Communicating Research

We are passionate about communicating the work of the EPA Research programme to our stakeholders and the wider public.

Every year we both run and attend a number of environmental research events, publish a range of research reports, send a quarterly newsletter to our subscribers and are active on social media, particularly Twitter.

We are always willing to help communicate the work of EPA funded projects, as well as other events and activities that the research community may be interested in.

If you would like us to assist in any way possible with communicating the work of a project, event or activity, please send an email to research@epa.ie and we will always strive to be of assistance.

The video below gives an overview of The STRIVE Programme, the predessor to EPA Research.

EPA Guidelines for a Research Project Communication Plan

Communication is a vehicle for demonstrating the value of a research project and soliciting feedback from stakeholders to improve the quality of a research project.  Formal communication plans allow a project team to foster an understanding of the research project and its benefits to all stakeholders at every stage of the project. Conversely, lack of effective communication dramatically increases the risks projects face and the likelihood of falling short on deliverables. 

In traditional research projects or fellowships, the final report can be the main communication output. However, a mistake that many projects make is assuming that all communication activities should be at the end of a project. Furthermore, many projects communicate solely via dissemination (broadcast based approach) and fail to solicit any feedback from the audience. These approaches miss opportunities throughout the project where information could be exchanged, events could be organised, and stakeholders could be engaged in the project to strengthen its impact.

One of the main goals of the EPA Research Strategy 2014 – 2020 is to increase communications and awareness of the work funded by the Research Programme.

The knowledge generated by EPA Research can help Irish people make better choices about their futures - from the government using our knowledge and data to inform their policy making, to enabling individual citizens to make more sustainable and healthier decisions in their daily lives. 

For this reason, EPA has included the need to prepare a Communication Plan as part of new projects and fellowships funded from the 2015 research call onwards. This communications plan should be submitted alongside the first technical progress report. 

A copy of the EPA Guidelines for a Research Project Communication Plan can be downloaded here.