New initiative by the UK government that seeks to create a series of evidence centres to improve the way evidence is used in policy.
Making your research accessible
If research can’t be found, or is not easily understood by target audiences it simply does not travel, falling at the first hurdle in the process of trying to bring about change.
Have a look at this research paper discussing how to create more for less with the use of evidence, from Research Unit for Research Utilisation (RURU) School of Management University of St Andrews.
Mark Robinson, William Evans and Kirsty Newman from DFID’s Research and Evidence Division introduce the new “Assessing the Strength of Evidence” How to Note, which aims to improve the use of evidence within DFID.
Andrew Clappison argues there is one huge obstacle flying in the face of evidence informed policy making and that’s the fact we live in a socially constructed world, where politics, culture and power shapes peoples behaviour and norms.
This paper explores and sumarises the discussions that took place during the International Conference on Evidence-Informed Policy Making in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Aranaldo Pellini looks at how evidence is informing policy in Indonesia, arguing that a big push to strengthen the use of research and data analysis in the design of public policies is needed to sustain growth.
The word on the street is that ‘evidence informed’ policy is going to be big in 2013. R2A spoke to Antonio Capillo, part of the evidence informed policy making team at INASP, and asked him to recommend some blogs on the subject.
We caught up with Kirsty Newman last week to talk about her new role at DFID, what she learnt from her time at INASP, and to return to some of the issues she has blogged about previously on Research to Action.
Materials from INASP a programme to help policy makers and influencers to find, evaluate and use information to inform policy making.