Learning and evaluating

Cry for help: monitoring, evaluating and learning in the South, how can we do it better?

Cry for help: monitoring, evaluating and learning in the South, how can we do it better?

Catherine Fisher´s post on our Lessons learned paper as well as Antonio Capillo´s points regarding M&E of capacity building activities have made me reflect more deeply on how we can better grapple the way we “measure” what we achieve through…

The need for expertise: how Civil Society Organisations engage with the Regulatory State

The need for expertise: how Civil Society Organisations engage with the Regulatory State

This post is based on a commentary by Kathryn Hochstetler that assesses the ways in which members of civil society “often shadow and contest the central actors of the regulatory state, even though they are ostensibly well outside of it”….

On Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of Capacity Building activities – methodologies

On Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of Capacity Building activities – methodologies

[Editor’s note: This post was written by Antonio Capillo, M&E Officer at INASP]. I have already written on this post on Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America (Weyrauch 2013). In this second post,…

Researcher’s habits: unlocking the potential for impact?

Researcher’s habits: unlocking the potential for impact?

In a previous post, I discussed why I think that the objective of informing policy should be considered from the onset of a research project. Since then, I have been reflecting on how to go about changing the way researchers…

Should we start building a ‘networked communications’ culture?

Should we start building a ‘networked communications’ culture?

We are ready to re-frame the way we think and talk about how communications can contribute for research to inform public policies. We need to think more about ‘networked communications’, which means communicating with others, instead of crafting plans, strategies…

Nine challenges towards think tanks evaluation in Latin America

Nine challenges towards think tanks evaluation in Latin America

[Editor’s Note: This post was written by Natalia Aquilino, Director of the influence, Monitoring and Evaluation Programme at CIPPEC, with Leandro Echt’s collaboration.] Consensus regarding evaluation relevance as a transparency and accountability strategy is rising for Latin American think tanks….

Monitoring and evaluation -from our Topic Guide

Monitoring and evaluation -from our Topic Guide

The subject of monitoring and evaluation is central to any effort to attempt to improve the connections between policy and research (or politics and ideas). Funders, particularly those focused on funding research, are keen to know if and how the…