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Purpose: To provide those helping communities "identify and adopt more sustainable practices" with a range of on-line resources that support "social learning and constructive action in multi-stakeholder settings." Description: The resources are organised under the following categories: Social learning, including systems thinking, building networks and knowledge management; Planning, monitoring and evaluation (PM and E); Collaboration/engagement, including stakeholder mapping and analysis and working across cultures; Supporting change; Research, including participatory action research and managing integration; Sustainable development.
“This toolkit describes a range of tools that CSOs [Civil Society Organisations] might use to understand and map political context, in order to engage more effectively in policy processes. This guide introduces a series of tools that have been designed to map various dimensions of political context. The tools have been selected because they cover […]
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. […]
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 […]
Recent technological advances provide comprehensive digital traces of social actions, interactions, and transactions and are described in this video. These data provide an unprecedented exploratorium to model the socio-technical motivations for creating, maintaining, dissolving, and reconstituting into teams. This presentation uses examples from research on scientific collaboration and massively multiplayer online games to argue that […]
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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 point […]
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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