Research to Action spoke to Antonio Capillo, part of the evidence informed policy making team at INASP, and asked him to recommend some resources on the subject for those new to some of the debates underpinning the use of evidence in policy. Antonio kindly provided us with a selection of blogs and articles from INASP, Kirsty Evidence and SciDev.Net. If you are new to the concept of ‘evidence-informed’ policy, want to explore more, or get involved in the discussion these posts should help. Thanks Antonio!
Approximately once a year, I get into an argument with my father about the reliability of scientific evidence. My dad likes to tell me that scientists are always getting it wrong and, therefore, scientific knowledge should not be put on a pedestal above other forms of knowledge. It can certainly seem that scientists are constantly backtracking but I would argue that this is more to do with the imperfect humans (whose values and beliefs influence how they do research and how they interpret scientific findings) rather flaw in the scientific method per se [more…]
“How do I make my research relevant to policy?” I believe this should be an imperative question for any empirical (perhaps, also theoretical) researcher. Some researchers/scientists won’t probably agree with me, fearing that my statement implies some sort of pollution brought by the cynic political logic into the pure and linear research process. However, as a professional interested in evidence informed policy making (EIPM) and a social scientist, I believe that research and politics can find a common ground in their higher conceptions – respectively intended as a social mission and art of mediation between different interests resulting in the best possible solution for the society [more…]
4. Creating a ‘safe’ space to advance evidence-based policy By Scott Drimie.
The process of developing evidence-based policy is complex, and it is rare for policymakers to pick up research recommendations automatically. Many decisions are poorly informed by research-based evidence. Policymakers tend to be influenced by their own values, experience and judgement, lobbyists and pressure groups, as well as pragmatism [More…]
5. Support local governance to get research into policy By Justin O. Parkhurst
Researchers who work in developing countries are increasingly being asked by funders to demonstrate that their findings are being taken up in policy and practice. It is certainly reasonable that donor agencies want to see the impact of research they fund — they too face demands from their backers, including taxpayers and philanthropists [more…]
6. Policy influence versus evidence-informed policy By Kirsty Newman
Many donors who fund development research seek to measure the policy influence that a given research project (or a group of projects) have had. This is important and valid and the approach has yielded some interesting lessons. However, it is important to realise that this is not the same as measuring evidence-informed policy [more…]
For resources and guidance on evidence-informed policy making see the task on the task menu entitled ‘Evidence into Policy”