In 2013, P&I, jointly with CIPPEC and GDNet, published the paper Lessons learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America. The paper presents 20 lessons that emerged from six years of work under the programme Spaces for Engagement. Through reflections among the team and with colleagues and participants we are now able to better know and share what has worked better, what can be enhanced in the future, and what type of activities yield what type of results and outcomes in our field.
In fact, the most valuable lessons presented in the study would not have been possible to learn without dialogue and interaction with others. This paper is a product of continuous collective thinking: it is not what we have learned just by ourselves but what we have reflected upon, digested, discussed and discovered by talking with other colleagues and experts, asking for their feedback, encouraging them to question and challenge us, asking about what could be different or improved in the future.
The production of the paper was guided by 3 main goals:
- To better reflect on what has worked and what has not in terms of the key activities of the SFE programme: research production, capacity development and networking and partnerships.
- To produce valuable evidence that can guide strategic design of future work by the diverse partners of the programme
- To share this knowledge with organisations/persons working in this field.