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Just a Story

Author: 
Steven Keewatin Sanderson
Publication Date: 
March 1, 2009
Month: 
January

Just a Story, a comic book on parent conflict and its effect on children, is from the Canadian organisation The Healthy Aboriginal Network.

Cost: 
CA$5.00 plus shipping, quantity prices available on the website.
Number of Pages: 

48

Source: 

Emailed press release from Sean Muir on August 11 2010, and The Healthy Aboriginal Network website.

Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution

Author: 
Richard Lance Keeble, ed.
John Tulloch, ed.
Florian Zollmann, ed.
Publication Date: 
January 1, 2010

Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution draws together the work of more than 20 international writers, journalists, theorists, and campaigners in the field of peace journalism.

Cost: 
SFR36.00, €23.20 (please consult the website for added VAT), £20.90, US$35.95
Number of Pages: 

373

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Media Divides: Communication Rights and the Right to Communicate in Canada

Author: 
Marc Raboy
Jeremy Shtern
Publication Date: 
April 13, 2010

Media Divides, a publication specific to Canadian communication rights, is a collection of writing intended to be a "report card", or democratic audit, on communications law and policy.

Cost: 
CA$90.00 Hardcover
Number of Pages: 

408

Source: 

Color It Rights! A Child's Introduction to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Accompanying Teacher's Guide

Publication Date: 
December 1, 2009

The "Color It Rights" colouring book and teacher's guide from Cape Breton University's Children's Rights Centre, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, are paired early child development materials designed to i

Languages: 

English, French

Source: 

Intro to Participatory Photo Mapping (PPM) and Using Participatory Photo Mapping (PPM) to Engage Communities

Author: 
Suzanne Gaulocher
Samuel Dennis, Jr.
David Brown
March 13, 2010
Affiliation: 

University of Wisconsin (Gaulocher and Dennis), Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (Brown)

Participatory Photo Mapping (PPM) is an integrative tool for documenting and communicating the experience of place to community stakeholders and decision-makers, discussed in a series of YouTube vi

Source: 

Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies, DGroups, April 27 2010; and emails from David Brown and Suzanne Gaulocher to The Communication Initiative on July 27 2010 and July 28 2010, respectively.

Evidence Informed Policy - PIE (Politicas Informada en la Evidence) - Web-Based Video Bulletin

This web-based internet bulletin in video and print format was developed by Políticas Informadas en la Evidencia through a joint

Communication Strategies: 

This bulletin is assembled to convey information in Spanish on the intricacies of the evidence-to-policy process. It is specifically geared to help researchers and policy makers, as well as technical officers from the Latin American National Health Authorities, understand the points in policy consideration at which evidence from research can play a role in informing decisionmaking. The bulletin is focused on Latin American regional policy makers and has been designed by a group of local experts with knowledge of local context and needs for low-income and developing countries.

The video presentations in the bulletin, presented in Spanish and English, are structured to present the role and value of using research-based evidence. Using primarily public health-based examples, the discussion between the Chilean and Canadian researchers ranges from: the use of evidence to inform policy formation, versus as a basis for policy making; its use in putting checks on constituency-based decisions by policy makers and politicians; and its role in evaluating the application of programmes from other countries. One reason expressed for using research to inform policy is that the stakeholders and political constituents may be moved by evidence, including budgetary information informed by evidence, and results-related evidence. The availability of evidence through print and online resources is cited as making research an accessible tool for policymakers.

The discussants examine rapid response by researchers to the needs of policy makers. A policy maker, for example, may face a decision with a deadline that is weeks, days, or hours away. The rapid response research unit must have strategies and resources that fit each timeframe and offer varying depths of information to policy makers depending on how many and which resources they access in the time available.

Links include a slide show and presentation by Dr. Tomás Pantoja on the steps and strategies of conducting a research study, using the example of the provision of health services in for-profit private facilities versus non-profit facilities. A bibliography of 4 publications on evidence-informed health policy is included, introduced by Dra. Evelina Chapman of the Nacional Academy of Medicine of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It includes the topics: "Synthesis of findings from a multi-method study of organizations that support the use of research evidence; Survey of organizations that support the use of research evidence; Interviews with the directors of organizations that support the use of research evidence; and Case descriptions of organizations that support the use of research evidence."

Development Issues: 

Health

Key Points: 

Evidence is described as one element of policy decision making, thus the term "evidence-informed policy”. The various competing elements that policy makers must consider include constitutional laws, institutional constraints, values, and stakeholder and constituent pressures, among others. According to the organisers, evidence can also help focus attention on a problem, as well as guide decisions and construction and implementation of potential solutions. Where resources are limited, evidence-informed policy can guide resource use for efficiency and effectiveness.

In his discussion with Dr. Pantoja, Dr. Lavis names three levels of evidence-informed decisionmaking. The first level is identifying the problem (possibly the problem most in need of solution or possibly the cause of something persistently in need of change), including using research on magnitude, comparison of how the problem effects various countries, and whether it is increasing or decreasing in those locations. Second, according to the Dr. Lavis, research evidence can be used to examine the potential of programmes or the options available, including studying their previous results - how much potential good or harm they might bring to the problem, the cost-benefit comparison, and how a solution from one country might fit the systems of another country or could be adapted. Third, research evidence can identify stakeholder reaction and opinion. It can measure results of implementation. It can measure staff performance, public awareness, and effectiveness of the role of media in a given project. All of the evidence can inform further policy decisions.

Partner Text: 

Ibero-American Cochrane Network (IBCN), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Argentina’s National Academy of Medicine (Academia Nacional de Medicina de Argentina), and International Health Central American Institute (IHCAI) Foundation, the Ibero-American Ministerial Network for Health Education and Research (RIMAIS), with funding from the Wellcome Trust.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Dr. Mario Tristán to The Communication Initiative on June 18 2010.

University of Guelph

Location: 

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph is composed of three undergraduate and graduate programmes: landscape architecture, rural planning and deve

Implementing a Whole School Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Model in Rural and Remote First Nations Schools: A Process Evaluation of Action Schools! BC

Author: 
Patti-Jean Naylor
Jenny Scott
Janine Drummond
Laura Bridgewater
Heather McKay
Constadina Panagiotopoulos
May 12, 2010
Affiliation: 

School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, University of Victoria (Naylor, Scott, Drummond); University of Ottawa Heart Institute (Bridgewater); Center for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, University of British Columbia (McKay); Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, and British Columbia Children’s Hospital (Panagiotopoulos)

Published in Rural and Remote Health, this article explores the question: How do we deal with the obesity and related diabetes epidemic among First Nations peoples in British Columbia (BC), Can

Source: 

Rural and Remote Health - Article Alert, May 18 2010; and Rural and Remote Health website, May 24 2010; and email from Patti-Jean Naylor to The Communication Initiative on July 3 2010.

Best Practices for Sharing Sensitive Environmental Geospatial Data

March 1, 2010

This guide to Best Practices for Sharing Sensitive Environmental Geospatial Data from GeoConnections is written to provide practical guidance to those interested in developing their own sens

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International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is inviting African Journalists to participate in a six-week online course under the theme "Covering Development in Africa". The course will be led by two media consultants with extensive experience working in Africa.

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African School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Course

The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and partners are co-organising the 9th African SHN Course, June 10-20 2013, focusing on Nutrition in the School-Age Child and Adolescents. For ten days, attendees will engage in both classroom and field-based learning in which the exchange of best practice, regional knowledge, and experience will be...

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The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) is hosting a Practicum on Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Communication Programs. The purpose of the Practicum is to:

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African School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Course

The Partnership for Child Development (PCD) and partners are co-organising the 9th African SHN Course, June 10-20 2013, focusing on Nutrition in the School-Age Child and Adolescents. For ten days, attendees will engage in both classroom and field-based learning in which the exchange of best practice, regional knowledge, and experience will be...

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International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is inviting African Journalists to participate in a six-week online course under the theme "Covering Development in Africa". The course will be led by two media consultants with extensive experience working in Africa.

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La guía Cuidar de mi es cuidar de ti pretende proporcionar información y animar el diálogo sobre la infección por VIH, con el propósito de que las personas jóvenes como tú, reconozcan que tienen la capacidad de mantener su bienestar y consideren la prueba del VIH como una de las prácticas de cuidado de sí mismas, de...

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International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is inviting African Journalists to participate in a six-week online course under the theme "Covering Development in Africa". The course will be led by two media consultants with extensive experience working in Africa.

Among the topics to be covered during the course:

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International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is inviting African Journalists to participate in a six-week online course under the theme "Covering Development in Africa". The course will be led by two media consultants with extensive experience working in Africa.

Among the topics to be covered during the course:

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International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is inviting African Journalists to participate in a six-week online course under the theme "Covering Development in Africa". The course will be led by two media consultants with extensive experience working in Africa.

Among the topics to be covered during the course:

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