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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…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: useful websites and organizations

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: useful websites and organizations

Useful websites and organizations   On think tanks www.onthinktanks.org  The Evaluation Exchange (Harvard Family Research Project) http://www.hfrp.org/evaluation/the-evaluation-exchange My M&E http://www.mymande.org/ Impact of Social Sciences. Maximizing the impact of academic research (London School of Economics) http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/  Theory of change Community http://www.theoryofchange.org/ Center for Evaluation Innovation www.evaluationinnovation.org The…

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…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: The Communication of Research

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: The Communication of Research

The communication of research In this section: Knowledge translation Digital tools and their impact on policymaking, research and communications The media and policy influence Knowledge Translation & Brokering Influencing policy through research is not a simple case of producing knowledge…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Research within the Policy Process

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Research within the Policy Process

Research within the policy process In this section: The political economy of research uptake The role of narratives & ideas in policy arguments Evidence-informed/evidence-based policy and influence Research functions/roles in different policy contexts The political economy of research uptake As…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Research Agenda and Production

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Research Agenda and Production

Research agenda and production In this section: Key factors influencing think tanks and policy research organizations in setting their research agenda What role can (and do) private sector actors & philanthropic organizations have in funding policy-oriented research? Key factors influencing…

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Introduction

The Topic Guide on Politics and Ideas: Introduction

Introduction ‘Evidence-based policy’ has become something of a holy grail for policymakers intent on formulating pragmatic, effective policies which work on the basis of evidence rather than ideology. In the last decade it has increasingly been seen as both an…

Topic Guide on Politics & Ideas: Research and policy

Topic Guide on Politics & Ideas: Research and policy

This Topic Guide covers a number of topic and issues identified during a process of discussion and debate among the team members and others involved and is part of the Research Agenda for Politics & Ideas. It is presented in sections below and…

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….