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Research Communication for Advocacy July 2024 Batch

Are you a social sector professional/​practitioner looking to spotlight an issue?

Visual and written communication are integral parts of social action, from writing donor reports, posting on social media to presenting organisational work to external stakeholders. This certificate is tailored for social sector practitioners who endeavour to explain the key outcomes of their work, raise awareness about issues, or build alliances and networks for larger social change. 

The certificate consists of three courses: 

i) Research Communication for Social Action 

ii) Skills for Written Communication

iii ) Research Communication through Data Visualisation

The first course covers principles of effective communication, planning for research communication, creating and delivering effective content and stories, and use of social media in communicating outcomes. 

The second course on written communication deals with principles of good writing while focusing on donor reports and press releases. 

The data visualisation course teaches participants how to use charts and graphs effectively, create and design effective maps, communicate qualitative data, enhance visual elements in reports, slide desks and social media. 

The course pedagogy is designed specifically for practitioners, combining theory with hands-on practice where participants will engage in creating their own material with feedback from instructors. Participants will also be exposed to multiple examples from the field and encouraged to bring in their own experiences and challenges. The programme will be delivered in a hybrid mode with two weeks of in-person classes followed by weekly online classes for four weeks.


Last date to apply

In-person classes (Bengaluru Campus)

Online classes (every Saturday)

By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key messages from their work to suit different organisational needs.
  • Create and deliver clear, concise and compelling communication for different social sector audiences/​scenarios.
  • Create appropriate visuals to depict qualitative and quantitative data, research findings and key messages using commonly used software tools such as Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Datawrapper. 
  • Create press releases and sharper donor reports.

Individuals with a minimum of two years experience in social sector organisations, movements, unions or development journalism can apply. Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of English and the ability to work effectively with Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel and Word).

The participants will have to submit a detailed application form including samples of their writing and other communication materials (presentations, reports or any other work related communication material).

Fees for the certificate programme is INR 20,000 which includes tuition fees, accommodation fees (for the on-campus components) and GST. Other expenses such as travel, food, etc. will have to be borne by the participant.

Financial assistance will be considered upon request. The decision will be at the discretion of the University.

Course Faculty

Fee Structure

INR 20,000Including GST

Fee includes the two week stay at our University campus but excludes food and travel costs.

There will also be several guest speakers with extensive experience who will be invited.