Policy impact tools for researchers

This handbook describes research tools, context assessment tools, communication tools, and policy influence tools. They include episode studies, force field analysis, the marketing mix and getting to yes. These tools for policy impact are specifically geared towards the needs of researchers and were produced by the Overseas Development Institute as part of its Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme. The full set of tools is:


Research Tools Context Assessment Tool Communication Tools Policy Influence Tools
Episode Studies (to investigate the influence of research on policy) Context, Evidence, Links Framework for Analysis Mapping the Product Life Cycle 4 x Policy Entrepreneurs
 Focus Group Discussion The Planning Cycle: What, Who, How? The Marketing Approach Boston Box
  Force Field Analysis Organisational Readiness Assessment Policy Papers
  Problem Tree Analysis Market Segmentation and the Battlemap Networking
  Stakeholder Analysis The Marketing Mix A Lobbyist’s Hierarchies of Need
  Influence Mapping The Promotions Mix Getting to Yes
  SWOT Analysis Positioning and Position Mapping The 4 Ps of Being Influential
  Triangle Analysis The Copy Platform Engaging Public Participation
    Pre-testing Your Message Campaigning Alliances: Pros and Cons
    Camera Ready: Using the Media  


Reference: Start, D. and Hovland, I. (2004). Tools for Policy Impact: A Handbook for Researchers. Overseas Development Institute, London, UK. Full text online at: https://www.odi.org/publications/156-tools-policy-impact-handbook-researchers.

Posted: December 2011
Last modified: October 2014