjee3m
11 readings
How the course works10m
Meet the course team10m
What to expect in week 110m
Dancing with systems10m
Adaptation is a wicked problem10m
Research ethics, principles and practice10m
Research impact10m
Case study: India - Adaptation along the rural-urban continuum - Chandni Singh10m
Case study: Botswana - Climate change adaptation: Perceptions vs. reality - Hillary Masundire10m
Week 1 resources10m
Glossary of Acronyms10m
2 practice exercises
Research for Impact approach10m
Week 1: Research for Impact20m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Planning for Impact

10 videos (Total 79 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
10 videos
Social change and complexity8m
Planning for change with a complexity lens8m
Impact pathways in Research for Impact10m
Understanding the system you want to influence11m
Choosing your strategies6m
Observing, reflecting and adjusting8m
Case study: Ethiopia - Mitigating the effects of Prosopis Juliflora - Mark Tebboth9m
Case study: Ethiopia - Mitigating the effects of Prosopis Juliflora - Alemayehu Zewdie2m
In conversation with Marta9m
6 readings
What to expect in Week 210m
Theory of Change10m
Gender10m
Monitoring and learning10m
Case study: Ethiopia - Mitigating the effects of Prosopis Juliflora10m
Week 2 resources10m
1 practice exercise
Adjusting your course
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Engaging and Partnering

11 videos (Total 89 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
Strategic partnerships10m
Why should I work with stakeholders?5m
Who are my stakeholders anyway?7m
Principles of stakeholder engagement9m
Stakeholder engagement methodologies5m
Power and politics in climate change research and action10m
Case study: Ghana Using Transformative Scenario Planning to identify community problems and collaboratively develop solutions - Prince Ansah11m
Case study: Botswana - Using Transformative Scenario planning and Vulnerability Risk Assessments to include community knowledge in policymaking - Chandapiwa Molefe8m
Researchers share their practical challenges in using the Research for Impact approach8m
In conversation with Daniel9m
6 readings
What to expect in week10m
Participatory processes10m
Introducing power analysis10m
Case Study: Ghana - Using Transformative Scenario Planning to identify community problems and collaboratively develop solutions - Prince Ansah10m
Case Study: Botswana - Using Transformative Scenario planning and Vulnerability Risk Assessments to include community knowledge in policymaking - Chandapiwa Molefe10m
Week 3 resources10m
2 practice exercises
Stakeholder engagement and power relations
Week 3: Engaging and Partnering
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Communicating for Impact

9 videos (Total 60 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Why strategic communications?4m
Strategic communications and the Research for Impact elements5m
Planning for effective research communication - Part I11m
Planning for effective research communication - Part II7m
Planning for effective research communication - Part III7m
Knowledge systems, management, analysis and brokers7m
Case study: Ghana - Strategic communications for impact - Kwasi Appeaning Addo6m
In conversation with Prathigna6m
6 readings
What to expect in week 410m
Know your audience and craft your message10m
Channels - getting the message across10m
The elevator pitch10m
Case study: Ghana - Strategic communications for impact - Kwasi Appeaning Addo10m
Week 4 resources10m
1 practice exercise
Research communications and knowledge systems
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Top reviews from Research for Impact

By DPJun 12th 2019

It is really helpful for upcoming researchers and practitioners! It changes the view to see an research.

By AJJun 26th 2019

Very informative & I enjoyed the peer evaluations because it offered more learning opportunities.

Instructors

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Mark New

Director
African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI)
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Jesse DeMaria-Kinney

PlanAdapt and ACDI Associate
African Climate Development Initiative (ACDI)

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