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How to Influence Decision Makers to take up Research


The art of presenting your ideas, action points or recommendations to an audience in a simple way within a short amount of time is known as “pitching”. It’s an important skill to have – if you can’t explain your opinion, your recommendation or your work to an important audience then how are you going to make any difference or get anyone to take up your research? Let’s stop missing opportunities to get our key messages into the public domain and into decision makers’ minds.


2 days.


This course is aimed at CEOs, directors and senior managers of public agencies, Programme and project leaders, programme officers, managers, senior heads of research organizations, researcher and other humanitarian and development agencies staff whose roles involve producing proposals and reports for their organization.


  • Participants will be able to prepare an effective pitch.
  • Participants will be able to frame/tailor a message for different audiences.
  • Participants will be able to presenting an idea/opinion/message clearly through identifying and communicating a clear ‘ask’.


  • Effectively Influencing Decision-Makers.
  • Emotion and decision making.
  • Factors that influence Decision Making
  • How you can prepare and deliver a “pitch” to reach specific target audiences.
  • How to communicate research, key messages, and recommendations more effectively, short message about your work and know exactly what they are asking of their listener.
  • Interactive introduction and making the case for always having a clear message in your pocket and some easy Dos and Dont’s.
  • Practical sessions on individual pitches and feedback from listeners and facilitators.
  • The impact of research on decision-making by practitioners and managers
  • Case studies from country based examples.
  • There will also be time for a re-pitch for those who want to incorporate feedback they received.


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B  4th November 2019.

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Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 2 Days
Event Date 11-11-2019
Event End Date 15-11-2019
Cut off date 04-11-2019
Individual Price(rwanda franc) R₣ 552,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 877
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 999
Location Kigali,Rwanda
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