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Zeynep Tufekci addressing the topic “online social change: easy to organize, hard to win” points out “a network of tweets can unleash a global awareness campaign, but the outcomes are not proportional to the size and energy they inspire”. She looks back to the 1960s US civil rights movement and argues for the power of […]
Developing close working relationships between policing and academic organisations requires increased understanding of what is important to each organisation and how to build an effective collaboration. Assistant Commissioner Paul Doyle from the Queensland Police Service in Australia reflects on the benefits and challenges of such partnerships and describes a change in recruiting policy as an […]
Embedding police officers in police research organisations has many benefits arising from mutual understanding and trust. Four police officers from the Queensland Police Service in Australia were sequentially seconded to CEPS (Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security) between 2008-2013. The fourth, Jason Saunders, reflects on the process and outcomes, with a […]
This system dynamics-based approach uses “pair-blending of influence diagrams and the development of dynamical models to support focused dialogue”. It involves six “co-evolving activities” summarised in the following guiding questions: What is the challenge? What is the story? Can I see how you think? What drives system behaviour? What are the leverage points? Can we […]
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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ICTAM is a step-wise method for bringing qualitative mental models into formal quantitative simulation models. The ICTAM acronym stands for the key methods used throughout the process: Interviews, Cognitive mapping, Time-sequence Unified Modelling Language (UML), All-encompassing framework, and numerical agent-based Models. The process starts by conducting semi-structured interviews with stakeholders. The purpose is to collect data […]

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