Capacity development

Lesson #3: Continuously reformat your research findings- if you really want them to be used

Lesson #3: Continuously reformat your research findings- if you really want them to be used

Lesson #3: Traditional research formats and your own communications channels allow you to build and strengthen your reputation on the field but continuously reformat your research findings according to where you are and with whom- if you really want them…

Lesson #2: Build your research agenda with potential users of knowledge

Lesson #2: Build your research agenda with potential users of knowledge

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 As our programme Spaces for Engagement made progress towards our aim to support local production of…

What are your thoughts on Capacity Building?

What are your thoughts on Capacity Building?

Politics & Ideas welcomes  you to answer a short survey which aims to inform our future capacity building efforts and those of our partners. We would really appreciate your thoughts on this! Based on the ‘Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and…

Lesson #1: Use diverse strategies to enable local knowledge production

Lesson #1: Use diverse strategies to enable local knowledge production

  Spaces for engagement started with a deep conviction on the need to encourage local production of relevant knowledge on the link between research and policy. In fact, when the programme started most of the knowledge on the link between research…

When human resources are lacking: research capacity development in Tanzania

When human resources are lacking: research capacity development in Tanzania

Governmental funding can be either a planned policy or it can be an occasional, unprogrammed affair. The latter can have serious effects on capacity building for research, not just among think tanks but also in governmental institutions. Stephen Magesa, Bonard…

Ask a kindergarten teacher

Ask a kindergarten teacher

There are two recurrent questions that are frequently posed when devising capacity development initiatives and activities:  1) “How should topics/skills to be developed be selected?” and 2) “Which are the most relevant and promising topics/skills for CB (capacity building hereon)…

Online courses: a learning opportunity with a broader outreach

Online courses: a learning opportunity with a broader outreach

I have been working on the design and delivery of capacity building workshops targeted at southern researchers over the past three years. As much as I believe in the effectiveness of such trainings and their positive impact on the way…

Online training is THE thing!

Online training is THE thing!

This post was written by Ravi Murugesan, INASP  Associate,  as a response to Vanesa Weyrauch’s post titled “Is online training THE thing?” in this website. I work in the AuthorAID project at INASP, an international development charity in the UK that is dedicated…