Giving more voice to Southern policymakers to co-build a new capacity development agenda

[Editor’s note: This post is the second of a series produced by Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt from Politics&Ideas to share what we learn through the development and conduction of an online course targeted to policymakers in Latin America on the use of research in policy.]
As we have previously shared, at P&I we are working on the development and conduction of an online course targeted to policymakers in Latin America on the use of research in policy.
This post is a call for policy makers to contribute with ideas on what they would like to address in a course focusing on supporting mid-level policymakers interested in promoting a vivid culture of using evidence in policymaking. We are very interested in better incorporating their perspective in what we are planning to do in the upcoming months.
So we invite you to fill these brief four questions from your experience as a policy maker, or help us sharing the survey with colleagues working on the public sector:
Please see here for the survey in English
Por favor visite este link para la encuesta en español.
At P&I we are convinced of the need to co-build with others knowledge  on the interaction between research and policy. Helping us with this survey is a very appreciated contribution towards these efforts.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I work in online training at INASP, and I develop courses and teach on INASP Moodle ( Most of the training I do is aimed at improving the research communication skills of researchers in developing countries ( Incidentally I recently gave a talk on making research relevant for policy makers ( So I’m really keen to learn more about the online course you have planned!

  2. Thomas Schwandt says:

    I am not a policy maker but a researcher who studies the use of scientific research in policy and practice. Organizers of the course may be interested in the following report from the National research council in the US, Using Science as Evidence in Public policy. It is available at Even though it is oriented to the situation in the US, much of what is discussed there is relevant beyond that context.

  3. Leandro Echt says:

    Thanks Ravi and Thomas for sharing ideas that will certainly help us develop the course. We will go through the resources you pointed. And we’ll keep you posted on the progress of the project through new posts.

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