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Purpose: These ten considerations aim to help researchers who address important policy problems understand the complexities of influencing policy and how to become more effective in turning good evidence into policy action. Description: Ten key things that researchers need to think about when they want their research to influence policy are: (1) Know what you want to influence: What change do you hope your research findings will bring about? Is it in legislation or policy? Is it greater investment, different practice or changed perceptions? Or is it something else?...
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We live in an increasingly interconnected world where there are few simple policy solutions to complex, often “wicked” problems, and an increasing number of stakeholders with multiple, often divergent incentives are involved in decision-making. While there is often convincing research-based evidence about what works and what doesn’t work, there is no simple mechanism to translate […]
“For policy to bring positive change to people, it needs to be informed by the best available evidence and local knowledge. Producing robust evidence is just part of the policy change; we need to look at where that evidence is – or isn’t – being used by governments, and why. And while we have seen […]
Jeremy Heimans compares what he calls “new power” with “old power”. New power examples such as Airbnb, Kickstarter, LinkedIn and the Obama (USA) Presidency campaign, involve the deployment of mass participation and peer coordination, value transparency and networked governance and work like an electric current.
“The powercube is an innovative conceptual tool that can be used for understanding and analysing the way power works in processes of governance, in organizations, and in social relationships. It combines a multi-faceted approach to the various dimensions of power with a spatial mapping of the diverse spaces and levels in which these power relations […]
Project management, as a field of practice and aspiring discipline has enjoyed strong professional formation, driven by active associations of practitioners. In promoting project management as a discipline in its own right, these practitioners and their associations have worked to delimit it from other disciplines and define it through practice standards. As a result project […]
This 75 minute video describes the problems with relying on common sense to deal with complex problems, as well as how to improve responses by optimising prediction using scenarios, and improved measurement and reaction. It also shows how social scientists are capitalising on the power of the internet for improving understanding of prediction. Video (1 […]
This framework presents a structured way to review all the possibilities for understanding and acting on a complex problem. The questions are: “What do we know about the problem? What can different interest groups and academic disciplines contribute to addressing this problem? What areas are contentious? What are the big-picture issues? In other words, what […]
Scoping of complex social and environmental problems can be undertaken using the following seven phase framework.   Phase 1: Analyse the Context When did the problem attract attention? Who raised the problem? How was the decision to do something about the problem arrived at? What do those who raised the problem expect? What is their […]
Combines system dynamics group modelling and group explorer strategy making to “facilitate the design of multi-method strategy modelling workshops”. Consists of: Scripts: bits of workshop processes eg stakeholder mapping, issue mapping, agreeing on key performance variables Products: outcomes of scripts, some of which are deliverables Arrow paths between scripts and products Useful for setting agendas […]

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