Evidence and Policy

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

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…

The communication of research: insights from our Topic Guide

The communication of research: insights from our Topic Guide

The communication of research is a subject that concerns many in the policy research communities across the developing world. The subject is extensive and covers more than just the channels and tools that research centres and other similar organisations employ…

Governmental research funding frameworks in Latin America

Governmental research funding frameworks in Latin America

How is governmental funding of think tanks in Latin America structured, and how does this affect them? Martin Lardone and Marcos Roggero answer this question in their study El rol del Estado en el financiamiento de la investigación sobre políticas…

Evidence-based policy discourse: a policy about policy

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…

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

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 “Agenda for…

Throwing a rock at Evidence?

Throwing a rock at Evidence?

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 to research findings as ‘evidence’. The term is very close to the idea…

Communication innovations to inform public debate: PLAAS’ Fact Check series

Communication innovations to inform public debate: PLAAS’ Fact Check series

This post was written by Rebecca Pointer, Information and Communication Officer, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape. Land reform is one of the most hotly debated political topics in the South African media…

Clear rules for a publishing process

Clear rules for a publishing process

Editor’s note: This post was jointly written with Analistas Independientes de Guatemala’s team Analistas Independientes de Guatemala (Independent Analysts of Guatemala) emerged in 2011 as a group of professionals that came together on a virtual platform, to write and talk…

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

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. Chile…