The CI has recently been working in partnership with and with support from UNICEF New York to identify high quality, high credibility, recently peer-review journal published research data (with a numeric impact point) that provides compelling evidence for the positive direct impact of social change, behavior change and community engagement action on priority development issues. A consultation group from this network provided review and input.
Just a few examples of the data identified in substantive Randomised Control Trials or Systematic Reviews include: Reduced neonatal mortality by 41%; 11.8% increase in the number of children fully immunised; 49% reduction in maternal mortality; fathers were 1.59 times more likely to be engaged with their children; 25% reduction in sexual violence; adolescent girls 4.9 percentage points more likely to engage in income-generating activities; 28 percent decrease in teen pregnancy; 5.2% increase on student's expectations regarding their future; 12.55% increase in child cognitive development; 26% reduction on those reporting experiencing physical violence; and more.
Some examples of the social change, behavior change, and community engagement strategies that were the focus of the research that produced those results include: Women's Groups; Raising Voices; Maternal Knowledge; Social Structures; Participatory Action; Community Action; Critical Reflection, and Dialogue; Father Engagement; Trusted Gossip; Community Mobilisation; Empowerment and more.
This work aims to provide yourself and others in our common field of work with simple, brief, easily accessible, and highly credible impact data that can enhance your programming action, policy development, and funding initiatives. UNICEF has already posted the mapping on their public website outlining their social change and behavior change strategy and including this data as a significant resource for that work.
The impact data is presented as a series of "cards" links to the entire research. if you are interested in reviewing and possibly using this data, please do take a look at these links:
Please do access, scroll around and search - there is a lot of data there that is all summarised to its basics for ease of use with links to the published papers.
For more information:
Vincent Petit (Global Lead, Social and Behavior Change UNICEF New York) and Warren Feek
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This is to bring to your attention the International Data Week 2022 in Seoul, South Korea, from 20-23 June 2022. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register at IDW2022.org, with early bird registration rates available until 31 May 2022. The event is currently a hybrid, with both in-person and web-based packages available for purchase.
This landmark event will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation.
IDW will once again play host to the Scientific Data Conference (SciDataCon), organized by World Data System and CODATA, and the Research Data Alliance’s Plenary 19. IDW and its co-hosts are incredibly excited to welcome those interested in all aspects of research data to this year’s conference.
Open Science and the FAIR Principles are essential enablers of discovery and innovation, particularly concerning Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. In November 2021, UNESCO adopted a landmark recommendation on Open Science, recognizing its importance in helping address the significant global challenges our societies face. Access to reliable and FAIR data is a precondition to the science needed to enable the reduction of the impact of diseases, mitigation of climate change, and increased resilience to risks posed by natural and human-made disasters.
In the above spirit, International Data Week 2022 is convened under the overarching theme of ‘Data to Improve Our World.’ In addition to highlighting the need for data education and governance, demonstrating the importance of high-quality research data stewardship, data science, and data infrastructures, and exploring the ‘state of the art’ in all things data, IDW 2022 will also emphasize the following subthemes:
The IDW 2022 organizers include the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA), Research Data Alliance (RDA), and World Data System (WDS), and the local hosts Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI), committed by the Ministry of Science and ICT, Seoul Metropolitan Government, National Library of Korea, and National Assembly Library, with the support of the Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) iSchool, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine and the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources.
Two editions of IDW have taken place to date:
For more information about the event and registration, visit idw2022.org
Video available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LDi0xTGc2Y
For inquiry on WDS, contact Dylan Earley- [email protected]
For inquiry on RDA, contact [email protected]
For inquiry on CODATA, contact [email protected]
To advance Climate Science Literacy across Asia and the Pacific, the United Nations in Asia-Pacific has developed a series of posters, social media graphics, and videos.
The materials are available free for public adaptation and distribution under Open Access CC-BY-SA 3.0 IGO. Jointly developed by UNESCO, ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNDRR, UNEP, UN ESCAP, UNFCCC, UNICEF, and UNOSSC.
If you would like to translate the materials into additional languages, please contact [email protected] to receive editable design files.
Previous work on mHealth has focused largely on formal 'top-down' approaches, but it is increasingly recognised that health workers use mobile phones in informal and innovative ways to support their work.
The organisation Health Information for All (HIFA) is contributing to a major research project to provide multi-stakeholder involvement and discussion around the issues of informal use of mobile phones raised across health professionals, civil society, policymakers, library and information professionals, publishers in 180 countries.
The 4-year project will start with a thematic discussion and develop into a systematic review, which will then inform primary research in Uganda followed by governance analysis and deliberative dialogue.
How you can participate: from 11th April to 6th May 2022 HIFA is hosting a 4-week in-depth discussion, in collaboration with Makerere University, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, WHO and other research partners.
The questions include:
Andrew Pleasant, Director of Health Literacy and Research at Canyon Ranch Institute, United States has launched a survey to compile a snapshot of health literacy around the world. He is seeking help to accomplish this task.
Ten short and easy-to-answer questions intended for people/organizations actively working on health literacy issues in communities or clinics or hospitals or states have been developed. Responding shouldn't take more than a few minutes but Dr Pleasant believes the aggregate will produce an actionable and meaningful understanding.
Doing just two things that should not take up time:
1. Respond to the questions - anonymously - yourself.
2. Share this email and the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VXPZJPL with your network of health literacy professionals.
If you have any questions or concerns about this effort, please contact Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.
Project 2061 has been a long-term research and development initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) focussing on improving science education so that all Americans can become literate in science, mathematics, and technology.
The module ‘Designs’ aims to guide K–12 curriculum reform by treating reform as a design problem focussing the critical issues involved to assemble sound instructional materials into a coherent K-12 whole. It offers a variety of options for restructuring time, instructional strategies, and content, and shows how to approach the curriculum design challenge in different ways to create very different curricula that serve a common set of learning goals.
Designs is intended to serve the diverse participants who are involved in this task and encourages a goals-based approach to curriculum improvement whilst aiming to encourage diverse curricula suited to the needs of individual schools, communities, and students.
Representation of women – and particularly non-white women -‐ in STEM is crucial to not only fighting gender inequity but also solving our climate crisis.
Dr. Irma Aracely Quispe Neira leads as an example for young women around the globe by representing the Latina community, women in STEM, and educators.
Inspired by the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, Dr. Aracely Quispe Neira knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. Coming from a small, Peruvian town, she knew that pursuing a degree in Astronautical Engineering would be challenging. However, she was able to use her skills in karate to obtain a scholarship at local universities in Peru, where she earned her first degrees in Computer Science and Systems Engineering.
Eventually her study led to higher degrees; using high resolution satellites, brought great awareness to issues such as global warming and the social implications deglaciation will have on Peruvians.
Irma is now active in promoting STEM education in Latin America, and specifically women in STEM. “Everything is possible if you break the paradigm of ‘I can’t’ and transform it into perseverance.”
Bringing together science teachers from all over Europe to present their most creative STEM ideas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at stands, in workshops and in performances.
This year’s festival will take place in Prague, from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th March where 450 primary and secondary school teachers from all over Europe will particiapte. The aim is to exchange best practice teaching ideas and practical strategies with colleagues.
On the Open Day, Saturday 26th March, enables teachers and others from the professional educational community to have the opportunity to attend the festival. Visitors will have access to all elements of the festival, being able to explore the fair and attend talks, presentations and workshops for free. If you want to register for the Open Day, you can do so here . Compliance with epidemiological measures is mandatory.