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Metaphors help people “understand the unfamiliar” and “make someone realise they’ve only been looking at one side of a thing.” Metaphors assist in closing “the gap in people’s ability to grasp something, or speed up what they’re already on track to see.” Designing metaphors involves generating multiple possible comparisons to find those that work well. […]
Views integration as having “communicative, social and cognitive” aspects, relating to language, roles and knowledge, respectively. A key element was establishing a “task force”, with representatives of the key subgroups, whose role is to “introduce core concepts and methods” from their subgroups and to “communicate agreements and results of the integration process back to the […]
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 […]
Demonstrates modelling scenarios and strategies for sustainable agriculture in an Austrian region. This involved gathering mental models of stakeholders, developing shared understanding of system dynamics, fostering exchange and learning, and developing and assessing strategies. An agent-based model was at the core, with many inputs developed using participatory methods. Three scenarios were assessed. Digital poster: Smetschka, […]
This case demonstrates the use of participatory research to bring together pastoralists, donors and researchers to build the capacity of the pastoralists to better withstand drought and similar shocks. The case is part of the Pastoral Risk Management (PARIMA) project of the Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program (GL-CRSP). The impact was evaluated. Reference: Coppock, […]
Five principles and key associated issues for researchers to impact policy and practice.   1. Design: Understand what everyone wants. This can help in managing expectations of different stakeholders and project members and identifying potential issues/problems early on. Understand the context of the project. Use local characteristics, traditions, norms and past experiences as a starting […]
The RAPID Outcome Mapping Approach (ROMA), “comprises a suite of tools that any organisation can use at any stage in their policy engagement process to improve how they diagnose the problem, understand the types of impact their work could have on policy-making, set realistic objectives for policy influence, develop a plan to achieve those objectives, […]
Purpose: To introduces a range of tools for being more influential in bringing about evidence-based policy and practice change. Description: The following tools are briefly introduced in the video: Context, evidence and links framework Alignment, interest and influence matrix Outcome mapping Force-field analysis SWOT (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis After action review Stories of change. […]
“The report includes strategic guidance and practical approaches regarding how CSOs [civil society organisations] can ensure their policy engagement is more effective, influential and sustained.” It is designed for use in developing countries to have a pro-poor impact. The following issues and topics are discussed in Policy Engagement: How Civil Society can be More Effective: […]
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 […]

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