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The Communication Initiative?…global forces...local choices…critical voices…telling stories...

Partners: The Rockefeller Foundation, BBC World Service Trust, The CHANGE Project, CIDA, The European Union, Exchange, FAO, Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs, The Panos Institute, Soul City, The Synergy Project, UNAIDS, UNICEF, USAID, WHO.


Goals

  • Expand dialogue, debate and review of key communication issues and programmes

  • Effectively advocate the importance of communication for effective development

  • Advance the extent and quality of communication for change information

  • Improve strategic communication thinking on development issues


Focus

  • People and organisations using communication strategies to achieve progress on priority development issues.

  • Organisations providing technical and financial support to communication strategies that seek to achieve progress on priority development issues.

  • [Emerging] Developing Country journalists, news and entertainment media organisations


Communication Covers…

MEDIUM:

Radio - Television - Printed Material - Computing and Internet - Telephone and Fax - Advertising -

Personal Contact - Community Action - Film and Video - Live Drama 

STYLE:

Entertainment - News and Information -

Traditional Folk Media - Marketing - Interpersonal - Advocacy Community Participation -

Awards and Recognition


Strategy

Partnership

process

Horizontal

Linkages

Real Time

Knowledge and

Information

Peer

Review

Change

Strategic

Thinking


Guiding Operational Principles

What do you need that will help you

do your job better today?

  • You choose according to your context and interests

  • Recognition, profile, community, connections, respect, voices from the on-the-ground action


Progress: Demand, Use, Feedback

Some indications:

  • Latin America up and running in Spanish

  • 60,824 individual user sessions in October

  • 26,013 unique hosts in October

  • 18,000 plus DB subscribers – Global 14,000 and 6,000 Latin America [overlap]

  • 65% in The South

  • 250 to 400 new subscribers a month [varies]

  • 18 to 20 minutes per user on site


Progress: Demand, Use, Feedback

  • Overloaded with info for DB and site

  • Recent sections – eg. Training - good initial use and increasing

  • Very good feedback - LA and Global

  • Interactive processes beginning to take off

  • Partnership extremely supportive

  • “Tapped” contemporary interest and demand – eg. Making Waves


Progress: Demand, Use, Feedback

  • Strong brand presence

  • Trends are all consistently up - users, uniques, subscribers, interaction, etc

  • Increased demand to help


Progress: Demand, Use, Feedback

Are the people we want to engage, the ones who are engaged?

Indicators:

  • Quality and quantity of information provided

  • Consistent level of feedback

  • Web use up on Mondays and Thursdays [ DB’s are out weekends and Wednesdays]

  • Web use much higher during week than weekends

  • Depth of use of the site

  • Nature of people requesting to receive Drum Beat – we ask for details

  • Time on web site

  • Etc.


Accessing/Use Of Website

Notes:

  • We are not after mass demand/use – we are supporting, servicing, connecting a defined “community”

  • Can only get an insight through the stats – do not prove impact

  • Trend and comparative data is only within a site [not between sites] because of different counting systems and Site construction – eg number of images on page

  • …..but do give an interesting insight…


Page Views


Page Views – Per Day


Visitor Sessions


Visitor Sessions – Average per Day


Unique Visitors


Countries Accessing


Hits – Entire Site


Hits – Average per Day


C.

“Tables”

The facilities through which we do our work

Provide us with the ability to maximise impact and reach and gain synergy Different than, for example, a series of unrelated, one-off, discreet projects


Tables

The common tables we try to get everyone to congregate around - our tables can take any ‘meal’ at any time….


The SUMMARY ‘Table’easily digested information with links to the details

  • Programme Descriptions http://www.comminit.com/programmes.html

  • Evaluation data http://www.comminit.com/evaluation-results.html

  • Materials http://www.comminit.com/materials.html

  • Events http://www.comminit.com/2001-events.html

  • Training http://www.comminit.com/training.html

  • Strategic Thinking http://www.comminit.com/strategic.html

  • and in Drum Beat, Son de Tambora, DB Classifieds, Home Page and Banners


The NEWS ‘Table’Development and Communication News

  • Development News http://www.comminit.com/about-time.html

  • Communication News http://www.comminit.com/tempo.html

  • and in The Drum Beat and Son de Tambora


The DIALOGUE ‘Table’Discussion on major issues

Our Forums - examples

  • Drum Beat Chat

    http://www.comminit.com/majordomo/drumbeatchat/threads.html

    The Consultants Chat Forum

    http://www.comminit.com/majordomo/consultants/threads.html

    Specific Forums for particular purposes - examples

  • The Round Table Forum

    http://www.comminit.com/majordomo/roundtable/threads.html

  • Making Waves Forum

    http://www.comminit.com/majordomo/makingwaves/threads.html


The RESEARCH ‘Table’ Investigating key areas of interest on-line

Present Examples

  • The Competency Questionnaire

    http://www.comminit.com/competencies.html

  • The New Technology Survey


The SEARCH ‘Table’Ability to find what you want when you want it

  • Key word search

  • Custom Search

  • Segment search – eg within Materials

  • Related sites “ring-fence” and search


The NETWORK ‘Table’The people interested and engaged

Maximizer:

  • Now 18,000 plus

  • Most are coded – geography, interests, nature of organisation, etc

  • Can create mini-networks – eg. all interested in gender; everyone in Francophone West Africa

  • Will ‘soon’ be available to everyone in C.I. team


The PERSONALISATION ‘Table’People configuring the web site for their interests

In Development:

  • Supports people to configure part of the home page of the web site

  • to prioritise their specific interests [eg. rural development, Africa].

  • Each time they enter the site, that section presents the most

  • recent material, relevant to their interests on our site and the linked related sites


The MAGASINE ‘Table’weekly information updates

  • The Drum Beat

  • The Son De Tambora

  • DB Classifieds


The WINDOWS ‘Table’Theme entries into the web site with Boundaries around that theme.

PRESENT EXAMPLES

  • Health Communication

    http://www.comminit.com/healthcomm/search-healthcomm.htm

  • HIV/AIDS Communication

    http://www.comminit.com/hivaids/search-hivaids.html

  • Immunisation and Vaccines Communication

    http://www.comminit.com/immunisation/search-immunisation.html


The COMMENTARY ‘Table’Space for people to present their considered opinions

  • Interviews – soon to be resurrected

    http://www.comminit.com/interview.html

  • Commentary

    http://www.comminit.com/drum_role.html


The OPINION POLL ‘Table’ Taking snap shots of opinions in theInternational development field

  • PULSE – about to be launched!


Strategy

  • Each ‘table’ has it’s own identity;and, there is synergy between them.

  • The C.I.’s own key technologies support and enable these tables - provide their legs and shape

    • Coding system

    • Jpres and Jtext direct upload facilities

    • Personalisation [on stream soon]

    • “Segregated” databases


Strategy

  • Increasingly close working relationship with development focussed web based networks in South

    • SANGONet

    • ProPOOR

    • Bytes-for-All

    • ANDI

    • FemNet

    • JAA

    • Kabissa

    • InfoDev

    • National Network Alliance

    • Etc.


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