Evidence and Policy

Call for essays and blog posts

Call for essays and blog posts

We want to contribute to a better understanding of a number of issues related to the interaction between ideas and politics in developing countries. We are seeking for arguments, reflections and insights that, based on existing knowledge, support us in…

The possibilities of research uptake in public policy: the case of education for young people and adults in Mexico

The possibilities of research uptake in public policy: the case of education for young people and adults in Mexico

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…

When Academics and Policymakers mix – Reflections from the Philippines

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. I have been teaching public policy to graduate students of Political Science…

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

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…

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

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. The Economic and Social Research Consortium (known as CIES for its Spanish acronym) is a Peruvian think tank with 48 institutional members,…

An “evidence and communications stalemate” regarding GMOs in Zambia

An “evidence and communications stalemate” regarding GMOs in Zambia

An important question for researchers to ask themselves is what factors affect how evidence is used in policy debates – in other words, the politics of evidence-based policymaking. This is precisely what ODI and the Mwananchi program decided to look…

Methodological caution when presenting evidence

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 UK Cabinet Office’s announcement on the implementation of a new initiative that would build on existing evidence-based…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Introduction

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…

A new Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas

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…

Young voices, big impact, promising future

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…