Evidence and Policy

Politics & Ideas: An open research agenda

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…

Global research organisations, foreign funding and absent states: the health research agenda in Peru

Global research organisations, foreign funding and absent states: the health research agenda in Peru

In the academic world, little attention has been paid to how the priorities and agendas of global research organisations, along with their funding mechanisms, affect research projects in developing countries where there is a lack of state interest in research….

Health research and the media – challenges in communication

Health research and the media – challenges in communication

Research centres such as think tanks might produce noteworthy findings on advancements in the health sector. Yet, what factors impede journalists to accurately report health research and support debate on health? A report by Robert Vincent, Senior HIV and AIDS…

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

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…

Say no to developing new communication channels that are not linked to your core business

[Editor’s note: This Idea was shared by Laura Zommer, CIPPEC’s former Head of Communications and current Director of Chequeado.com] I was Director of communication at CIPPEC, a leading think tank in Latin America, for almost eight years. When I joined…

Demand, supply and intermediaries: unhelpful labels

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…

Online course on Research communications

Online course on Research communications

Are you interested in better communicating your research to inform policymaking? Have you ever wondered whether there are any specific methodologies and approaches that could help you prioritize and focus your communication activities so that you increase possibilities of your…

A role for think tanks in polarized societies

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…

Reading recommendations: research and policy overview

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….