Resource Library

This resource library presents studies and resources developed by Politics & Ideas, its members and strategic partners The resources are organized in three main categories:

  • Resources for policy makers
  • Resources for think tanks
  • Resources for policy makers and think tanks


Resources for policy makers

Vanesa Weyrauch, Leandro Echt and Shahenda Suliman

Paper – 2016 – Politics & Ideas/INASP

This paper presents a conceptual framework to help policymakers, researchers, practitioners and  donors better define windows of opportunity in different contexts to focus efforts on promoting better interaction between knowledge and policy. The framework comprises six facets or ‘dimensions’ of context that any government institution aiming to improve the use of knowledge in public policy (as well as those working with these agencies) should consider carefully: (1) macro-context; (2) intra- and inter-relationships with state and non-state agents; (3) culture; (4) organizational capacity; (5) management and processes; and (6) core resources.

Starting from context: how to make strategic decisions to promote a better interaction between knowledge and policy

Vanesa Weyrauch, Leandro Echt and Shahenda Suliman

Paper – 2016 – Politics & Ideas/INASP

This paper is a practical knowledge product that stems from a conceptual framework developed by P&I and INASP to understand how the context at the level of government institutions affects the use of knowledge in policy.

Evidence-Informed Policy Making Toolkit


Toolkit – 2016 – INASP

The EIPM Toolkit is an adaptable suite of resources created to support civil servants and parliamentary staff to use evidence in policy making in developing countries. It focuses on finding, evaluating and communicating evidence as well as developing practical implementation plans.

Online course promotes the use of knowledge and evidence in policy

Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt

Case study – 2015 – Politics & Ideas/INASP

There has been an increasing interest and institutionalization of knowledge in public decision making over the last few years. However, the experiences of Politics & Ideas (P&I) and its members in Latin America with regards to political leaders show that many mid-level policymakers need support, new tools and new ideas to foster effective changes within their agencies to promote a better use of research. With a grant awarded by INASP as part of the VakaYiko project, P&I recently ran an online course to help address this gap for Latin American policymakers. Here the authors describe the need for this type of training and what they have learnt as a result of the course.

Case study on the use of knowledge in the public sector in Latin America: The design of the General Directorate of Social Policy Analysis and Evaluation of the Honduran Secretariat of Social Development

Héctor Díaz Romero and Leandro Echt

Case study – 2015  – Politics & Ideas

This case focuses on an experience developed by the Honduran Secretariat of Social Development, which decided to consolidate its operation through the creation of an internal technical agency specialized in social policy design and the monitoring and assessment of progress made in the sector.

Case study on the use of knowledge in the public sector in Latin America: The creation of a monitoring system for the Abre Plan in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina

Cecilia Nieto and Vanesa Weyrauch

Case study – 2015  – Politics & Ideas

This case is focused on an experience developed by the Social Cabinet of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, which decided to create a monitoring system for a comprehensive Plan (ABRE). Said system seeks to generate reliable information that allows, on the one hand, measuring results obtained (or not) and, on the other hand, making decisions as new policies make progress.

Resources for think tanks

The challenge of communicating with different actors: is segmentation a good investment for think tanks? A summary of experiences and current reflections

Vanesa Weyrauch with Susan Koshy, Umar Sheraz and Anaité Vargas

Paper – 2014 – Politics & Ideas

Think tanks are increasingly asking themselves how they can fine tune their communications so as to interact more effectively with the several stakeholders that are part of their field of action: from politicians and bureaucrats, to similar organisations and donors. Moreover, as they re-think about their policy influence efforts they begin to develop a more nuanced and sophisticated approach to the development of their communications strategies.

Bringing research to bear on public policy in Latin America. Rethinking the roles and challenges for policy research institutes

Vanesa Weyrauch (compiler)

Book – 2009 – CIPPEC

This book is a contribution to the reflection and debate in Latin America on the challenges that policy research institutes face in order to bring the knowledge they generate to public policy makers. It includes case study analysis from the region.

Series How to communicate research for policy influence

Vanesa Weyrauch, Leandro Echt and Dolores Arrieta

Toolkit – 2013 – CIPPEC

The series presents 5 toolkits addressing different aspects and tools on research communication for policy influence: the relationship with the media, the making of policy briefs, the online tools and data visualization.

Series How to design a policy influence plan

Vanesa Weyrauch and Leandro Echt

Toolkit – 2012 – CIPPEC

The series presents 10 toolkits addressing various components of a public policy influence plan: goals, allies, strategies and communication, among others.

A comparative study of Policy research institutes in developing countries

Miguel Braun, Mariana Chudnovsky, Nicolas Ducote and Vanesa Weyrauch

Paper – 2007 – CIPPEC

Through a comparative analysis of 18 case studies on PRIs that have demonstrated a certain degree of influence in policymaking, authors have attempted to detect which factors prove more important in the difficult, chaotic and long process of bridging the gap between research and policy. The goal was to first identify successful institutes and then to study their organizational performance in detail in order to illustrate their strengths and weaknesses in achieving impact on policy through the use of evidence and research. Finally, the study sought to understand why some institutes are better able to influence policy in a wide range of policy sectors and in diverse regions, consequently identifying the key factors that aid PRIs to do so.

Weaving global networks. Handbook for policy influence

Vanesa Weyrauch and Ines Selvood

Handbook – 2007 – CIPPEC

The handbook is aimed at global and regional networks, civil society organisations, policymakers and donors that support networks. By drawing on practical and academic sources CIPPEC have produced a book that endeavours to improve knowledge about how these networks of potential policy influences operate.

Series How can we monitor and evaluate policy influence?

Vanesa Weyrauch

Toolkit – 2012 – CIPPEC

This series presents 6 toolkits addressing different aspects related to the process of monitoring and evaluation of policy influence: the reasons why monitoring is important, the steps that must be followed, the cornerstones of any monitoring and evaluation strategy, how to measure results in the short, medium or long run, data collection methods and knowledge management to improve influence.

Learners, practitioners and teachers. Handbook on monitoring, evaluating and managing knowledge for policy influence

Vanesa Weyrauch, Julia D’Agostino and Clara Richards

Handbook – 2010 – CIPPEC

This handbook aims to support organizations and policy research institutes so that they can monitor and evaluate their interventions and to develop systematic strategies for knowledge management. It presents stories of experiences in these fields in Latin America, thoughts on the most common challenges and opportunities together with concrete working tools to develop a smart corporate strategy and strengthen the impact of its research in public policy. These contributions seek to pave the way for the impact of research on public policy in the region.

Resources for policy makers and think tanks

The Municipality of San Isidro: Policy Influence in Local Education Governance

Anne Lan K. Candelaria. and Sonia R. Lorenzo with Jess R. Lorenzo

Case study – 2014 – Politics & Ideas

This case study discusses the engagement between Ateneo Center for Educational Development (ACED) and the Local Government of San Isidro in the Philippines between the period 2004 to 2007. It serves as an illustration of the case study protocol by Anne Lan Candelaria published as part of the same series.

Lessons Learned on promoting better links between research and policy in Latin America

Vanesa Weyrauch

Paper – 2013 – Politics & Ideas

How often do we stop to reflect on how we are doing what we are doing? Not frequently in today´s hectic and fast-pace development world. Fortunately, after six years of working in the link between research and policy through a very diverse set of activities, under the Spaces for Engagement programme, the time has come to more systematically reflect on what we have learned so as to improve our future work, as well as empower others who are walking or aspire to walk in the same path.

Writing a case study for policy

Anne Lan K. Candelaria

Paper – 2013 – Politics & Ideas

This document provides a series of theoretical and practical ideas about case study writing for policy. It provides a general definition of what a case study is and then highlights five key recommendations for policy-related case studies: adding contextual information, focusing on process over outcome, minding language use, considering co-writing with a policy maker, and ending with questions rather than answers.

Political Knowledge Regimes. Developing a new concept from the study of three changes in public policy during the government of Tabaré Vazquez in Uruguay (2005-2009)

Adolfo Garcé

Paper – 2013 – Politics & Ideas

In the last few years, scholars have paid increasing attention to the study of contextual factors that shape the use of research in public policy in each country. The concept of Knowledge Regimes is one of the most significant recent contributions to this literature. This paper is a critique of this concept based on the study of three key policy change events during the Vázquez administration in Uruguay. Although this concept helps to characterize the supply of research, it does not take into account the characteristics of the demand from the political system. Based on this criticism, a new concept is developed.

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

Andrea Ordoñez

Paper – 2013 – Politics & Ideas

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, the paper builds on 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.