Lifeology is an online platform and communication tool that engages broader audiences in science, health and research in a fun, accessible way. They do this via beautifully illustrated, science-backed, bite-sized “flashcard” courses.
Guide: MSF Harnessing social and digital media to better reach vulnerable populationsby Médecins Sans Frontières, Mesh Editorial Team
This project from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is developing a toolkit for MSF teams to harness social and digital technologies to better reach vulnerable displaced populations that face barriers in accessing health care. This toolkit is focussed on healthcare but will have useful insights for community engagement with health research.
Guide: COVID-19: Guide to community engagement at a distanceby BBC Media Action, Shongjog, Mesh Editorial Team
This short guide is designed to assist development and humanitarian agencies to think through how risk communication and community engagement activity related to Covid-19 can be carried out without face-to-face interaction with communities. Download the guide in Bangla or English
This interactive Mesh learning webinar held in September 2020 explored the possibilities for community engagement with health research when we cannot meet in person. Find the recording here
This short guide is designed to assist development and humanitarian agencies to think through how risk communication and community engagement activity related to Covid-19 can be carried out without face-to-face interaction with communities.
This article introduces the ICA:UK's free resource library which is intended to support facilitation best practice.
This blog piece from Parenting Science Gang in the UK gives their top tips on using Facebook for citizen science and engagement.
The NCPPE in collaboration with UK university scientists have created a guide on how to use social media effectively for public engagement.
This guide from NCCPE in the UK draws on the expertise around online science engagement and aims to support the development of meaningful and valuable experiences online.
This article addresses community engagement around the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa in April 2020 and proposes a free-to-use mobile app as well as a longer-term Community Engagement Nerve Centre for the country
The SALUS project is a school engagement project exploring HIV research and treatment using animation, storytelling and online content. The pilot was conducted in the Umtata Region of Eastern Cape, South Africa
Report: KEMRI | Wellcome Trust Research Programme: School Engagement Programmeby Alun Iwan Davies, grace mwango
The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme's School Engagement Programme (SEP) aims at promoting an interest in science and science related careers amoung students as well as promoting mutual understanding between members of the community and researchers.
Project Report: It's OK to Talk: Insights from a Youth Mental Health Public Engagement Programme in Indiaby Mesh Editorial Team
It’s OK to Talk is an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aims to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health, and seek help. The It's Ok to Talk programme comprised three core activities: It's Ok to Talk website, events and workshops, and a social media campaign.
Research Paper: Gadflies biting science communication: engagement, tricksters and ambivalence onlineby Mesh Editorial Team
This research paper from H, Riesch of Brunel University provokes those interested in the use of online spaces for large-scale engagement with science to think beyond the idealised notion and expectation of orderly deliberative spaces for ‘rational’ debate but to embrace fruitful disruption of such spaces as potentially productive in disrupting power and stimulating a genuine engagement.
Published Literature: Future Connect: a review of social networking today, tomorrow and beyond, and the challenge or HIV Communicatorsby Pete Cranston and Tim Davies et al.
An extensive introduction to the growing and changing role of social media in communication with an emphasis on developing country experience.