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.
Julie LaFrance of the Think Tank Initiative (TTI) outlines lessons learned to-date from the PEC Programme – emphasising the need for flexibility in a mentorship based model of capacity development.
In his first contribution to R2A, Robbie Gregorowski explores the latest thinking on capacity development in the field of research uptake, and introduces the concept of ‘Capacity Development 2′ – placing new emphasis on attitudinal and behavioural change.
In his latest contribution, Roger Harris explores whether the growing focus on open science actually supports knowledge utilisation or ‘open knowledge’, and as a consequence better research uptake.
Astrid Walker Bourne reflects on the views of think tanks in relation to how policy change happens, arguing that their ability to produce high quality research is as critical as their ability to connect to multiple stakeholders and nurture relationships.
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.
Alex Ademokun provides reflections on Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) through his work on INASP’s Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI)
In this post, Jorge Benavides reflects on FUNDESA’s experience of working with the media and offers very valuable advice for researchers and think tanks looking to make the most of their media engagement.