Changes in the Organization of Research at TESEV

In the new term, TESEV aims to benefit from the expertise of scientists working outside of the foundation in addition to its in-house researchers in order to enrich and diversify the study fields. TESEV’s expertise in project management is believed to motivate the academic enrichment towards TESEV. By providing support for scientists in turning their ideas into projects and conducting them, TESEV would initiate the establishment of a valuable network between academia and civil society. For this purpose, an “expert workshop” was organized and this model was presented to a distinguished group of academics and civil society representatives. TESEV’s researcher network will be comprised of young scientist who will write and coordinate projects by working outside of the foundation.

This model will have two fundamental differences from the previous one. First of all, affiliate experts will not only take part in the report writing phase but in all the phases of the projects which would contribute to the diversification of expertise within TESEV. Secondly, one of the main tasks of this network would be to make contribution to the evaluation process of the project findings acquired through the concluded projects. Following the completion of the fieldwork of each project, a committee based on the project subject will be established out of this network which will discuss the initial findings and provide recommendations for the project report. This activity, which would significantly improve the quality of the reports, would also lay the ground for fruitful discussions to determine the form and communication channels through which the reports will be disseminated.

Changes in the Dissemination of the Research Findings

TESEV has envisaged a new communication strategy for conveying the research findings to different stakeholders through benefitting from different communication channels. Technological novelties not only present individuals and institutions with brand new communication channels, but also transform the form of the potential findings into something different. In the new era, different tools like infographics, interactive maps and animations which highlight the visuality of the findings will be used and shared with the stakeholders in addition to the commonly used comprehensive and detailed project reports. Accordingly, an expert Research Communication Director has joined the TESEV team. This director will work together with the Executive Board, TESEV research team and TESEV researchers’ network and determine the “form and channels of communication” designed specifically for each project’s goals and outcomes. With the right communication strategies, it will be possible to create long-term, target-driven content out of findings which would otherwise have short term effects due to being conveyed through conventional media channels such as newspapers or television, which would significantly increase the overall impact of research projects.