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.


Inclusive Knowledge Systems in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Three things to remember

[This blog post was produced by Clément Gévaudan as a generous and thoughtful contribution to ignite discussion around our paper “State Capability, Policymaking and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: do Knowledge Systems matter?” . Clément is a Program Specialist on Science and Innovation research and policy. His focus is on strengthening knowledge and innovation systems to create an enabling environment for pressing issues of the digital transformations agenda. He designed the 'Doing Research Assessment', a method to assess and benchmark national research systems in developing countries. In 2018, he was the co-director of the 18th Annual Global Development Conference on 'Science, Technology and Innovation for Development' in New Delhi, India]

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The Fourth Industrial revolution is here: are knowledge systems ready? A paper to ignite discussion and ideas

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is already here... challenges are as huge and varied as opportunities: are we ready for them? Can knowledge systems contribute to make the best of this wave of change, leaving no one behind?

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Knowledge Systems: are we ready?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is bringing both aspirations and concerns  in terms of governance, policy making, and the knowledge systems that inform policy decisions. We believe that by being aware and better understanding the implications of this revolution  in our field, we can contribute to nurturing knowledge eco-systems that promote the wellbeing of all, leaving no one behind.

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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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