Well-being and policy-making

5. Dissemination and/or exploitation of results

5.1 Dissemination Strategy

The dissemination strategy was an inherent part of our research project which aimed at enhancing the academic and social understanding of how young adults manage to balance work and family while planning to become parents and when they have young children. Disseminating results from the project has also a more practical objective: to contribute to the spread of more ‘family-friendly’ workplace cultures thus improving conditions for the positive wellbeing of employed young parents.

The dissemination of the project objectives, intermediary and final results was organised to cover the whole of the project’s duration (2003-2005) and beyond on three levels:

• International Europe and the global world;

• National – in each country;

• Local – in the communities where our case studies are conducted.

The strategy had three broad target groups:

• Policy-makers – those involved in social and family policy, labour market regulation, non-discrimination and gender equality policies;

• Civil society – employers’ associations, trade unions, youth NGOs, women’s and parents’ organisations, the general public;

• Academic community – researchers, lecturers, students and experts.

The following channels for dissemination to our target audiences were used:

• Written articles in academic journals, policy journals, trade journals, employers’ journals, practitioners’ newsletters,

• Papers presented at a variety of international conferences, seminars and workshops,

• Media coverage through widely read newspapers, as well as major TV and radio stations and the Internet.

5.2 Direct actions for making the project known Website

The Transitions website, www.workliferesearch.org/transitions, was established early on in the project and has proved to be an important medium for disseminating Transitions research and findings to a larger audience. Over the course of the project, Transitions Research Reports, either full reports or Executive Summaries have been made available on the website. Summaries of reports in the national languages of the countries participating in the project are also available on the website. A variety of stakeholders, including researchers from government, industry and academia and postgraduate students have contacted us via the website requesting more information and copies of reports.

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5.2.2 Transitions Newsletters

Two project newsletters have been produced. Both newsletters highlighted the aims and objectives of Transitions and Issue 1 (2004) presented findings from Phase 1 and 2 of the project, whilst Issue 2 (2005) presented findings from Phase 3. Both publicised the website for further information.

5.2.3 Transitions Leaflet

In the first year of the project we produced a project leaflet with a description of project aims and the methodology employed. This leaflet was used for gaining access to organisations for carrying out field work and has been disseminated at national and international conferences and seminars.

5.2.4 European Research Community

A description of the Transitions project and information regarding project were presented at the Transitions Symposium at the Community, Work and Family Conference in Manchester, and the Gender, Work and Organisation Conference in Keele. Information about the project aims, methods and preliminary findings was included in the European Commission’s Newsletter on EU Research in Social Sciences and Humanities, Issue 3, 2005.

5.3. Transitions Research Reports

A number of research reports arising from Transitions project have been published and disseminated to a variety of stakeholders. Much of this dissemination has taken place at conferences and seminars, however, as mentioned above, the website has also been an important complementary medium for the dissemination of this project output.

5.4 Wider dissemination

Members of the Transitions team have presented the project methods and findings at a wide variety of conferences, high profile seminars, and workshops in many countries. See Appendix for details.

In addition to these seminars, the ERSC National Centre for Research Methods in the UK funded two workshops on Transitions Methodology:

• ESRC National Center for Research Methods Workshop on comparative and cross-national research using biographical methods, organised by Julia Brannen and Ann Nilsen Institute of Education, University of London, November 2005; Presentation on comparative research using a life-course approach, by Ann Nilsen

• ESRC National Center for Research Methods Workshop on comparative organisational case studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, February 2006 (forthcoming), organised by Suzan Lewis and Julia Brannen, with presentations by Maria das Dores Guerreiro and Janet Smithson

Transitions research generated and has continued to generate a number journal articles and book chapters:

Further, practical dissemination took the form of:

• Workshops

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• Popular articles

• Interviews

• Lectures, seminars and discussions organised by Transitions team members

In addition, Transitions team members provided feedback reports and sessions for the organisations and interviewees who provided the data for the case and interview studies:

Team members also disseminated Transitions material via teaching, including Lectures, workshops and discussions

There were, and will continue to be, a variety of presentations targeted at policy-makers and employers, which included:

• Presentation of Transitions Project to a policy seminar on Youth Policy, organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bulgaria, by Anatas Matev and Siyka Kovacheva, March 2003

• Presentation to a government organisation, Management-Development Trajet Women, by Anneke van Doorne-Huiskes, Netherlands, September 2003

• Seminar on Family, What Future? Organised by Vila Fanca de Zira Municipality, Have the young people to choose between career or children?

Changing working contexts around Europe, presented by Pedro Abrantes, Portugal, October, 2004

• Presentation of Transitions Project to policy-makers, and government ministers, employers and trade unions at a Summit on “Gender and Productivity” at 11 Downing Street, organised by the Equal Opportunities Commission, by Suzan Lewis, London, October 2004

• Presentation of Transitions Project, by Suzan Lewis, at the Policy Institute, London, UK, February 2005

• How women combine paid work and family life in Europe. Post-graduate course on Career management, by Nevenka Černigoj Sadar, at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

• Strategies to handle clashes between work and family life, at the Swedish Parliament, by Lars Plantin, Stockholm, April 2005

• Work-family initiatives in the wider context, Keynote talk to employers, by Suzan Lewis, at the Inaugural Conference of the International Center of Work and Family, Barcelona, July 2005

• Presentation of Final Report to UK employers and HR professionals at CBI (Confederation of British Industry), by Suzan Lewis, July 2006

Team members also participated in Interviews, newspaper articles and radio discussions, including:

• Participation in Swedish radio programme, The Family, by Lars Plantin, January 2004

• Radio interview for the Swedish radio programme, Parenthood, by Lars Plantin, November 2005

• Full page article in Manchester Evening News on working parents in Europe, including Transitions research by Suzan Lewis, April 2005,

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• Various newspaper articles citing Suzan Lewis’ work on Transitions:

− August 2005, Scottish Daily Record

− August 2005, Birmingham Post

− August 2005, Nottingham Recorder

− August 2005, Derby Express

The Transitions team has a number of papers submitted to academic journals. In addition there is a proposal for a book based on the organisational case studies, to be published in Portugal (in English), another proposal to be submitted to Wiley, UK publishers. The intensive work of analysis of the rich qualitative data from the fieldwork is still going on from different perspectives and the team will continue to disseminate to a range of stakeholders after the completion of the study and final report. A number of activities and publications are already planned, including a Transitions Symposium at the 1st Biennial International Women’s Studies Conference, Izmir, Turkey, June 2006.

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In document Final Report of the EU Framework V project Gender, Parenthood and the Changing European Workplace (Transitions). (Page 110-114)