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Purpose: To provide practical guidance on collaboration in research teams for: “Scientists participating in or leading a research team Researchers becoming involved in or building a research team Graduate courses and programs designed to focus on or integrate team science and interdisciplinary research into their learning and using it as a base text Faculty development […]
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A list of questions for scientific collaborators helps identify – before collaborating – core issues such as authorship, adding additional collaborators, and identification of who does what in the collaboration. The rationale is: “People often assume that since they share an interest in the same research area and have complementary skills and areas of expertise, […]
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This guide for researchers in socio-economic sciences and humanities provides help in creating policy briefs, project websites, flyers and brochures. It offers insights into dealing with the press and contains suggestions on how to organise a final project conference. The aim is to “build a functional communications interface between researchers and policymakers.” The key topics […]
This handbook presents communication tools grouped under the headings of planning, packaging, targeting and monitoring tools. Tools include problem tree analysis, visioning scenarios, blogging and outcome mapping. The tools are specifically geared towards the needs of researchers in civil society organisations. They are a product of the work of the Overseas Development Institute’s Research and […]
Purpose: To enhance the use of evidence in government policy making, by providing a systematic approach to understanding key dimensions of strategic decision-making in government institutions. Description: The framework provides six main dimensions of political context: macro-context: the overarching forces (structural and circumstantial) at the national level that establish the “bigger picture” in which policy […]
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Critical systems heuristics supports boundary critique, which aims to handle boundary judgments systematically and critically. It provides questions in four areas: “Basis of motivation – Where does a sense of purposefulness and value come from? Basis of power – Who is in control of what is going on and is needed for success? Basis of […]
Purpose: To create the right conditions for dialogue Description: Nine key dynamics in a dialogue are 1) building a safe space, 2) openness, 3) respect, 4) storytelling, 5) listening, 6) suspending automatic response, judgment, and certainty, 7) collaborative inquiry, 8) finding common ground and exploring differences and 9) balancing advocacy and inquiry.  Building a safe space: […]
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Three guides have been developed to share collective knowledge on how funders, researchers, and wider research partners can work together for better outcomes to address pressing societal challenges. A guidance note for research funders lays out seven key challenges and suggests ways forward from the pre-call stage to evaluation of completed research projects (see reference […]
“This toolkit describes a range of tools that CSOs [Civil Society Organisations] might use to understand and map political context, in order to engage more effectively in policy processes. This guide introduces a series of tools that have been designed to map various dimensions of political context. The tools have been selected because they cover […]
This report provides a brief overview of the most popular modelling techniques used to analyse complex real-world problems, as well as some less popular but highly relevant techniques. The modelling methods are divided into three categories, with each encompassing a number of methods, as follows: Qualitative Aggregate Models (Soft Systems Methodology, Concept Maps and Mind […]

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