Politics

P&I and contributors work, reflect and explore the capacity (competence and willingness) of the political system to make use of research based informed ideas.

 

Improving the use of knowledge in the Secretariat for Public Administration of the Prime (SGP) Minister’s Office in Peru

About a month ago, Politics & Ideas and INASP  invited government agencies to participate in an opportunity to improve the use of knowledge in policy through the application of a new diagnostic tool focused on how the context affects this type of efforts. This tool can help agencies clearly understand how a public institution is currently producing and using knowledge to inform policy, identify windows of opportunity for change, prioritize areas for improvement and co-design feasible change plans.

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Leaders who dare: a new paradigm to enhance the knowledge and policy interaction

Ken Wilber´s Four Quadrants

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P&I and INASP partner to strengthen evidence use in policy

Courtesy of thinkpublic under CC at flickr.com

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A primer on policy entrepreneurs

[Editor's note: This post was originally published by Joe Luetjens, a PhD fellow in the Successful Public Governance program at Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University at www.i2insights.org]

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Watch the complete Webinars series "Going beyond 'Context matters'"

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Reminder: Free webinar series / #6 Intra and inter relationships / March 22

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Promoting the use of evidence in parliaments

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Agnes A.S. Titriku, Program Manager, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), Ghana, and it was originally published at INASP's blog Practising Development.]

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Come and learn about Management and processes for evidence use in policy making: recorded webinar #4

The "Going beyond 'context matters'" webinar series explores six key dimensions of context as outlined in our conceptual framework.

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Free webinar series: Going beyond 'Context matters' / #6 Intra and inter relationships / March 22

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Free webinar series: Going beyond 'Context matters' / #5 Organizational capacity / February 28

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Reminder: Free webinar series / #4 Management & processses / January 17

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Free webinar series: Going beyond 'Context matters' / #4 Management & processses / January 17

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Come and learn about resources for evidence use in policy making: recorded webinar #2

In our last post we shared the link to the recorded version and summarized the main ideas discussed at the first webinar of  our six-part "Going beyond 'context matters'" webinar series, which explores six key dimensions of context as outlined in our conceptual framework. The first webinar focused on the macro-context dimensión.

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Come and learn about macro-context: recorded webinar #1

Our webinar series is convening a very rich groups of speakers, most of them policymakers, to reflect on the different dimensions of context. As presented in our conceptual framework we discovered six main dimensions that account for how a public institution can produce and use knowledge in policy (or not): macro-context, inter and intra relationships, organizational capacity, culture, management and procesess and core resources.

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Free webinar series: Going beyond context matters / #3 Culture / December 13

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Learning and reflecting on Evidence Informed Policy Making

[ This post was produced by Emily Hayter is Programme Manager for Evidence Informed Policy Making at INASP: ehayter@inasp.info]

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Reminder: Free webinar series / #2 Resources / November 23

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Free webinar series: Going beyond context matters / #2 Resources

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Reminder: Free webinar series / #1 Macro - context / October 25

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Free webinar series: Going beyond context matters / #1 Macro – context

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

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Conceptual framework for how public institutions generate and use knowledge / Intra and inter-relationships 2

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to present the conceptual framework and is implications developed under the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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Conceptual framework for how public institutions generate and use knowledge / Intra and inter-relationships 1

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to present the conceptual framework and is implications developed under the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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You missed it? Second round of the Webinar "Knowledge into policy: Going beyond 'Context matters'"

The webinar "Knowledge into policy: Going beyond 'Context matters'" took place on September 7. To share our framework, along with its practical implications and emerging experiences, the following interactive product was presented: www.politicsandideas.org/contextmatters

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Conceptual framework for how public institutions generate and use knowledge / Macro-context (Circumstantial factors)

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to present the conceptual framework developed under the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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Reminder: Webinar "Going beyond context matters"

Are you interested in better understanding how context can affect and be affected by efforts to promote a better interaction between research and policy? 

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Conceptual framework for how public institutions generate and use knowledge / Macro-context

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to present the conceptual framework developed under the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). For an overall synthesis of the whole project, visit our interactive product]

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Free webinar: Going beyond context matters

Are you interested in better understanding how context can affect and be affected by efforts to promote a better interaction between research and policy?

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So, how do we start from context?

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to present the conceptual framework developed under the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). For an overall synthesis of the whole project, visit our interactive product]

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Framework to get knowledge into policy. Dimension #1: Macro-context: structural factors that draw clear lines

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series focused on sharing findings from the conceptual framework developed under the study “Going beyond “Context matters”, conducted by P&I and INASP. The presented framework intends to be a lens to help policymakers, researchers, practitioners and donors better define windows of opportunity in different public institutions to focus efforts on promoting better interaction between knowledge and policy.

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Going beyond “Context matters”: our conceptual framework is ready waiting for you!

Our study on how context matters is finally here  to share! After several months of reading, interviewing people and systematizing experiences from policymakers aiming to promote the use of knowledge in policy, we are happy to share our conceptual framework. This framework intends to be a lens to help policymakers, researchers, practitioners and donors better define windows of opportunity in different public institutions to focus efforts on promoting better interaction between knowledge and policy. In some weeks we will present a practical paper, which proposes concrete ways in which the framework can be used.

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Context: why focus on public institutions and on politics?

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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Our focus for context: governmental institutions

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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Last reminder: Scholarships for online course on using knowledge in policy making in Africa

There is an emerging trend to incorporate knowledge in policymaking and implementation. However, there are several challenges implied as well as ways to use research.  The complexity of policymaking, with many players intervening in the process with their interests and resources, implies that the interaction between the available knowledge and its potential creators and users will vary in diverse contexts. Therefore agents of change will need to  effectively interplay with politics, and develop various skills to match evidence with decisions and policy management.

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So, what is context?

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Netowrk for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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Reminder: Scholarships for online course on using knowledge in policy making in Africa

There is an emerging trend to incorporate knowledge in policymaking and implementation. However, there are several challenges implied as well as ways to use research.  The complexity of policymaking, with many players intervening in the process with their interests and resources, implies that the interaction between the available knowledge and its potential creators and users will vary in diverse contexts. Therefore agents of change will need to  effectively interplay with politics, and develop various skills to match evidence with decisions and policy management.

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Experiences from government institutions: how can we deal better with context?

[Editor's note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the project "Going beyond 'Context matters'', supported by the International Netowrk for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

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Policymakers: unravelling a heterogeneous world

[Editor's Note: This post was written by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt, from Politics & Ideas, and it was originally published at the Aditi Bulletin of the Center for Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

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Knowledge and policy-making: acknowledging each policymaker's contribution to the decision-making process

[Editor's note: This post was written by Javiera Loreto Araya Menares, Professional of the Department of Social Inclusion at the Minister of Social Development in Chile. It is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers' capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

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Knowledge and policy making: time to strengthen internal systems and articulation with different stakeholders

[Editor's note: This post was written by Cecilia Medina Ccoyllo, Coordinator of Lima Region at the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru. It is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers' capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

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Evidence-based policies: building what is really possible

[Editor's note: This post was written by José Antonio Ramírez Flores, head of the Office of Planning and Budget of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI, its acronym in Spanish). It is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers' capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

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Using knowledge to better design and evaluate policies: the General Directorate of Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation in Honduras

[Editor's note: This post is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers´capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

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Going beyond "Context matters"

By Dave Winer under CC at flickr.com

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Knowledge and policy-making: the importance of thinking about how to concretely manage knowledge and communicate it

[Editor's note: This post was written by Marcela Jesús Garzón Ortiz, professional of the Department of Studies, Assessment and Knowledge Management in the Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS) of the Government of Chile. It is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers' capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

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Knowledge and policy making: the challenge to walk in other's shoes

[Editor's note: This post was written by Diego Gonnet, Director of the Department of Information for Management and Open Government at the Direction of Management and Evaluation, Office of Planning and Budgeting, Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay. It is part of a series intended to share results, reflections and what facilitators and participants learned through the development and conduction of the online course “Leaders of change: developing Latin American policymakers' capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”.]

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Helping the decision maker: how to make good public policy recommendations?

[Editor's note: This post is part of a series produced by Leandro Echt and Vanesa Weyrauch, General Coordinator and Co-founder of Politics & Ideas, to share what we learn through the development and conduction of an online course targeted to policymakers in Latin America on the use of research in policy.]

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Are you interested in my research? Seeking for relevant players within the Legislative Branch

[Editor's note: This post is part of a series produced by Leandro Echt and Vanesa Weyrauch from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the development and conduction of an online course targeted to policymakers in Latin America on the use of research in policy.]

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Barriers to research use in the public health sector

By Ian Sane at flickr.com under CC license

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Political Knowledge Regimes: an approach to the Bolivian case

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Fernando Martín Moreno, Political Science graduate by the Complutense University of Madrid and second year student of the International Master of Contemporary Latin American Studies. For author correspondence, please write to fernandomartinmoreno@ucm.es The concept of Political Knowledge Regimes was developed by Adolfo Garcé as part of a Poltics & Ideas’ initiative]

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Bridging frameworkers and circlers: new ways of thinking about policy and evidence?

By olsen.skip under CC at flickr.com

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The role of evidence in policy making: using external information, broadening the contributions’ horizons

Courtesy of phanlop88 at www.freedigitalphotos.com

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The role of evidence in policy making: using internal information, the State as a generator of evidence

By Tontographer en flickr.com under CC license

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Fostering the use of evaluation and research in policy making: the Presidency's Department of Planning, M&E in South Africa.

[Editor's note: This post was written by Ian Goldman, Head of Evaluation and Research at Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Presidency of South Africa.]

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The role of evidence in policy making: “The demand for empirical evidence depends largely on decision makers’ training, background and profile" (part 2)

[Editor's Note: This is the second part of the interview with Diego Gonnet, Director of the Department of Information for Management and Open Government at the Direction of Management and Evaluation, Office of Planning and Budget, Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay. He holds a B.A. Political Science from the University of the Republic of Uruguay and a M.A. in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. This interview is part of a wider series of talks with current and former officials, politicians and researchers from different countries in Latin America about the role of research and information in the public policy process. Interviews are an input to the development of an upcoming online course produced by P&I aimed at promoting the use of evidence to inform policy decisions in Latin America. The first part of the interview is available here. The Spanish version of this interview is available here.]

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The role of evidence in policy making: “We seek to send the message that data is relevant” (part 1)

[Editor's Note: This is the first part of the interview with Diego Gonnet, Director of the Department of Information for Management and Open Government at the Direction of Management and Evaluation, Office of Planning and Budget, Presidency of the Republic of Uruguay. He holds a B.A. Political Science from the University of the Republic of Uruguay and a M.A. in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. This interview is part of a wider series of talks with current and former officials, politicians and researchers from different countries in Latin America about the role of research and information in the public policy process. Interviews are an input to the development of an upcoming online course produced by P&I aimed at promoting the use of evidence to inform policy decisions in Latin America. The Spanish version of this interview is available here.]

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Is there room for evidence? Factors affecting the use of information in policy making (part 2)

[Editor's note: This post is the sixth of a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the development and conduction of an online course targeted to policymakers in Latin America on the use of research in policy.]

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Is there room for evidence? Factors affecting the use of information in policy making (part 1)

[Editor's note: This post is the fifth of a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the development and conduction of an online course targeted to policymakers in Latin America on the use of research in policy.]

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The role of evidence in policy making: “The ideal adviser should meet three skills: analytical-conceptual, relational and communicational”

[Editor's Note: Miguel Braun is a Board member of the Bank of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also Director of Fundación Pensar, a partisan think tank in Argentina. He is co-founder of the think tank CIPPEC, where he served as Director from 2000 to 2010. He holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. This interview is part of a wider series of talks with current and former officials, politicians and researchers from different countries in Latin America about the role of research and information in the public policy process. Interviews are an input to the development of an upcoming online course produced by P&I aimed at promoting the use of evidence to inform policy decisions in Latin America. The Spanish version of this interview is available here.]

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The role of evidence in policy making: “Within politics we will never have perfect information”

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The role of evidence in policy making: "I use more information from those for whom I have a certain affection"

This interview is part of a wider series of talks with current and former officials, politicians and researchers from different countries in Latin America about the role of research and information in the public policy process. Interviews are an input to the development of an upcoming online course produced by P&I aimed at promoting the use of evidence to inform policy decisions in Latin America.

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The 3Ps: Politics, Policymaking and Politicians

[Editor's note: This post was written by Anne Lan Candelaria, Director of the Center for Asian Studies (ACAS) and Professor of the Department of Political Science at Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.]

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Researcher policymaker: A missing bridge?

[Editor's note: This post has previously been published at GDNet blog. GDNet has been a DFID-funded programme run by the Cairo team of the Global Development Network, which has recently been closed. Since 2001, GDNet aimed to help researchers from developing and transitioning countries and support their work to have a greater global impact. P&I itself received GDNet supports in its origins. Thus, we would like to contribute to keeping alive GDNet's legacy by republishing some interesting reflections shared by its team and different guests authors.]

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The need for expertise: how Civil Society Organisations engage with the Regulatory State

This post is based on a commentary by Kathryn Hochstetler that assesses the ways in which members of civil society “often shadow and contest the central actors of the regulatory state, even though they are ostensibly well outside of it”. Above all, this reflection reminds us that we cannot simply assume that the way public affairs are conducted merely involve elected politicians who oversee expert policymakers in specialized ministries or agencies. There are many other actors who might hold expertise or other claims to participation, not least Civil Society Organisations. And they often exercise these prerogatives in complex ways.

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Do like Adam Smith: Ride the train with your policymaker (as often as possible)

Some of the arguably most fundamental, longest-lasting changes in the world economy resulted from the policy influencing efforts of an entrepreneurial scholar. The advent of laissez-faire liberalism in England was a strategic endeavor pursued by none other than Adam Smith, according to James A. Morrison. This post builds on Morrison’s account of Smith’s influence to illustrate how the power of policy ideas has historically relied to a great extent on long-term strategic engagement with policy makers.

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Partisan think tanks: a double-edged sword

[Editor’s note:  This is the third of a series of blogs by Claudio Jones on partisan think tanks. The first post can be read here, and the second post can be read here.]

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What do partisan think tanks seek?

[Editor’s note:  This is the second of a series of blogs by Claudio Jones on partisan think tanks. The first post can be read here.]

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What are partisan think tanks?

[Editor’s note:  What is the role of partisan think tanks in political debates? In this series of blogs, Claudio Jones, researcher with the Fundación Rafael Preciado Hernández in México, argues in favor of a broader and more active role for partisan think tanks, important actors in policy debates.]

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Building a new concept: Political Knowledge Regimes

[Editor’s note: This post presents Adolfo Garcé’s paper 'Political-Knowledge Regimes'. It follows a previous post that gives an overview of the concept of knowledge regimes]

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Is it time to better understand how policymakers understand research?

The call for research to move towards policy and to bridge the gap between them has been around for quite some time now. Many efforts have been made to do this, but yet there is still a lack of understanding of the reasons why policymakers choose (or not) to use research and incorporate it into their decisions. Vivian Tseng provides a conceptual framework that sheds light on how policy and practice use research by looking at factors like the definition of research that policymakers use, their perceptions of its relevance, the forces that influence their use of research, etc. She argues that the research community needs a stronger comprehension of how policymakers incorporate research, and that this is an area ripe for scientific study which will allow researchers to produce more useful work and better engage with practitioners.

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Are researchers isolated from politics? Research within the policy process - from our Topic Guide

Researchers are not separate from politics. The separation between research and policy -and politics- is useful for researchers and their funders but is unhelpful when we attempt to properly understand the nature and manner and how ideas develop and make it, at least officially, into the policy process.

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Evidence-based policy discourse: a policy about policy

Policy must be based on evidence. That is the cornerstone of development and poverty studies, and a discourse adopted by almost all think tanks and organisations that conduct research in these fields. Andries du Toit makes the case that evidence-based policy discourse (EBP) is normative: it is about what policy should be; the desirable relationships between evidence and policy; what the appropriate conduct is for researchers and policymakers. In short, it makes political decisions about what counts as evidence. While this discourse presents itself as a technocratic model in which science and data ensure that policy is correct and appropriate, leaving aside political or ideological interferences, far from being apolitical, this discourse is a meta-political project, a “policy about policy”.

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Is evidence enough to underpin policy? Horizontal policy-making in Chile

However different policy processes might be around the world, including evidence in them seems generally desirable. The question is whether more is always better, or in other words, whether technically sound policy is a sufficient condition for continued development.

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When Academics and Policymakers mix - Reflections from the Philippines

To what extent do academics and policymakers interact with each other and what is the byproduct of this interaction has always been a fascination in public policy literature.

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Institutionalizing the demand for research: Public Sector Advisory Council for research organizations

Editor’s note: This post was jointly written with Iliana Carrasco Díaz, Media and Public Relations Officer at CIES.

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