Outreach and Advocacy Projects

Having an impact on the thinking of policy makers is our single greatest objective. To this end the IRR possesses a formidable arsenal of media and public relations programmes designed to promote the results and outputs of its policy research efforts.
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Outreach and Advocacy Projects

Having an impact on the thinking of policy makers is our single greatest objective. To this end the IRR possesses a formidable arsenal of media and public relations programmes designed to promote the results and outputs of its policy research efforts.

Through our Media Alert Service more than 650 newspapers, radio stations, television stations, media agencies and individual journalists subscribe to our reports and access our support services free of charge. This programme empowers journalists with access to information to help them hold government to account, test the claims of political leaders, identify social and economic priorities, successes, and short comings, and shape debates that will lead to a better South Africa.  It is a hugely successful programme that in recent years has recorded upward of seven citations a day in the local and international media.

Through our Democracy Support Programme more than 2 000 elected representatives, across all three tiers of government, and across all political parties, are signed up to receive our research and policy outputs free of charge. This programme is designed to empower elected leaders with an independently researched source of information to promote sound policies that will underpin political and economic freedom. 

Through our Civil Society Support Programme over 500 community-based advocacy and human rights groups receive all our research outputs and support services free of charge. These groups are the bed-rock of our democracy and through this programme we directly support their efforts to bring political and economic freedom into the lives of ordinary people.

Our Centre for Risk Analysis uses scenario based strategy to help business and government leaders make policy decisions about South Africa. It does so by supplying its users with access to all of the IRR’s reports, allowing them access to a Research Support Service that supplies social and economic data and trends on demand, and strategic and scenario briefings on what is happening in South Africa and what is expected to happen over the next ten years.  It is a policy of the IRR that corporate and government users pay a fee to gain access to its reports and services. These fees pay for our research and subsidise the free access that journalists, elected representatives, and civil society organisations get to our reports. 

Collectively these four programmes are the pillars of the Free Society Project – which is our major outreach effort at creating a better South Africa.

Through all of these programmes we are the largest and most influential independent supplier of ideas and policy solutions to the media, civil society, the government, political parties, and the business community in South Africa. Our users stretch from the far left to the far right of the political spectrum. We work with small municipalities and the highest levels of government. We supply information to trade unions and the CEOs of South Africa’s biggest businesses. We support large corporations who want to expand their investment footprint in South Africa and small entrepreneurs who want to help build a better South Africa through the adoption of better policies.

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Through our Media Alert Service more than 650 newspapers, radio stations, television stations, media agencies and individual journalists subscribe to our reports and access our support services free of charge. This programme empowers journalists with access to information to help them hold government to account, test the claims of political leaders, identify social and economic priorities, successes, and short comings, and shape debates that will lead to a better South Africa.  It is a hugely successful programme that in recent years has recorded upward of seven citations a day in the local and international media.

Through our Democracy Support Programme more than 2 000 elected representatives, across all three tiers of government, and across all political parties, are signed up to receive our research and policy outputs free of charge. This programme is designed to empower elected leaders with an independently researched source of information to promote sound policies that will underpin political and economic freedom. 

Through our Civil Society Support Programme over 500 community-based advocacy and human rights groups receive all our research outputs and support services free of charge. These groups are the bed-rock of our democracy and through this programme we directly support their efforts to bring political and economic freedom into the lives of ordinary people.

Our Centre for Risk Analysis uses scenario based strategy to help business and government leaders make policy decisions about South Africa. It does so by supplying its users with access to all of the IRR’s reports, allowing them access to a Research Support Service that supplies social and economic data and trends on demand, and strategic and scenario briefings on what is happening in South Africa and what is expected to happen over the next ten years.  It is a policy of the IRR that corporate and government users pay a fee to gain access to its reports and services. These fees pay for our research and subsidise the free access that journalists, elected representatives, and civil society organisations get to our reports. 

Collectively these four programmes are the pillars of the Free Society Project – which is our major outreach effort at creating a better South Africa.

Through all of these programmes we are the largest and most influential independent supplier of ideas and policy solutions to the media, civil society, the government, political parties, and the business community in South Africa. Our users stretch from the far left to the far right of the political spectrum. We work with small municipalities and the highest levels of government. We supply information to trade unions and the CEOs of South Africa’s biggest businesses. We support large corporations who want to expand their investment footprint in South Africa and small entrepreneurs who want to help build a better South Africa through the adoption of better policies.

Free Society Project