Capacity development

Capacity building -from our Topic Guide

Capacity building -from our Topic Guide

[Editor’s note: This post is the last one of a series that introduced our Topic Guide. Please feel free to check the insight our Topic Guide offers on how research agendas are produced, on the politics of how research is…

Challenges in Practice – Thoughts on ‘Lessons Learned’ (Part 2)

Challenges in Practice – Thoughts on ‘Lessons Learned’ (Part 2)

[Editor’s note: This is the second post by Alex Ademokun reflecting on the recent Politics & Ideas paper ‘Lessons learned promoting links between researchers and policy makers’. Alex manages the Evidence-Informed Policy Making programme at INASP.] My first post talked…

Lesson #5: Criteria for selecting participants: link them with the scope, nature, goals and guiding principles of your capacity building endeavor

Lesson #5: Criteria for selecting participants: link them with the scope, nature, goals and guiding principles of your capacity building endeavor

This reflection is part of the 20 lessons included in the paper Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America The next set of lessons to be shared here will be focused in what some consider…

Challenges in Practice – Thoughts on ‘Lessons Learned’ (Part 1)

Challenges in Practice – Thoughts on ‘Lessons Learned’ (Part 1)

[Editor’s Note: This post is the first of two by Alex Ademokun, who manages the Evidence-Informed Policy Making programme at INASP.] INASP has recently started a programme of work in partnership with four other organisations to build capacity for research…

Personal change: the underlying goal of capacity building

Personal change: the underlying goal of capacity building

[Editor’s Note: Hans Gutbrod is a consultant and think tank researcher with a special interest in capacity building. Hans has worked with research organizations in a broad variety of contexts, is currently working with the anticorruption commission of East Timor,…

The appeal and seduction of empathy and sympathy in capacity building

The appeal and seduction of empathy and sympathy in capacity building

[Editor’s note: Goran Buildoski is Director of the Think Tank Fund at the Open Society Foundations]. Capacity building of think tanks is about advancing  knowledge, gaining skills, and acquiring competencies. As such, it sounds very technical and mechanical. However, in…

Lesson #4: think about, agree and discuss widely to establish capacity building objectives

Lesson #4: think about, agree and discuss widely to establish capacity building objectives

This reflection is part of the 20 lessons included in the paper Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America Throughout the six years of work within our programme Spaces for Engagement, we used to define very specific…

Results from our survey on Capacity Building

Results from our survey on Capacity Building

Together with Vanesa Weyrauch, we recently carried out a survey aimed at informing Politics & Ideas and its partners in the process of formulating a new long-term capacity development strategy. This strategy should enable us to focus our contribution to…