Facilitating meaningful processes

Choosing to innovate on your research agenda

Choosing to innovate on your research agenda

[Editor’s note: This post is the eighth of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter…

Context: why focus on public institutions and on politics?

Context: why focus on public institutions and on politics?

[Editor’s note: This post is part a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the project “Going beyond ‘Context matters”, supported by the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications…

Research knowledge is crucial to national and global development

Research knowledge is crucial to national and global development

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Julie Brittain, who has recently become the Executive Director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) after four years as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes. She shares why INASP’s…

Evidence-based policies: building what is really possible

Evidence-based policies: building what is really possible

[Editor’s note: This post was written by José Antonio Ramírez Flores, head of the Office of Planning and Budget of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI, its acronym in Spanish). It is part of a series intended to share results,…

Barriers to research use in the public health sector

Barriers to research use in the public health sector

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Rose N. Oronje, PhD, Senior Policy & Communications Specialist of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), at Research to Action.]   A recent needs assessment of the status of research use in the health sector…

Final postcard from the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

Final postcard from the Think Tank Initiative Exchange

[Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by Richard Darlington, Head of News at IPPR and co-founder of WonkComms, at Think Tank Review. Other Richard’s postcards from TTIX2015 are here and here. For other reflections on TTIX2015  published at P&I see here, here, here, here and here.]   Dear…

Researcher policymaker: A missing bridge?

Researcher policymaker: A missing bridge?

[Editor’s note: This post has previously been published at GDNet blog. GDNet has been a DFID-funded programme run by the Cairo team of the Global Development Network, which has recently been closed. Since 2001, GDNet aimed to help researchers from developing…

Defining a research agenda. Balancing internal and external influences

Defining a research agenda. Balancing internal and external influences

[Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared at INASP’s newsletter 2012. It is also available in Spanish at VIPPAL.] The definition of a research agenda is key for any organisation trying to be protagonist of the policy arena. However, setting a…

Evidence Based Policy + Citizen Participation: can they be combined?

Evidence Based Policy + Citizen Participation: can they be combined?

[Editor’s note: This post was written by René Cardoso Baltazar (@rcardosob), strategic advisor to the International Foundation for the Development of Reliable Governments (FIDEGOC). It is a response to Andrea Ordóñez’s paper “Defining problems or providing solutions? The role of…