How to influence evidence use in parliaments: advice from five parliaments
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Evidence-Informed Policy Making Parliament Learning Exchange

Emerging learning points from the parliaments of Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana and Zimbabwe and how to keep the discussions going… Continue reading

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Helping women bridge the gap between research and publications
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Earlier this year, Senior Programme Manager, Ruth Bottomley joined The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World – in Khartoum. This video shows the launch of the OWSD Sudan National Chapter and the workshop on Bridging the Gap between Research and Publications. Continue reading

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Supporting trust in Southern journals: the story behind Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS)
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INASP and African Journals Online have launched the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS), a unique new framework for providing accreditation and support for journals in the Global South. The JPPS provides detailed and internationally accepted assessment criteria for the quality of publishing practices and policies of Southern journals.

In this interview, Susan Murray, Executive Director of African Journals Online (AJOL), and Sioux Cumming, Programme Manager, Journals Online, share the origins and potential of JPPS. Continue reading

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What is the biggest challenge in bringing Southern research to bear on global issues? INASP Trustees reflect
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Jo Beall, Executive Director, Education and Society, British Council and Chair INASP Board of Trustees, speaks at an INASP reception

The world is facing many global issues that need to be tackled collectively – from climate change and health to sustainable economies and migration. Knowledge and evidence can help us tackle these issues with informed solutions. But we need to unlock the knowledge from across the world in order to find the best ways forward. To celebrate INASP’s 25th Anniversary, we asked our Trustees to reflect on the biggest challenges in unlocking the potential of research and evidence generated in the global south to tackle worldwide issues. Continue reading

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How large-scale research writing courses are making a difference in the Global South
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The AuthorAID MOOCs in research writing are finalists for a prestigious award from the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers (ALPSP). The winner of this award will be announced this evening. As we wait to hear how we did, I share in this blog what I told the ALPSP annual conference yesterday. Continue reading

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Evidence reading: Innovation in organizational change
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Participants in INASP's Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team's VakaYiko project symposium 2016

Innovation in development has been the ‘buzz’ word of the last couple of years. We all talk about it but do we really know what conditions trigger innovative solutions to complex problems? As we begin our organizational diagnostic of knowledge use in Peruvian public administration, I have been revisiting material on organizational change, innovation and public reform. I came across a wonderful article – Creating Breakout Innovation by Joanna Levitt Cea & Jess Rimington from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. This article summarises five practices that make a difference for creating innovative outcomes: Sharing power, prioritise relationships, leverage heterogeneity, legitimise all ways of knowing, prototype early and often. While this list may sound familiar, how ready are we (individuals and organizations) to implement these practices? Sharing power When I think of sharing power I tend to imagine handing over decision-making or soliciting people’s opinions and views before making decisions. Consulting … Continue reading

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