Our webinar series is convening a very rich groups of speakers, most of them policymakers, to reflect on the different dimensions of context. As presented in our conceptual framework we discovered six main dimensions that account for how a public institution can produce and use knowledge in policy (or not): macro-context, inter and intra relationships, organizational capacity, culture, management and procesess and core resources.
At this link, you can watch the recorded version of webinar#1, where we focused on Macro-context. It is a key dimensions to begin with, since it sets the large (and complex) picture for all efforts to promote the production and use of research in policy. What is important among the large forces that build a very challenging scenario? What should we not miss?
In the first part of the webinar, I presented the main sub-dimensions of macro-context, ranging from the usual acknowledged factors recognized in literature (extent of political, academic and media freedom, for example) to circumstantial factors such as popular pressure for change and crisis and transitions.
In the second part, Jon Harle, director of INASP’s Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems programme, shared a set of strategic reflections on one sub-dimension where we find more scope for contirbution: knowledge regimes. He pointed out with lessons learned and concrete examples how availability of data, funding, the labour market and critical thinking set different stages to allow a better interaction between knowledge and policy.
Macro-context is a complex but crucial lens to scan opportunities and threats and make more informed and strategic decisions on what could be changed or not. Learn more about this here.
All webinars in the Going beyond ‘context matters’ series are recorded and made freely available online. Watch them now.