Research and Ideas

P&I and contributors are interested in identifying innovative research methods and tools that can help researchers and research organizations to improve the quality and relevance of their studies and increase possibilities of uptake by different audiences. Moreover, we want to place the study of ideas back into their political, social and economic context and reflect on how these emerge from evidence, consolidate themselves, are shared and adopted, or rejected, or even transformed as different stakeholders work on them.


Choosing to innovate on your research agenda

[Editor’s note: This post is the eighth of a series produced by Andrea Ordóñez and Leandro Echt  from Politics & Ideas to share what we learned through the online course Doing policy relevant research, ran for the first time in the first quarter of 2016.]

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Imagining a better 2014 (2) - by Raquel Zelaya and the team at ASIES

[Editor's note: This is the second of a series of posts called 'Imagining a better 2014' that will bring together reflections from a number of researchers and practitioners on the most important lessons and future challenges for promoting the use of research in policy.

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Defining problems or providing solutions? The role of ideas in policy debates

Today I am sharing a new working paper with you: “Defining problems or providing solutions? The role of ideas in policy debates.” Ideas are a key concept to link research and policy, and theory and practice. Little research, however, is available on what ideas are and how they evolve. To explore the concept of ideas in policy debates, I have chosen two laws that have recently been enacted in Ecuador. The first policy relates to the new law for universities that seeks, on the one hand, to align the universities’ activities with the National Development Plan, and on the other hand, to promote more and better research. The second refers to the law for popular economy that develops a new regulatory framework for small and medium scale financial institutions.

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