Policy influence

P&I and contributors want to unravel the diverse mechanisms that bring research to inform policies, based on an understanding that different stakeholders build up better environmental conditions for this process to take place (policymakers, researchers, universities, media, etc.), We are also committed to sharing  innovative communications initiatives by researchers and research organizations (and other players too, why not?) in developing countries.


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]


In the world of public policy, it is interesting to consider how and why particular policy ideas catch...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 »

Policy Impact: A Think Tank’s Perspective

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



The term Think Tank was first...Read More »

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? 


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 »

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. 

[P&I has joined efforts with the On Think Tanks School and will offer its online course on Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning for Think Tanks within the school´s platform. The course starts on September 26th and lasts until November 11th. The fee...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 »

Free webinar: Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) of policy influence: are the results worth the effort?

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...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 »

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...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 »

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.]

If we focus...Read More »

Barriers to research use in the public health sector

By Ian Sane at flickr.com under CC license

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Rose N. Oronje, PhD, Senior Policy & Communications Specialist of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), at 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 »

Innovating for Impact in Public Policy

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Dr. Derek B. Miller, Director of The Policy Lab, and Lisa Rudnick, Head of the International Peace Advisory Team at Interpeace. Together they ran a series of...Read More »

Think Tanks and communications: the challenge of being reasonable, resourceful and proactive

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Henna Mahmood and Shubha Jayaram, Senior Communications Associate and Senior Program Officer at Results for Development Institute (R4D).]


From 2013-2014, Results for Development Institute (R4D), together with 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 »

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 »

How to use research to improve health programs and services? Lessons from applying a self-assessment tool in institutional settings in three regions in Colombia

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Luz Helena Sanchez Gomez, MD MPH. She is Executive Director and Senior Researcher at the Colombian Association for Health in the field of Health Policy & Systems.]


I work for a small private non for profit health research center dedicated to Health Policy and...Read More »

Knowledge brokering to enhance the impact of academic research on public policy

[Editor’s note: This post was written by David Phipps, Director of Research & Innovation Services at York University, Toronto, Canada.]


Canadian academic research in all disciplines is among the best in the world but Canada is not extracting full social and economic...Read More »

How to analyze the results of policy influencing: lessons from a new method under construction

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Juan Fernández Labbé, researcher and coordinator of M&E Unit at RIMISP-Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural, a Chilean think tank.]


For some time, the Latin American Center for Rural Development (Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural,...Read More »

What’s the evidence on Evidence Informed Policy Making?

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Andrew Clappison, Communication Manager at CommsConsult and Programme Manager of Research to Action.]


One of the key indicators of policy influence is ‘framing debates’ (Jones and Villar, 2008) and there is...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 »

Researcher’s habits: unlocking the potential for impact?

In a previous post, I discussed why I think that the objective of informing policy should be considered from the onset of a research project. Since then, I have been reflecting on how to go about changing the way researchers think, and will continue to share some ideas on...Read More »

Have Evidence, Will… Um, Erm (guest post)

[Editor’s note: This post was written and published by Heather Lanthorn and Suvojit Chattopadhyay. Heather is PhD Candidate in Global Health Policy (Harvard University) based in India, and Suvojit is a development professional with...Read More »

Evidence Based Policy + Citizen Participation: can they be combined?

[Editor’s note: This post was written by René Cardoso Baltazar (@rcardosob), strategic advisor to the International Foundation for the Development of Reliable Governments (FIDEGOC). It is a response to Andrea Ordóñez’s paper “Defining problems or...Read More »

Writing a Case Study II: Policy influence in Local Education in the Philippines

[Editor’s note: This post introduces a new material produced by Anne Lan K. Candelaria for Politics & Ideas. It is an illustration of the case study protocol proposed...Read More »

A researcher in search of a policy maker: reflections on the sustainability of a project aimed at linking policy and research in developing countries

The programme “Spaces for Engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions” (SFE) is a six-year joint initiative by Global Development Network’s GDNet’s program and the CIPPEC

[Editor’s note: This post stems from a rich conversation about how research can have an impact with Roger Harris while sharing our respective chapters for an upcoming book on Information Technologies and its...Read More »

Addressing political incentives for electoral debates: CIPPEC’s Agenda for the President 2011-2015

This post was jointly written with Agustina Sol Eskenazi, international relations student at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2010, in preparation for the 2011 presidential elections, CIPPEC, in collaboration with other organizations, began to work on the project “

According to the General Census of 2000 and the Population Count of 2005, a third of Mexico’s population has not completed primary education. By lacking basic literacy skills, these people are more prone to poverty and discrimination, and find themselves at the bottom of income percentiles. In light of this...Read More »

Methodological caution when presenting evidence

This post appeared originally at on think tanks, and it comments on a post by Michael Bassey of the LSE British Politics and Policy blog, who wrote about the

Finnish schools are among the best in the world, but did not know, and apparently did not want to know it. Ironically, Finns found out that they were actually doing great on education just in 2000 when they participated in PISA – a standardized...Read More »

A role for think tanks in polarized societies

Many developing countries are politically polarized. This is certainly the case in Latin America. Many of these countries are about to face electoral milestones (e.g. Paraguay 2013, El Salvador 2014, and Venezuela 2013 after former President Chavez’s death), where polarization is intensified and debates focused on programs and ideas usually are...Read More »

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