Research and Ideas

P&I and contributors are interested in identifying innovative research methods and tools that can help researchers and research organizations to improve the quality and relevance of their studies and increase possibilities of uptake by different audiences. Moreover, we want to place the study of ideas back into their political, social and economic context and reflect on how these emerge from evidence, consolidate themselves, are shared and adopted, or rejected, or even transformed as different stakeholders work on them.

 

Let´s embrace culture: listen about its importance in Webinar #3 of our series Going beyond ‘Context matters’

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“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, expressed Peter Drucker a while ago. Anyone surprised? How many times, in our efforts to strengthen the use of knowledge in policy, have we seen excellent plans and activities guided by...Read More »


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?

Join our free webinar series where we will explore in depth the six main dimensions of context (for a sneak peek navigate our...Read More »


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...Read More »


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...Read More »


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]

Courtesy of Alan Levine, under CC at flickr.com

After three years, 11 countries, 1, 164 people trained and 26 public engagement events held, the VakaYiko...Read More »


A co-creation challenge: Aligning research and policy processes

[Editor’s Note: This piece was written by Katrin Prager, senior social scientist at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, and originally appeared at Integration and Implementation Insights.]

 

How does the mismatch between policy and research processes and timelines stymie co-creation? I describe an...Read More »


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

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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?

Join our free webinar series where we will explore in depth the six main dimensions of context (for a sneak peek navigate our...Read More »


Conceptual framework for how public institutions generate and use knowledge /Culture 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 its implications developed under the project “Going beyond ‘Context matters”, supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).]

Culture is undeniable...Read More »


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?

Join our free webinar series where we will explore in depth the six main dimensions of context (for a sneak peek navigate our...Read More »


We won’t achieve the Sustainable Development Goals if developing country researchers can’t play their part

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Jon Harle, Senior Programme Manager, Research Access & Higher Education and Director of the Strengthening Research & Knowledge Systems programme at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)....Read More »


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).]

We have focused our...Read More »


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).]

 

We have focused our...Read More »


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"

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

 

Please join us in P&I and INASP´s upcoming free webinar Knowledge into policy: Going beyond “Context matters” that will take place on September 7th, at 2 PM...Read More »


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...Read More »


Think-tanking in environments with low value assigned to research

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Simonida Kacarska, Research Coordinator at the European Policy Institute, Macedonia. It is the tenth article of a series of reflections to share what facilitators and participants learned through P&I’s online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for...Read More »


Dialogue over dissemination: Unlocking the potential of knowledge exchange through creative collaboration

[Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared on the LSE Impact Blog and is reposted under Creative Commons CC BY 3.0. Knowledge exchange and impact activities often have to negotiate, incorporate and synthesise different kinds of expertise. 

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Tanja Jakobi, Media analyst and researcher at CENTAR Public Policy Research Centre, Serbia. It is the ninth article of a series of reflections to share what facilitators and participants learned through P&I’s online course Doing policy...Read More »


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,...Read More »


Choosing to innovate on your research agenda

[Editor’s note: This post is the eighth of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016.]

 

In our course on policy...Read More »


Methodological choices to inform policy

[Editor’s note: This post is the seventh of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported by the...Read More »


Understanding policy problems and their implications in your research decisions

[Editor’s note: This post is the sixth of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported by the...Read More »


Drafting and validating your research agenda

[Editor’s note: This post is the fifth of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported by the...Read More »


Why do we need to analyze our context to design a research agenda?

[Editor’s note: This post is the fourth of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported by the...Read More »


Individual and institutional research agendas: how are they different?

[Editor’s note: This post is the third of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported by the...Read More »


What are the principles of policy relevant research?

[Editor’s note: This post is the second of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported by the...Read More »


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...Read More »


Crafting policy relevant research

[Editor’s note: This post is the introduction to a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016. The course was supported...Read More »


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...Read More »


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).]

 

As we have already shared in Read More »


Doing research in Bolivia Paraguay and Perú

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Maria Balarin, Senior Researcher at the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE). She reflects on openness and what it means in the context of INASP’s work. This post was originally published at Read More »


Openness is good but not simple

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Julie Brittain, who has recently become the Executive Director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP). She reflects on openness and what it means in the context of...Read More »


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).]

 

Context is clearly a complex environment where different levels of...Read More »


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

ToRs

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...Read More »


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).]

 

As we have already shared in a previous...Read More »


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

ToRs

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...Read More »


Theatre, a strategy to raise awareness about public policy challenges

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Dr. Prasoon Agarwal, Senior Advisor at Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head of Communication & Policy Engagement at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

In the run up to COP 21...Read More »


Research knowledge is crucial to national and global development

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Julie Brittain, who has recently become the Executive Director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) after four years as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes....Read More »


How think tanks attract, engage and retain its human resources: CSTEP's HR Unit

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Kavitha Nair, Human Resources Manager at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

 

Introduction

Why are Human Resources (HR) an important aspect of industries? HR are the “image” of an...Read More »


Geographic Information System (GIS): a useful tool for analysing data in policy making decision

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Pareexit Chauhan, GIS Analyst, and Dr. Gaurav Kapoor, Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

 

What is GIS?

According to the Wikipedia,...Read More »


Acknowledging a prominent think tank: the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) in India

Politics & Ideas is a joint initiative of researchers and practitioners to co- produce and share innovative and relevant knowledge linking ideas and politics in developing and emerging economies. We encourage researchers and practitioners in the field to speak about their own challenges and share their perspectives about how research...Read More »


Insights into the state of research systems in developing countries – Part 2

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Sue Corbett, Executive Director at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), and it was originally published at Practising Development. Part 1...Read More »

Insights into the state of research systems in developing countries – Part 1

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Sue Corbett, Executive Director at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), and it was originally published at Practising Development.]

 

In May...Read More »


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...Read More »

Going beyond "Context matters"

By Dave Winer under CC at flickr.com

[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...Read More »

Building a think tank's research agenda: an insight into CSTEP's experience

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Dr. Annapoorna Ravichander, Head of the Communication and Policy Engagement Team at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP).]

A research agenda is a plan that focuses on...Read More »


Why African Think Tanks Should Lead the Youth Migration Policy Debate

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Diakalia Sanogo and Julie Lafrance, Senior Program Specialists at the Think Tank Initiative.]

The April 18th Libyan boat disaster represented the largest single day loss of life during a migrant crossing to Europe in history. Given...Read More »


International Online Conference: Insights into Think Tanks (August – October 2015)

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published at On Think Tanks. It introduces the International online conference: Methodologies for Researching Think Tanks, a series of webinars to be held between August and October 2015. You can use this hashtag to address the issue...Read More »


Independent Analysis and Ethics: The case of the “Uncomfortable Truth”

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published at Research to Action. During a session on the role of ethics at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange, Margarita Beneke De Sanfeliu, from FUSADES,...Read More »


IDRC Upcoming Conference: ‘The Transformation of Research in the South: policies and outcomes’

[Editor’s note: This post was written by David O’Brien, Senior Program Specialist for the Technology and Innovation program at the International Development Research Center (IDRC), and introduces the call for papers for the upcoming conference: ‘The Transformation of Research in the South:...Read More »


Seeking for great researchers at think tanks

 [Editor’s note: This post was written by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt as part of a process of developing an online course targeted to think tankers on research for policy making, supported by the Think Tank Fund and the Think Tank Initiative.]

Researching (and researchers) is at the heart of what...Read More »


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

By olsen.skip under CC at flickr.com

This is the third post of a series focusing on how we can better incorporate the complexity paradigm as a key framework to tackle the challenges and questions shared by many of us interested in the interaction between...Read More »


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

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Courtesy of phanlop88 at www.freedigitalphotos.com

[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...Read More »


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

[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...Read More »


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.]

 

South Africa has had a policy unit in the Presidency for some time, which since the...Read More »


Final postcard from the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Richard Darlington, Head of News at IPPR and co-founder of WonkComms, at Think Tank Review. Other Richard’s postcards from TTIX2015...Read More »


Stocktaking on Research Quality at the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

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Two weeks ago the TTIX2015 took place in Istanbul and some initial reactions have already emerged. Enrique Mendizabal did an exercise of finding “the elephants in the rooms”, Vanesa Weyrauch reflects on the exchange itself and what it means...Read More »


TTIX 2015: re-visiting the endless possibilities of written communications

P&I was invited to moderate two sessions during the Think Tank Initiative Exchange 2015 in Istanbul. The first one focused its attention on written tools for communications. Representatives from three think tanks (Dushni Weerakoon from IPS, Sri Lanka, José Angel Quirós from Read More »


From jugglers to innovators: some ideas about the potential of the TTI Exchange 2015

Day 1 of the Think Tank Exchange 2015 has set the scene for a very promising exchange and refinement of ideas on how to grapple with relevant challenges shared by those interested in a more fruitful interaction between research and...Read More »


The Think Tank Initiative´s Global Exchange: an opportunity to foster peer (and non-peer!) learning

By Nyctalimon with CC license

P&I has been invited to participate in the upcoming Think Tank Initiative´s Global Exchange that will bring together up to 200 think tanks, donors, and other research-to-policy stakeholders to...Read More »


The role of evidence in public policies: informing means or ends?

[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.]

 

In ‘The Well-informed. Citizen: An...Read More »


Conceptual Framework No. 4: Working Hypothesis

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series devoted to tools and frameworks for researchers to plan better projects right from the start. Please read the first post for the general outline of the series.]

In the previous posts, we have analyzed conceptual frameworks for research projects that have...Read More »


Embracing complexity: welcome to our land!

By Michael Heiss under CC license

This is the first post of a series focusing on how we can better incorporate the complexity paradigm as a key framework to tackle the challenges and questions shared by many of us interested in the interaction between...Read More »


The challenges facing southern researchers in the Arab world

[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...Read More »

Networking through the South: interview to Vera Schattan Pereira Coelho, member of the Collaboration for Research on Democracy Network

[Editor’s note: The Collaboration for Research on Democracy (CORD) is a network of universities, think tanks, NGOs, independent researchers and practitioners mostly from the global south. Their mission is to contribute to inclusive citizenship and democratic governance through collaborative and...Read More »


Conceptual Framework No. 3: The formal hypothesis

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series devoted to tools and frameworks for researchers to plan better projects right from the start.  Read the first blog for an introduction to conceptual frameworks]

In this third post, I will discuss the model of formal hypothesis. If you are just...Read More »


Conceptual Framework No.2: Categories

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series devoted to tools and frameworks for researchers to plan better projects right from the start.  Read the first blog for an introduction to conceptual frameworks]

In a previous post I described the Practical Ideal Type framework that can be used...Read More »


Bringing analysis, evidence and new ideas on social development to the UN system: an interview with Jenifer Freedman, Head of Communications at UNRISD

In the Palais des Nations, the United Nations office in Geneva, there is room for UNRISD, a research institute focused on social development that aims to bring cutting-edge ideas “to the highest levels” of the multilateral diplomatic system. This is the first of two...Read More »


Are “South-South” interactions geographically restricted?

[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...Read More »

Conceptual Framework No.1: The Practical Ideal Type

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series devoted to tools and frameworks for researchers to plan better projects right from the start.  Read the first blog for an introduction to conceptual frameworks]

In the previous post I introduced the conceptual frameworks as a practical tool to link...Read More »


Defining a research agenda. Balancing internal and external influences

[Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared at INASP’s newsletter 2012. It is also available in Spanish at VIPPAL.]

The definition of a research agenda is key for any organisation trying to be protagonist of the policy arena. However, setting a research agenda is not...Read More »


How to link theory and practice for relevant research

[Editor’s note: This post is part of a series devoted to tools and frameworks for researchers to plan better projects right from the start.]

Researchers who seek to influence policies face the challenge to link theory and practice daily. However, thinking about our work in the traditional categories: empirical, theoretical, quantitative,...Read More »


Don’t waste efforts: how to make social innovations produce robust (knowledge and) evidence

[Editor’s Note: This post has been written by Wenny Ho, researcher and facilitator based in the Netherlands. This post is based on her article titled “Evidence creation through Knowledge Integration“.]

Increasing the variety of perspectives has proven to deliver more...Read More »


Imagining a better 2014 (5) - by Julia Pomares

[Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of posts called ‘Imagining a better 2014’ that brings together reflections from a number of researchers and practitioners on the most important lessons and future challenges for promoting the use of research in policy.

Our fifth respondent is

[Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of posts called ‘Imagining a better 2014’ that brings together reflections from a number of researchers and practitioners on the most important lessons and future challenges for promoting the use of research in policy.

Our fourth respondent is María Elena Quilodran,...Read More »


Imagining a better 2014 (3) - by Andrea Ordoñez

Better 2014 P&I 2

[Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of posts called ‘Imagining a better 2014’ that brings together reflections from a number of researchers and practitioners on the most important lessons and future challenges for promoting the use of research in policy.

Our third respondent is Andrea Ordóñez, independent researcher based...Read More »

Imagining a better 2014 (2) - by Raquel Zelaya and the team at ASIES

Tweet about this on Twitter[Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of posts called ‘Imagining a better 2014’ that will bring together reflections from a number of researchers and practitioners on the most important lessons and future challenges for promoting the use of research in policy.

Our second respondents are the team at...Read More »


Imagining a better 2014 (1) Ramón-Antonio Gutiérrez Palacios

[Editor’s note: This is the first of a series of posts called ‘Imagining a better 2014’ that will bring together reflections from a number of researchers and practitioners on the most important lessons and future challenges for promoting the use of research in policy.

Our first respondent is Ramón-Antonio Gutiérrez Palacios,...Read More »


Protocol for case study writing

[Editor’s note: This post introduces a new material produced by Anne Lan K. Candelaria for Politics & Ideas. This case study protocol will be followed by an example of a case study written by the same author, to be published in January 2014.]

For many practitioners, the most familiar and most...Read More »


Three worthwhile questions on public philosophies

[Editor’s note: This reflection is based on our paper “Defining problems or providing solutions? The role of ideas in policy debates”. It is part of a series of posts on Ideas and Evidence Based Policy.]

One level of ideas is that of public philosophies, or zeitgeist. It...Read More »


Defining problems or providing solutions? The role of ideas in policy debates

Today I am sharing a new working paper with you: “Defining problems or providing solutions? The role of ideas in policy debates.” Ideas are a key concept to link research and policy, and...Read More »


What is behind the idea of Evidence Based Policy?

In the previous post, I shared Jal Mehta’s framework that can help us take apart an idea into its different dimensions  (I suggest you review it before reading this post). The three dimensions are policy solutions, problem definition and public philosophy. An idea that floats around much of our...Read More »


Rethinking ideas - more than just policy solutions

One of the areas of interest of our research agenda are ideas. I agree, conceptualizing ideas, and exploring where they come from, how they evolve, and who appropriates them is essential to understanding how research can influence policy.

But what are ideas?  When we think about ideas, we usually picture...Read More »


More reflections on transitions in think tanks’ executive direction: FUSADES’ experience

A few weeks ago I shared an article about background profiles and qualities of think tanks’ directors, followed by some reflections about the processes that led the think tanks FEDESARROLLO (Colombia) and CIPPEC (Argentina) to appoint a new Executive Director. In this new post I document and...Read More »


Knowledge Regimes: A conceptual contribution for the link between research and policy

[Editor’s note: This post is written by Adolfo Garcé from the Institute of Political Science in the Universidad de la República – Uruguay. It shares some preliminary ideas on his upcoming paper that expands the notion of the knowledge regimes.] 

It isn’t hard to...Read More »


How to conduct a transition in the Executive Direction? Two experiences from think thanks in Latin America

As I wrote in a previous post, think tank’s directors need to deal with a huge diversity of issues: from budgetary choices, to communicational ones; from organizational engineering to staffing and leadership. Moreover, they are always interacting with a broad range of stakeholders, both at the internal and external “front”:...Read More »


Think tanks' executive directors: background, profiles and qualities

Leading a think tank is not an easy task. Usually, these leaders need to make key decisions that involve a huge diversity of issues: from budgetary choices, to communicational ones; from organizational engineering to staff issues. Moreover, they have to deal with a broad range of stakeholders, both at the...Read More »


Moving our research agenda forward

In the upcoming weeks we will start sharing some of the research currently being carried out as to develop our research agenda.  The objective of these documents is to build on two things: first, on our empirical understanding of the link between politics and ideas and second, our frameworks and...Read More »


Not 'theories of change' but 'theories of how change happens'

Theory of Change has become a buzzword across the development industry. It is a new tool in the toolbox that consultants use for planning, monitoring and evaluation. Not long ago, however, the term was not that well known. Instead, when we...Read More »


Throwing a rock at Evidence?

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This post was written by Nilakshi De Silva, Senior Research Professional at the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka

I always feel a little uncomfortable when we refer...Read More »


Are we really on the driving seat when trying to link research and policy?

I have participated in the past years in many projects and witnessed lots of discussions on how to monitor and evaluate whether research has (or has not) influenced policy. For sure, pressure to demonstrate to donors that their money was well invested is the main...Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Introduction

Evidence based policy has, as the Topic Guide states in its introduction, become a sort of holy grail for policymakers (in the North and the South). If the concept is difficult to fully accept in developed countries with strong professional civil services, the idea would...Read More »


A new Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas

Our first product is a Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas. We have worked intensely to produce it but we know that we need your help to complete our task. We want this Guide to become an opportunity for collaboration that helps...Read More »


Young voices, big impact, promising future

Engaging youth in research is considered a useful source of knowledge on development challenges since they usually provide fresh perspectives and also an effective way of empowering young participation. Involving the young in research processes is fairly new. Recent years have seen increasing global awareness...Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: useful websites and organizations

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Useful websites and organizations

 

On think tanks www.onthinktanks.org 

The Evaluation Exchange (Harvard Family Research Project) http://www.hfrp.org/evaluation/the-evaluation-exchange

My M&E http://www.mymande.org/

Impact of Social Sciences. Maximizing the impact of academic research (London School of Economics) http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/ 

Theory...Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: The monitoring and evaluation of research for influence and impact

The monitoring and evaluation of research influence and impact

In this section:

In the last ten years there has been an increasing emphasis on ensuring that research has an influence or ‘impact’ on policy. Research impact and research influence...Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Capacity building

Capacity building

In this section:

Approaches to developing research capacity & evidence literacy/use of evidence in policymaking

The literature in the area of capacity building to strengthen research and policy linkages refers to a number of...Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: The Communication of Research

The communication of research

In this section:

Knowledge Translation & Brokering

Influencing policy through research is not a simple case of producing knowledge that informs policymakers in a linear fashion, as the literature in on Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Research within the Policy Process

Research within the policy process

In this section:

The political economy of research uptake

As the discussion in Section 1 demonstrated, the relationship between research and policy...Read More »


The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Research Agenda and Production

Research agenda and production

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Key factors influencing think tanks and policy research organizations in...Read More »

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Introduction

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Introduction

‘Evidence-based policy’ has become something of a holy grail for policymakers intent on formulating pragmatic, effective policies which work on the basis of evidence rather than ideology. In the last decade it has increasingly been seen as both an indicator of and way of attaining ‘good governance’ across the world,...Read More »


Topic Guide on Politics & Ideas: Research and policy

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This Topic Guide covers a number of topic and issues identified during a process of discussion and debate among the team members and others involved and is part of the Research Agenda for Politics & Ideas. It is presented in sections below and we encourage you to review it and add your views...Read More »


Politics & Ideas: An open research agenda

Creating a research agenda is always an exciting job. On the one hand, we are always seeking for overarching structures and frameworks that can help us to see our work in a more strategic and coherent manner. And on the other hand, inquiry requires flexibility for the unexpected and for...Read More »


Social media and open access as a new form of peer review

Peer-reviewing an article is a process used in order to guarantee the quality of the research conducted. However, traditional peer review processes are sometimes considered slow, which stifles innovation, and researchers do not know who is reviewing them as these mostly remain anonymous. According to Thomas Pickard,

Demand, supply and the market

We know that the separation between the demand and supply of research is artificial: Ideas emerge and are used in complex systems in which players interact with each other and often perform several roles at once.

The labels, demand and supply, come from the metaphor of the...Read More »


Reading recommendations: research and policy overview

Are you interested in learning more about the relationship between research and policy? The following studies, also found in the Topic Guide, may be of interest:

 

Solesbury, W. (2001). Evidence Based Policy: Whence it Came and Where it’s Going. ESRC UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy...Read More »


 

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