You can find out more information about the seesions at the Power of In-Between Conference on this page. A full programme is also available to download here.
Details of all the sessions and the speakers at the conference are listed below with links to a blog record on each session. Within each blog you can find links to the powerpoint presentations. You can also view all the presentations from the conference here.
Day 1 : Tuesday 1st July
Opening session: welcome from the organisers and introduction to the conference process, objectives and agenda
Address from Dr Anil Kanjee, Executive Director, Centre for Education Quality Improvement, HSRC on behalf of Dr Olive Shisana CEO of South African Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).
Session 1: Perspectives on the “problem” of evidence based policy making
A panel discussion explored the problems around information and knowledge flows, processes and structures that inhibit use of research in policy and practice.
This presentation shared ideas about the ways in which research brokers and intermediaries contribute to other structures of communication and presented hypotheses to consider over the conference.
Presenter: Geoff Barnard, Head of Information Department, Institute of Development Studies, UK
Chair: Faye Reagon, Director of Information Services, HSRC
Session 3: Exhibition space
The exhibition space ran throughout the 2 days with time scheduled in the programme to explore it. This was an opportunity for participants to learn more about practice in the sector, to debate and share their ideas.
Session 4: Interventions for change: from access to action
These sessions explored interventions that research brokers and intermediaries are undertaking to address different aspects of the problem.
Discussant and chair: Gracian Chimwaza, Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), South Africa/Zimbabwe
Discussant: Joanne Carpenter, RELAY Programme, PANOS UK who shared PANOS work with journalists as a means of creating demand for research
Chair: Mark Hepworth, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, UK
Discussant and chair: Catherine Fisher, Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS, UK
Discussant and Chair: Andrew Chetley, Healthlink UK
Session 5: Research brokers and intermediaries in different sectors and contexts
This session explored the actors, structures and process around evidence based pro poor policy and practice in different sectors.
Discussant and Chair : Andree Gacion, Aids Portal.org
Discussant: Mary Mbekani, National Small Holder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) and Research Into Use Programme
Chair: Freida McCormack, id21 editor, IDS, UK
Chair and discussant: Jenny Radloff APC
Chair: Richard Humphries, HSRC
Day 1 Close: Evening social event
Day 2: Wednesday 2nd July
Session 1: Reflections on the first day of the conference
This session gave participants a chance to share their reflections on day one of the conference.
Session 2: The changing world of research communication
This session looked at what is changing in the world of research communication from the perspective of people working in information and communication roles and at the supply end of research.
Chair: David Barnard, SANGONET
Session 3: Practical issues in research brokering and intermediation
Workshop 1: Web 2.0 and what it means for brokering and intermediation
Led by: Peter Ballantyne and Chris Addison, EUFORIC / R4D
The emergence of ‘social’ or ‘participatory’ web 2.0 applications and tools provides many opportunities for research information brokers and intermediaries to get closer to their audiences and constituencies. The same tools also pose some threats and challenges to organizations working with research information and knowledge. This workshop built on the experiences of Euforic and R4D – exploring both the transforming possibilities and the emerging challenges associated with web 2.0 in research contexts.
Workshop 2: Identifying outcomes and impact, monitoring and information of research brokering and intermediation
Led by: Anna Downie, Strategic Learning Initiative, IDS
This session looked at issues around the monitoring and evaluation of research brokers and intermediaries. It’s not easy evaluating the impact of research communication- whether we are looking at its influence on knowledge, learning, decision-making or development outcomes- and this is even more difficult for intermediaries and brokers of a wide range of research. This session shared some of the experiences of evaluation in the IDS Knowledge Services and gave participants a chance to discuss some key questions: What challenges do we all face? What sorts of outcomes, indicators, frameworks and methods are relevant?
Workshop 3: Edge of Networks: success factors in virtual collaboration and networking for research-policy linkages
Led by: Damir Simunic, Edge of Networks, WA Research SA
This workshop introduced Edge of Network (http://edgeof.net); a new concept describing important success factors in virtual collaboration and networking. It has emerged from seven years of trial and error work in virtual collaboration in a number of large international organizations and non-profits including WHO, UNAIDS, UNHCR. The workshop went beyond the theory and introduce very concrete success factors, important for brokering research and virtual collaboration in general.
Workshop 4: Uncovering Open Access: seizing the moment and making it work for you
Led by: Martie van Deventer, Head of Information Services Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CISR) South Africa
There is extensive coverage and discussion in various disciplines and the literature regarding open access. The open access movement is supported and advanced by a wide range of interest groups and activities such as national and international organisations, the academic community, governments and publishers. While open access is gaining strength and popularity as the new model for dissemination of information, there are still many unresolved issues particularly in its application. This session covered challenges and rewards in this area and focuses particularly on the implementation of Institutional Repositories and the development of publishing models.
LUNCH and Exhibition Space
Session 4: “Thorny issues” for research brokers and intermediaries
This session asked to identify issues had emerged over the conference so far for further discussion in small groups.
Chair: Catherine Fisher (IDS)
Session 5: How do research brokers and intermediaries contribute to evidence based policy making? Revisited
An invited panel was asked to reflect on whether the hypotheses and ideas introduced in Session 2 on Day 1 have been upheld. The panel reflected on the significance of the event and indicated to future action.
Chair: Geoff Barnard, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK
Session 6: Closing remarks