Capacity development

Defining capacity building goals: a still challenging task

Defining capacity building goals: a still challenging task

Establishing objectives for capacity building initatives can become as challenging as defining how to measure their success. Let me throw out some out-of-the-box thinking first. Goals are very appealing because they are usually linked to desires, right? We are daily…

Online courses as a learning opportunity

Online courses as a learning opportunity

Under the “Spaces for engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions” programme from GDNet and CIPPEC I recently co-facilitated an online course on Research Communications. The course lasted six weeks, with an additional week for introductions. Personally, the experience was…

What makes a capacity building activity more attractive?

What makes a capacity building activity more attractive?

Even though opportunities to develop new capacities to better link research and policy are very scarce when we do find one, the decision to invest time and energy in this type of activities is not an easy one. Frequently, we…

Building capacity to understand how policy is really crafted: an example from Manila University

Building capacity to understand how policy is really crafted: an example from Manila University

Can you imagine the faces of your local policymakers if exposed to a Prezi presentation with images like the ones below representing the policymaking processes in which they usually take part? They would at least grin, if they are very politically…

Is online training THE thing?

Is online training THE thing?

For the past five years under the “Spaces for engagement: using knowledge to improve public decisions” programme from GDNet and CIPPEC we have carried out different capacity building (CB) activities using a wide range of mechanisms. We were fortunate enough…