BRIDGE-project (Brokering knowledge and Research Information to support the Development and Governance of health systems in Europe), led by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, was to map existing initiatives, mechanisms and practices of knowledge brokering for health policy making and identify what we know about their effectiveness in bridging the gap between policy makers and the information and research being generated. It has come out with series of research reports, which I think would be useful for knowledge brokers involved in the field of health systems and policies. You may find research reports at: http://www.euro.who.int/en/who-we-are/partners/observatory/bridge-series
ImpactStory is a new online tool, which assesses the impact of research using different online sources such as crossref, Wikipedia, delicious, Mendeley, Facebook etc . It aggregates altmetrics - diverse impacts from articles, data sets, blog posts, and more. Impact report for individuals / organizations (limited records) may be created by adding in details such as DOIs of articles, Google Scholar profile, Slideshare user name etc. More information about this tool may be found at: http://www.impactstory.org
Knowledge Brokers, ICTs and Climate Change: Hybrid Approaches to Reach the Vulnerable, is an
interesting post on the use of hybrid approaches to reach out to the targeted groups working in the area of Climate Change. It discusses about the challenges associated in the dissemination of Climate Change information and how one need to think beyond the usual approaches. It envisages the need to identify, adapt and adopt innovative approaches (use of ICTs) for the effective delivery and the local appropriation of climate change messages, and most importantly, for the translation of information and knowledge -both new and traditional- into climate change practice. Also talks about the importance of Knowledge Brokers or Information Intermediaries in disseminating climate change information to a wider audience.

Full blog post is available at: http://niccd.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/knowledge-brokers-icts-and-climate-change-hybrid-approaches-to-reach-the-vulnerab...... [ Read the rest of this story ]
The Global Open Access Portal launched by UNESCO provides information for policy-makers to learn about the global Open Access [OA] movement and to view their country’s status, and understand where and why Open Access has been most successful. At a glance, the portal provides an overview of the framework surrounding Open Access in UNESCO Member States by focusing on:

  • the critical success factors for effectively implementing Open Access
  • each country’s strengths and opportunities for further developments
  • where mandates for institutional deposits and funding organization have been put into place
  • potential partners at the national and regional level; and
  •  funding, advocacy, and support organizations throughout the world
The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP), funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State, presents a current snapshot of the s...... [ Read the rest of this story ]
The discussion paper 'Knowledge Brokers: Briefing paper' published by Australian Institute of International Affairs [AIIA] First, defines and documents the concept of knowledge brokers. Second, it demonstrates the work of knowledge brokers in practice. Third, it discusses implication for the AIIA.

The full text of the paper can be accessed at: http://www.aiia.asn.au/act-papers/doc_download/862-discussion-paper-on-knowledger-brokers
The I-K-Mediary Network has launched its new independent website. 

The I-K-Mediary Network is a global network of organizations that play a knowledge and information intermediary role in development. These organizations all aim to increase access to and use of research in development contexts by providing portals, gateways or reporting services.

Learn more about the network and its activities at: http://www.ikmediarynetwork.org

Intermediary innovation, evaluation and collaboration: Report from the 4th I-K-Mediary workshop, January 2011, Savar, Bangladesh captures the thinking and learning that emerged on using theory of change and outcome mapping tools in intermediary work; and lessons learned in different aspects of intermediary work. The workshop also explored ways in which intermediaries can demonstrate their value to stakeholders, and looked at new technical tools and initiatives. Finally the report outlines seven collaborative activities that the network will be working on together.

Full report available at: http://bit.ly/oZgI69

Towards better use of evidence in policy formation, a discussion paper from the Prime Minister's office, New Zealand highlights on use of evidence-based knowledge and research in to the policy formation. It further emphasis that a purely technocratic model of policy formation is not appropriate in that knowledge is not, and cannot be, the sole determinant of how policy is developed.

The paper is available for download at:http://bit.ly/mu3fbV
The report entitled 'Head for the Open Road: Costs and benefits of transitions in scholarly Communications' from RIN investigates the drivers, costs and benefits of potential ways to increase access to scholarly journals. It identifies five different routes for achieving that end over the next five years, and compares and evaluates the benefits as well as the costs and risks for the UK. Even though report is confined to UK, may be very useful for other regions of the world as there is a transition in scholarly communications towards open access is seen everywhere.

The report suggests that policymakers who are seeking to promote increases in access should encourage the use of existing subject and institutional repositories, but avoid pushing for reductions in embargo periods, which might put at risk the sustainability of the underlying scholarly publishing system. They should...... [ Read the rest of this story ]

The article on 'Towards Open and Equitable Access to Researc and Knowledge for Development' published in 'PLOS Medicine' March, 2011 issue highlights the importance of open access in bringing an equitable access to research emanating from the South, if it becomes the norm, but not based on Northern standards.

Summary of key points of this article are:

  • Unequal access to and distribution of public knowledge is governed by Northern standards and is increasingly inappropriate in the age of the networked “Invisible College”
  • Academic journals remain the primary distribution mechanism for research findings, but commercial journals are largely unaffordable for developing countries; local journals—more relevant to resolving problems in the South—are near-invisible and under-valued
  • Donor solutions are unsustainable, are governed by markets rather than user needs, and instil dependency
  • Open access is sustainable and research driven and builds independence and the capacit
...... [ Read the rest of this story ]

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