Evidence and Policy

What are partisan think tanks?

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…

Building a new concept: Political Knowledge Regimes

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] Knowledge Regimes (KM), a concept developed by Campbell and Pedersen, is a main step forward in…

Three worthwhile questions on public philosophies

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…

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

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 theory and practice. Little research, however, is…

What is behind the idea of Evidence Based Policy?

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…

The communication of research -from our Topic Guide

The communication of research -from our Topic Guide

A lot is said about the communication of research. Over the last few years there have been significant changes in the ways that funders view communications and the role it plays within research centres and projects. DFID, for example, has…

Rethinking ideas – more than just policy solutions

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…

Consider influence before doing the research

Consider influence before doing the research

[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 impact. He shares an initial literature review…