MSIF announces communication changes

For a temporary period, between Friday 25 July and early September, MSIF will no longer be updating its website. In addition we will no longer publish the e-newsletters Research News or Making Connections.

These interim changes follow the agreement by MSIF’s board of trustees of the organisation’s new communication and information strategy, which includes two new aims for MSIF:

  • ·          To promote internal communication within the MS movement
  • ·          To produce and translate information primarily for MS organisations to adapt and use

The new strategy places MSIF’s members and their needs at the heart of MSIF’s communications and information. It was informed by:

  • ·          MSIF’s strategic plan
  • ·          A survey of MSIF’s current audiences carried out in November 2013
  • ·          a survey of MSIF member chief executives carried out in January 2014
  • ·          analysis of data from MSIF’s websites, social media and email marketing
  • ·          discussions with MSIF staff and stakeholders

This means that much more of MSIF’s communication will be aimed at our member organisations.

In line with the strategy, MSIF will make the following changes over the next two months:

  • ·          We will replace our e-newsletter Research News with a more-wide ranging e-newsletter on global developments in research, treatments and therapies
  • ·          We will replace our e-newsletter Making Connections with an e-newsletter telling the story of what the MS movement is doing, including its achievements, best practice and new resources
  • ·          We will produce these newsletters in Arabic and Spanish as well as English, and more of our website will be translated into Arabic and Spanish
  • ·          We will relaunch our website with a new look and feel and structure, and an exclusive members’ area where members can share resources and views
  • ·          We will be making changes to our magazine MS in focus, but these have not been finalised

Tim Pemberton, MSIF’s head of communication, said: “In order to get our new strategy up and running quickly, we will for a short period no longer update our website, or produce Research News or Making Connections. We aim to have a range of new communications in place in early September.”

“We believe that these changes will help create a more joined-up, engaged and effective global MS research, achieved by better communication within the MS movement, increased access to timely, relevant and accurate information, and routine sharing of information and resources to avoid duplication.”

If you have any questions about MSIF’s new approach to communications and information, please email