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Author: 
Lisa Guernsey
Michael H. Levine
Publication Date
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Affiliation: 

New America (Guernsey); Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop (Levine)

"By paying close attention to the ways in which technologies and media may be deployed to promote new connections that advance critical skills and learning pathways - and by ensuring that educators, mentors, tech developers, and parents are prepared to help youngsters navigate a rapidly changing world - ...children can grow into adults who will keep our communities vibrant and flourishing."

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Contacts (user reference): 
Joan Ganz Coone...
Source: 

"Family Engagement and Early Learning in a Digital Age", by Lisa Guernsey, April 25 2017. Image credit: Aaron Morris

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Description: A working group seeking to improve the relevance, scale and quality of C4D in academia

This group emerged from an extensive discussion on The Communication Initiative platform that was prompted by a post from Caroline Hungwe entitled Lack of C4D modules in University courses. There were over 60 contributions to that discussion from a wide range of countries and perspectives, including many from academic institutions. From that discussion a number of people were interested in transitioning from an analysis of the issues to taking some action to make progress related to those issues. This group is the place for those people to connect and organise for that action. The group is co-moderated by Caroline Hungwe (Zimbabwe) and Andrew Skuse (Australia) with support from Warren Feek at The Communication Initiative. If you are interested in joining this group please log in and click "Join this Group” in the block to the right.

The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is inviting front-line practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, academics, researchers, and others to author scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and CGPP member NGOs to polio eradication. They hope to publish 10 such articles in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal as a way of sharing critical lessons learned in the past 18 years, highlighting successes, and promoting the tools, strategies, and innovations developed by CGPP that have relevance for control of other important diseases.

The deadline is March 17, 2017.

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The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is inviting front-line practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, academics, researchers, and others to author scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and CGPP member NGOs to polio eradication. They hope to publish 10 such articles in a peer-reviewed, open-access journal as a way of sharing critical lessons learned in the past 18 years, highlighting successes, and promoting the tools, strategies, and innovations developed by CGPP that have relevance for control of other important diseases.

The deadline is March 17, 2017.

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Author: 
Dustin Andres
Josh Woodard
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Sunday, September 1, 2013

This interactive handbook is designed to help practitioners working in agricultural development to plan and use social media for agricultural communications efforts. As explained in the handbook, “for agricultural development practitioners, social media tools can expand the reach of your community, strengthen partner relationships, support programmatic initiatives, and provide a vital means to increase the visibility of your public profile and engagement.” The book is intended for agricultural practitioners of various skill levels, however, its content will also be relevant to a broader audience interested in learning more about some emerging trends in social media applications for international development.

For the purposes of the handbook, social media refers to internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among people. These include but are not limited to:

Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English

Number of Pages: 

82

Contacts (user reference): 
Josh Woodard - ...
Source: 

ICT4Ag website on March 27 2017.

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Author: 
Purnima Menon
Phuong Hong Nguyen
Kuntal Kumar Saha
Adiba Khaled
Tina Sanghvi
Jean Baker
Kaosar Afsana
Raisul Haque
Edward A Frongillo
Marie T Ruel
Rahul Rawat
Publication Date
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Affiliation: 

International Food Policy Research Institute (Menon, Nguyen, Saha, Khaled, Ruel, Rawat); FHI 360 (Sanghvi, Baker); Save the Children (Nguyen); BRAC (Afsana, Haque); University of South Carolina (Frongillo)

"As the global momentum for investing in nutrition ramps up, there is an urgent need for demonstrated large-scale solutions for improving the most fundamental of nutrition actions, i.e., home-based behaviors to improve the quality of diets. This study offers compelling evidence that such interventions can be implemented at scale to deliver impact on what remains a substantial global challenge - improving children's diets."

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Contacts (user reference): 
Alive & Thrive (A&T)
Source: 

Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.3945/?jn.116.232314. Image credit: A&T

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Subtitle: 
Group Methods for Sharing, Discovery and Co-Creation
Publication Date
Year: 
2015

Principal Author: Meena Arivananthan
Contributing Authors: Angèle Bijanu, Paula Bulancea, Jens Matthes, Diksha Mudbhary-Sitaula, Eric Mullerbeck, Paola Storchi, and Ian Thorpe

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Number of Pages: 

210

Contacts (user reference): 
UNICEF Learning...
Source: 

UNICEF website, March 16 2017, and email from Eric Mullerbeck to The Communication Initiative on March 23 2017. Image credit: © UNICEF/NYHQ2009-1237/Pirozzi

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Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Context:
Every day in Bangladesh, more than 320 newborn babies die, and women have a 1 in 110 chance of dying during childbirth. Lack of knowledge, social and cultural barriers, and inequitable access to services, particularly in lower socio-economic groups, are limiting the uptake of healthier maternal and neonatal practices. With nearly 100 million Bangladeshi adults having access to a television, BBC Media Action developed a television drama, Ujan Ganger Naiya (Sailing Against the Tide), and discussion show, Natoker Pore (After the Drama), to help respond to these challenges. (See Related Summaries, below.)

Knowledge Shifts: 

Compared with the control, watching the health drama positively affected 4 of 5 knowledge areas (need to go for ANC in the first trimester, need to exclusively breast-feed in the first 3 days, need for 4 or more ANC check-ups, and need to always go for ANC), and watching the health drama and health discussion show positively affected 5 of 5 (also: need to start breast-feeding within an hour) knowledge areas. For example, women who watched the health drama only had an increase in knowledge of the need for 4 or more ANC check-ups of 15 percentage points compared with women in the control group; the number was 38 percentage points greater than the control group for those who watched both the health drama and health discussion show.

Intent to Practise:
Compared with the control, watching the health drama positively affected 4 of 9 behavioural intentions, and watching the health drama and health discussion show positively affected 6 of 9 behavioural intentions. For example, women who watched the health drama only had an increase in the intent to go for 4 or more ANC check-ups of 10 percentage points compared with women in the control group; the number was 42 percentage points greater than the control group for those who watched both the health drama and health discussion show.

Increased Discussion of Maternal and Newborn Health Issues:
Most women had gone on to discuss information from the programmes with others, suggesting a potential diffusion effect. However, neither format affected women's intentions to talk to their husbands about exclusive breastfeeding in particular.

Other Impacts: 

Audiences responded differently to the two formats, with equal, dose response, reinforcement, and dampening effects being seen. Content analysis of the programmes found that covering a health topic often and providing information that audiences perceived to be new led to greater increases in knowledge and behavioural intent. It also suggested that, by covering pregnancy complications, the discussion show may have unintentionally triggered viewers to associate ANC check-ups with ill health, thereby dampening the drama's effects on this knowledge area.

Analysis also revealed intra-audience differences in responses to the two formats. For example, urban women gained more knowledge on the importance of going for 4 or more ANC visits from watching the health programmes than their rural counterparts.

"In brief, we found that watching Ujan Ganger Naiya and Natoker Pore, independently or in combination, positively affected both these drivers [women's knowledge and behavioural intent], and that exposure both the health drama and complementary discussion show had a greater effect. The study therefore demonstrated the power of media-delivered health interventions with multiple communication strands."

Contacts (user reference): 
BBC Media Action
Source: 

Emails from Delia Lloyd and Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi to The Communication Initiative on March 23 2017 and April 3 2017, respectively; and Can a Health Drama and Discussion Show Affect the Drivers of Behaviour Change? [PDF], by Anna Godfrey, March 2017.

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Description: A working group seeking to improve the relevance, scale and quality of C4D in academia

This group emerged from an extensive discussion on The Communication Initiative platform that was prompted by a post from Caroline Hungwe entitled Lack of C4D modules in University courses. There were over 60 contributions to that discussion from a wide range of countries and perspectives, including many from academic institutions. From that discussion a number of people were interested in transitioning from an analysis of the issues to taking some action to make progress related to those issues. This group is the place for those people to connect and organise for that action. The group is co-moderated by Caroline Hungwe (Zimbabwe) and Andrew Skuse (Australia) with support from Warren Feek at The Communication Initiative. If you are interested in joining this group please log in and click "Join this Group” in the block to the right.

Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Friday, December 9, 2016

"[I]n the case of maternal and child nutrition, advocacy can create permanent shifts that forever change the type of support and opportunity a family has to choose the best feeding practices."

This guide draws from lessons learned and best practices from Alive & Thrive (A&T), a multi-year regional nutrition advocacy initiative in Southeast Asia funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the governments of Canada and Ireland and managed by FHI 360. A&T has focused on improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF) policies specifically, but the results and lessons learned are relevant for a broad range of public health advocacy efforts.

The approach to advocacy involves a 4-part Process for Policy Change (shown on page 4). In brief, it entails:

Publisher: 
Number of Pages: 

18

Contacts (user reference): 
Alive & Thrive (A&T)
Source: 

A&T website, April 24 2017.

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