When working on policy influence in Africa, it is easy to encounter situations for which there is no guidebook available. The mentors hired as part of the TTI PEC programmme confronted this stark reality.
Knowing your audience
Not everyone will find your research useful. You need to know who your audience is and what information they need in order to communicate with them effectively.
Costantine Shirati, Communications Officer at the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Research Organization (Tanzania) shares reflections on the role of information partners in supporting policy influence.
Originally a national chapter of the African Technology Policy Studies Network, ATPS-Tanzania is now registered independently in Tanzania as the…
The Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications Program is hosting a Virtual Write Shop on blogs and op-eds during…
David Olson discusses lessons learned from organizing the second peer virtual learning session for African think tanks in the Think Tank Policy Engagement and Communications Program.
Paula Fray outlines four critical questions which think tanks and other organizations should answer when seeking to engage the media around policy research in the African context.
Nick Benequista argues that think tanks strategic focus, on either supporting evidence-based policies or enhancing public policy decision-making, shapes the way they should be communicating and engaging with stakeholders.
Duncan Green proposed a novel idea whilst giving a talk promoting his latest book at the University of Edinburgh: NGOs can teach academics a lot about impact.
Social media is allowing us to reach new audiences, disseminate research and information and ultimately connect with anyone anywhere at the drop of a hat. Is that to say though, that we are using this ever increasing phenomenon to it’s full potential? Can it change the world?
Arnaldo Pellini (ODI) explores the increasing interest among development organisations to find ways of better understanding the countries and sectors in which they operate through the use of political economy analysis.
Nyasha Musandu explores the value and challenges associated with mapping context as a first step in strategizing for policy influence. Nyasha’s reflections come from her work on the 3ie Policy Influence and Monitoring (PIM) project.
Lindsey Jones (ODI) shares his thoughts on translating research into policy and practice, while also challenging the existing incentives for researchers to think proactively about influence and change.