The Communication Initiative (The CI) network is an online space for sharing the experiences of, and building bridges between, the people and organisations engaged in or supporting communication as a fundamental strategy for economic and social development and change.
Capacity Strengthening Online Resource Center
The CI, in collaboration with Ohio University, has led the design of the Capacity Strengthening Online Resource Center (CSORC). The CSORC has been designed to meet capacity building and strengthening needs of C-Change country programs and partners. The CSORC will function as a centre for high quality resources, information on training, work sharing opportunities (exchanges, mentoring, fellowships and internships), and links to C-Change country-based and regional training activities as well as networks and discussion forums focused on capacity strengthening. The CSORC will serve a variety of capacity strengthening audiences ranging from SBCC students to program managers, implementers and media professionals.
CI also supports C-Change’s knowledge management with the following activities: a) an interactive process to develop knowledge summaries of “grey literature” that include program implementation materials, evaluations, tools, reports, and strategies on SBCC around family planning and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, malaria, maternal health, and antenatal care; b) dissemination of selected knowledge summaries through C-Change Picks, a bimonthly e-magazine; and c) the C-Change Picks web page on the CI site of SBCC materials. The CI’s Drum Beat e-magazine also carries C-Change implementation updates on a monthly basis.
The Communication for Social Change Consortium is an international nonprofit organization working in developing and industrialized countries. The Consortium's goal is to build local capacity of people living in poor and marginalized communities to use communication in order to improve their own lives.
CFSC is helping with resources and review of the capacity strengthening part of the C-Change program, in collaboration with Ohio University. They are developing a case study that draws on dialogue-based approaches to social and behavior change communication, and on participatory monitoring and evaluation principles. This case study will feed into the training resources that C-Change is developing as part of its capacity building package.
Indiana University is one of the leading public research universities in the United States. IU fosters multidisciplinary research essential to solving challenges of life and health.
Indiana University participates in updating C-Change's overall research agenda, making sure that the agenda reflects field needs and state-of-the-art knowledge and that it will make a significant contribution to the understanding of social and behavior change communication. Specifically, IU staff ensure that activities are grounded in theory, contribute to the development and testing of new and innovative models of social and behavior change communication, and help articulate the logic model underlying various activities.