Earlier this month, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) released a report that seeks to answer a compelling question: Does research drive international development?
Evidence into policy
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.
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.
The International Growth Centre (IGC) is looking for a Managing Editor. The succesful candidate will play a crucial role in translating IGC academic research into easily understandable policy advice and compelling ideas for growth, working closely with IGC researchers.
CommsConsult are now into the final year of work on the 3-year 3ie Policy Influence Monitoring project, where the focus has recently shifted to some of the project’s evaluation deliverables; most notably to the ‘Stories of Change’. These stories aim to pull out some of the lessons learned from the Impact Evaluations for application by future such studies.
This guide provides a sample of frameworks around getting research into policy, which may be of use to think tanks and researchers alike.
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.
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, we learn about the three golden rules for researchers when trying to inform policy, as set out by Dr. Charles Griffin
Chris Tyler, writing in the Guardian, posted an article today called Top 20 things scientists need to know about policy-making. Although this is set within a UK context, the R2A team felt that it would be really interesting to offer a response to this that focuses on policy-making in the development context.
Reflections from a Policy Dialogue event that brought together policy actors and researchers to explore specific challenges around getting research into policy and making evidence-based policies.
‘Getting to Grips with Evidence’ highlights challenges facing NGOs, and puts these in the context of wider debates about the use of evidence in policy-making and practice. Drawing on two webinars hosted by INTRAC the paper explores issues surrounding the use of evidence by practitioners.