If we desire that more policies are informed by evidence, we need to invest more efforts in strengthening policy makers and researchers’ skills to improve the production and use of evidence. While both the demand and the supply side of evidence are part of the same community that believe in the value of knowledge for public decisions, the skills that policy makers and researchers need to make the most of their roles are not always the same. Each group faces its own set of challenges to promote change in their own contexts and organisations.
P&I has extensive capacity building experience and a strong expertise in helping both researchers and policy makers improve their skills to produce and use evidence through a mix of approaches and activities that artfully combine theory and practice. Our capacity building activities also integrate best practices from around the world to inspire our participants and equip them with concrete approaches, tools and ideas to promote more informed policy making.
Within our capacity building efforts, we always strive to help individuals scale up what they learned to the organisational levels: through development of plans and strategies for their institutions, to mentoring and technical assistance for implementation. Thus, we are very well equipped to link capacity building to wider change efforts at the organisational level.