Stakeholders are interest groups who are likely to be affected (positively or negatively) by the project outcomes. It is beneficial for any research team to identify the key stakeholders and analyse their concerns, needs, and possibilities for engagement. Collaborating with stakeholders throughout the research process can maximise the positive impact of the project. This section provides a range of illustrative tools to guide this process.

To guide the process of working with stakeholders we have developed resources covering the following areas: Using evidence to inform policy-making; Examples of good practice from country partners; Presenting findings to children; Communication tools.

Using evidence to inform policy-making

The use of research findings for policy-making is a complex and dynamic two-way process which is influenced by a number of factors, such as: the political context, the quality and relevance of the research evidence, the links between relevant stakeholders, and the external influences, such as economic or cultural factors.

To help navigate this complex terrain, we have created several practical resources which can guide researchers in using research evidence to inform policies.

Tools included

    • From research findings to policy-making method guide: examines the relationship between research and policy in the area of children and the internet, and supports researchers to frame their objectives and findings in ways that (directly or indirectly) support policy development processes that affect children.
    • Writing a successful policy brief: a practical guide with step-by-step support for creating a successful policy brief.
    • A short research paper: an example of summarising research findings with the aim of informing current policy and practice: Recognising online hurtful behaviour among peers.

Examples of good practice from country partners

We have collated selected country examples which demonstrate some of the knowledge exchange and impact efforts that the GKO partners have undertaken when working with key stakeholders. Each is designed to illustrate one or more issues that may arise in seeking to ensure research findings contribute to wider societal benefits.

Each example follows a similar structure: the country context and the specific issues that researchers and practitioners wish to address; the strategies developed by country partners to tackle the issues, specific steps taken and the challenges they faced; remaining gaps and areas of future work.

Tools included

Presenting findings to children

The Global Kids Online toolkit invites researchers and research users to adopt a child-centred approach which sees children as rights-holders and citizens, able to actively shape the online domain and able to exercise agency in the digital environment. This includes taking a participatory approach to involving children throughout the research process, including when communicating study findings, as they are a key stakeholder.

To facilitate this process, we have developed resources which present the country findings in a child-friendly manner.

Tools included

    • Worksheet: The Internet & You. This short document provides a child-friendly means of giving children feedback on the research findings and a chance to debate these with their parents or teachers. We have also created a blank template for countries to complete with their own findings.
    • Animation film: Presenting research findings to children. This video illustrates how a researcher can disseminate findings to child audiences. It can be used as a resource to show to children for educational purposes and can be adapted in different languages with subtitles or new voiceover. You can access the version without a voiceover and download the film script.

Communication tools

The efficient communication of research findings requires the development of a communications strategy. This includes a carefully planned communication process with several steps, such as: setting objectives; developing messages; targeting audiences; choosing channels; planning activities; allocating resources; and measuring success.

When planning your communication strategy, there are numerous channels that can be considered, such as: organising events; media outputs and relations; different types of publications aimed at the key stakeholder groups (e.g. professional audiences, government institutions, educators and practitioner, parents and children); social media outputs; website content. We have collated examples of different formats and channels which Global Kids Online has used to disseminate its findings.

Tools included

Further resources:

Getting started with impact

What is research impact?

Key steps in planning impact

Planning and monitoring impact

Anyone may use the resources under the Attributive Non-Commercial Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC) crediting Global Kids Online as the source.

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