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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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