Evolving capacities

Defining capacity building goals: a still challenging task

Defining capacity building goals: a still challenging task

Establishing objectives for capacity building initatives can become as challenging as defining how to measure their success. Let me throw out some out-of-the-box thinking first. Goals are very appealing because they are usually linked to desires, right? We are daily…

Online courses as a learning opportunity

Online courses as a learning opportunity

Under the “Spaces for engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions” programme from GDNet and CIPPEC I recently co-facilitated an online course on Research Communications. The course lasted six weeks, with an additional week for introductions. Personally, the experience was…

What makes a capacity building activity more attractive?

What makes a capacity building activity more attractive?

Even though opportunities to develop new capacities to better link research and policy are very scarce when we do find one, the decision to invest time and energy in this type of activities is not an easy one. Frequently, we…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Capacity building

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Capacity building

Capacity building In this section: Approaches to developing research capacity & evidence literacy/use of evidence in policymaking Developing policy influence capacity Approaches to developing research capacity & evidence literacy/use of evidence in policymaking The literature in the area of capacity…

Building capacity to understand how policy is really crafted: an example from Manila University

Building capacity to understand how policy is really crafted: an example from Manila University

Can you imagine the faces of your local policymakers if exposed to a Prezi presentation with images like the ones below representing the policymaking processes in which they usually take part? They would at least grin, if they are very politically…

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…

Is online training THE thing?

Is online training THE thing?

For the past five years under the “Spaces for engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions” programme from GDNet and CIPPEC we have carried out different capacity building (CB) activities using a wide range of mechanisms. We were fortunate enough…

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…