Growing the Network
  • Background & Priorities

    In November 2017, MIF members gathered in advance of the National Academy of Sciences’ Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication III to discuss opportunities for collaboration and issues facing the field.

    Together, attendees developed the following series of priorities in the effort to connect science with people from different backgrounds, experiences and education levels:

    • Better defining and developing evaluation and measurement strategies, and concrete outcomes
    • Building connections between research and practice—including designing useful experiments and applying findings from research in communications practice
    • Connecting science with a broader array of people through the use of popular culture, art and creative spaces
    • Understanding audiences and tailoring messages and frames accordingly
  • Programming

    In response to this agenda, and with continued support from the Rita Allen Foundation, we have organized a slate of programming that addresses needs identified by the field.

    They include:

    • An overview of the Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Public Face of Science, a multi-year project that explores the intersection of science and civic life, and highlights research on public attitudes. Learn more.
    • A webinar series, in collaboration with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, focusing on combating misinformation and addressing the themes of information production, distribution, and consumption. Learn more.
    • A webinar on how funders are using popular culture media forms—books, films, new media, radio, television, and theater—to elevate the public’s understanding of science. Learn more.
    • A full-day symposium to provide in-person opportunities for funders to network, learn and discuss the issues of science communications and the communication of science, highlighting many of the priorities outlined during the Sackler funder breakfast.
    • The 2018 Media Impact Forum, which focused on two distinct but related topics: excellent practice in the communication of scientific information, and new ideas in the science of communications. Learn more.
  • Key Resources

    Learn more about how to support productive engagement with science.

Research and Reports

See the latest research on the science of communications and the communication of science.

Upcoming Science Communication Funders Network Events

As an event-driven organization, we’re constantly bringing changemakers together, whether in-person or online, to make strategic connections with like-minded professionals. Browse through our upcoming events related to this network.

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2019 Media Impact Forum

This year’s Media Impact Forum will explore the intersection between the arts, culture and media, and will focus on the impact of creative expression through media. In particular, we’ll take a close look the connection between radio and community, and how this format continues to promote civic dialogue to the broadest audiences possible.

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Become a Member

Join our growing network of funders who care about effective use of media.
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Impact Assessment

MIF has provided resources for funders and media producers seeking to build impact strategies and evaluate the outcomes of media projects.
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The Field of Media Funding

Funders, media makers and nonprofit organizations are working together to unleash the power of media to move the needle on important social issues.
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