The Think Tank Initiative have recently published 48 stories of influence to document the changes their work is supporting. This blog (1of2) reflects on the approach used to develop these and other stories of influence.
Monitoring and evaluation
It’s not easy to measure the impact of development research in bringing about positive change. It’s even harder to show how communications efforts, and expenditure, helps to achieve both research objectives, and development outcomes. This section aims to offer key resources and insights to help support better monitoring and evaluation of research uptake activities.
There are many (brilliant and essential) initiatives around better linking academic research and policy such as 3ie, DRUSSA and Research Impact. However it is not just research-generated ‘knowledge’ that does and should inform development policy.
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.
In this blog-post, Henna Mahmood, outlines five improvements achieved to-date by Anglophone African think tanks participating in the Think Tank Initiative’s PEC Program.
This post presents three new podcasts, developed as part of the PEC programme, on measuring the impact of research communications. These will provide a focal point for a peer-learning event on March 12th.
James Georgalakis offers insight from a series of workshops in Nepal, as part of the Think Tanks Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications Programme, on the development of institutional level engagement strategies.
This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
Sparkwise is an online tool that allows you to create interactive and dynamic dashboards to display all of your website and social media statistics and metrics…in one place and for free!
The main purpose of Google Analytics is for tracking the traffic activity to and from your website, but how do you know which features you should be looking at and which ones are important to you?
Learning from one of IDSs latest ‘Practice Papers in Brief’provides some insights from conducting a Qualitative Document Analysis (QDA) on policy documents for the rural water sector.
Alternative metrics tools are a new way to track and measure the social impact of research in real time. Altmetrics tracks research via social media uptake, ciatation counts, mentions or bookmarks, attention in blogs and even Wikipedia posts.
Google also offers you a range of opportunities to report on and track the impact you and your research are having. This guide, written by Cheryl Brown and Siobhan Duvigneau, provides a number of simple ways to track and trace your research on the web.