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Purpose: To work through three key aspects of planning for change―creatively developing new ideas, planning the practicalities of their implementation and assessing risks―to ensure that all three are effectively considered. Description: This process is also referred to as Walt Disney Circle, Disney Creative Strategy, and Disney Brainstorming Method. Planning change involves four phases.
Purpose: To highlight the difference between adoption and use in how research findings contribute to change Description: To understand how research findings lead to change, it is useful to look separately at two steps: Adoption, which is “the willingness and ability to take research results and convert them into something that’s usable more broadly.” This […]
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Purpose: To provide insights into how and why people adopt new ideas, practices, tools or other innovations. Description: Everett Rogers’ theory of the diffusion of innovations among individuals and organisations, first published in 1962 (5th edition published 2003), is relevant in a wide range of areas, from farming to education, and medical practice to popular […]
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Purpose: To understand how to make social movements fueled by social media more effective. Description: Zeynep Tufekci explores how social media both empowers and weakens social movements and how the weakening can be overcome. She uses a number of modern cases to demonstrate the strengths of social movements, especially: raising awareness which is essential to […]
Purpose: To help a research or policy-making group come to terms with the feedback dynamics of the system which characterises the problem they are interested in. The intent is to learn just enough about the way that feedback operates in the system-of-interest, that they can identify and explain its main effects. The aim is to […]
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 […]
This video describes how a complexity science based toolbox, especially different types of modelling, is used in complex multiple use environments, such as the coastal zones of Australia, to examine different scenarios for sustainable fishing options. The video starts by describing elements of complexity such as operating at scales from minute organisms up to areas […]
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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Purpose: To stimulate thinking about the political and institutional environment, especially: How it affects the persistence of a particular problem Where reform is most likely to come from Implications for the use of research-based evidence. Description: This thinking tool has 5 questions. 1. Which branch of government holds the key to change?   This involves […]
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