This webinar held in September 2022 explored a digital diaries project which was part ofthe COVID-19 Social Science and Public Engagement Action Research (SPEAR) project. It looked at the experiences and impacts of COVID-19 for healthcare workers and vulnerable communities in South and Southeast Asia
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 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.
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
Final report and project reflections from 'It’s OK to Talk', an adolescent and youth-focused programme started in 2016, which aimed to increase awareness about mental health and wellbeing, so that more young people feel able to engage in dialogue on mental health.
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.
Guide: Evaluating your Social Media Presence (community radio toolkit)by Community Radio Toolkit
A clear and accessible introduction to evaluation of social media linked to community radio initiatives but with wider application.
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.
A blog post from Kissmetrics describing how best to get started with social media measurement. Whilst primarily business and Northern focused this post nevertheless clearly explains the general steps of how to evaluate social media and incudes links to social media tracking tools that are useful for CE activities using social media.
Evaluating Social Media - A Mesh Introductionby Mesh Editorial Team
A Mesh introduction to evaluating projects that engage communities through social media.
Bibliography of Network Analysis Software for Evaluationby Rick Davies
This annotated bibliography is a useful tool for those looking to analyse and visualise networks as a way to evaluate community engagement projects.
Project Report: Project Khuluma: providing psychosocial support for HIV positive adolescents in South Africa using mobile technologyby Nikita Simpson
A summary and evaluation of the Khuluma project which provides psychosocial support for HIV positive adolescents in South Africa using mobile technology.
Global Food Matters: An appetite for engaging with research (Wellcome Trust International Engagement workshop report, Botswana 2015)by Wellcome Trust
Workshop Report: Discussion on the ethical, social and cultural issues that surround research into food, health and the environment as well as the best ways of producing activities that inform, consult and collaborate with communities.