Communications and stakeholder engagement
We work in partnership with our clients to maximise the impact of their work using engaging and thought-provoking communications. Using a range of communications and engagement tools and approaches we capture the attention of stakeholders, influence decision making, and inspire change.
Communicating results >
We produce compelling reports and engaging communication outputs to meet the needs of diverse audiences. Our communications and design team help to tell the story of our clients and projects and their impact, whether a report, a media release or video, we understand what outputs work for which audiences and how to write effectively for impact.
Communications planning >
We can help to identify audiences and how to communicate with them to maximise stakeholders’ participation. Our team has extensive experience developing strategic communications plans to deliver consistent messages to specific audiences and to achieve project outcomes. Our plans and campaigns are developed to achieve maximum results with the available resources. Our team are also able to ensure your team have the skills to implement the strategies.
Change communications >
Our job is to get people listening and communicating, working together and creating dialogue for change. We are experienced communications for development and behavioural change communications practitioners that can develop integrated C4D strategic plans and provide long-term technical advice. We work with organisations to develop and implement change communications programs within people and culture strategies, helping to create lasting and effective change behaviour across teams and organisations.
Cross-cultural communications >
Our team has experience in working across cultures and locations, developing communications materials that are suitable for multi-lingual, remote or marginalised audiences. Our approach celebrates diversity in language and storytelling, using culturally appropriate methods to reach specific audiences. We understand the nuances and challenges faced when communicating across cultures and regions and our approach works to ensure understanding and effectiveness of messages.
Visual storytelling >
Our team are trained to capture, edit and present short videos that provide powerful means of communicating impact. Visual storytelling brings to life the impact of a project or the analysis undertaken as part of our evaluations for stakeholders to engage more personally with the outcomes and findings.
Data visualisation >
Our specialist design team has a strong track record and experience producing data visualisations and data dashboards. Infographics break down complex data into visually accessible chunks and allow the viewer to digest and share information easily. The uses of visualisations are endless and are a powerful tool for communicating impact.
Research uptake >
Our team are experienced at interpreting or translating complex research findings into a language, format and context that provides stakeholders with research results that are useful in policy and practice. We work to convey research results in a meaningful way that is driven by stakeholder needs to enable research uptake.
A stakeholder engagement and communication plan that identifies the stakeholders and the specific positions or individuals that will be purposively sampled for interviews, focus groups or survey during the data collection phase, and how they will be contacted.
Social media and website production >
Online platforms are an important tool for stakeholder engagement. Our team can develop impactful content to reach a range of audiences. Our social media skills and knowledge of useful tools help maximise its value as an engagement tool.
We can also help create and refresh websites to ensure visitors are able to quickly and easily find content. Our team can interpret analytics, ensure websites meet accessibility requirements and develop strategies to improve visibility in searches.
Training and mentoring >
Communicating effectively can be challenging unless your team has the right training and support. Communications practices are constantly changing. Our communications and design team have developed a range of technical training packages that can be tailored to meet specific stakeholders needs and timeframes.
Communications products >
We work closely with our stakeholders to understand how they prefer to receive information and customise our outputs to meet the learning needs of our audiences. We ensure the right product is produced to achieve the desired outcome, be it engagement, seeking feedback or creating a dialogue for change.
Our products include:
- editing, proofreading and accessibility checks
- blogs, vlogs and podcasts
- brochures, factsheets and case studies
- reports and plans
- websites, microsites and intranets
- storytelling platforms like Shorthand, Exposure and Spark
- news publications (online and printed)
- newsletters (email or printed)
- social media and social networks
- events (such as seminars, workshops or conferences)
Working with the media >
We help our clients manage media relations with training and support focussed on message delivery, preparation and research. We can work with you to identify news angles, potential publications or write a media release.
Visual identity and branding strategies >
Our experienced design team can develop a visual identity, such as a colour palette, design element, logo, imagery, patterns, textures and typography to differentiate your project or service and influence how stakeholders perceive your project. Consistent language is also an important element of branding that we can support you with through developing language style sheets. We ensure that projects meet clients’ branding guidelines and help build your brand recognition. We create and deliver style guides and can train your team in using them.
RME specific products >
- Presenting findings at staff forums and subject matter conferences
- Developing a short video version of findings
- Sharing findings on the organisation intra-net
- Sharing stories, pictures and drawings from the evaluation (depending on what options you have used to gather data)
- Creating large posters or infographics of findings for display
- Producing a series of short memos / policy briefs