Monthly Archives: September 2015

Weekly highlights – 30 September 2015
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Quote “Library consortia representatives from 31 countries will meet at the International Coalition of Library Consortia meeting in Oslo next week. I am delighted that colleagues from the Zimbabwe University Libraries Consortium and Sri Lanka National Digital Library Consortium will be joining Anne Powell and me, presenting on their experiences as well as having the opportunity to learn from others.” Emma Farrow, Consortium Development Coordinator, INASP Updates Videos of the presentations from the 2015 Publishers for Development conference are now available. A new blog post by Executive Director Sue Corbett shares some insights from a recent INASP survey. The importance of information access for policymakers is the theme of a new post by Mai Skovgaard. Upcoming events INASP Associate Ravi Murugesan will be attending the 2015 World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) conference in Delhi, India from the 1st to 4th October. He will present a poster on the collaboration … Continue reading

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Insights into the state of research systems in developing countries – Part One
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In May 2015, as part of INASP’s strategy development process, we engaged an independent consultant, Teresa Hanley, to conduct a phone/Skype survey of 39 stakeholders from 26 countries who represent different parts of the research and development system. Survey respondents included researchers, research and programme managers, senior university personnel, librarians, journal editors, capacity builders and donors. They work in universities, government departments, NGOs, think tanks, foundations and other parts of civil society. Some knew INASP well and others less so, but we considered them to be thought leaders in the sector. Respondents were generous with their time and views and we gained many useful pointers for our future strategy at INASP. But some more general key messages emerged about what is happening across the global south in the production, communication and use of research in the global south which we are keen to share widely in this two-part blog. First, … Continue reading

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How to access research evidence as a policymaker
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INASP’s Programme Officer for Information Access, Mai Skovgaard, considers how national collaboration and consortia support access to research, which in turn supports policymakers to use evidence in making decisions. Use of research evidence in decision making for policymakers is critical for supporting knowledge-based debate and decision making during the policy-making process. As the lead organization in the VakaYiko Consortium, the EIPM team at INASP has been working with partners in Ghana and Zimbabwe to develop and deliver a practical evidence-informed policy making course. Participants in the course pilots have been civil servants in research and policy analysis teams whose role is to provide policymakers with the information to guide their decision making. One of the aims of the course is to highlight research as an important part of the evidence spectrum, while also recognizing that there are other forms of evidence that inform policy making such as data, citizen knowledge … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 24 September 2015
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Quote “Once access to e-resources is secured, it is important that these resources are being used. It is therefore great to see lively discussion among the librarians on our e-resources community of practice this week sharing ideas and experiences with each other on the topic of discoverability.” Mai Skovgaard, Programme Officer, Information Access Updates More than 100 developing-country researchers had signed up to a new AuthorAID online research writing course within two days of its announcement.  VakaYiko partner GINKS has released a series of video interviews from the recent VakaYiko consortium meeting held in Ghana: Ed Barney, Research Uptake Manager, DfID Ibrahim Inusah, Director, GINKS Mina Owuru, CDDG & Afrobarometer Anthony  Tsekpo, Consultant Godfred Frempong, CSIR Ghana Gilchriste Ndongwe, Programme Manager, ZeipNET Upcoming events From 29th September to 2nd October AuthorAID director Julie Walker will be in Madrid for a Latindex technical meeting. From 5th to 7th October, Emma Farrow … Continue reading

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VakaYiko – two years and already making an impact
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Everyone is keen to know about the progress on the VakaYiko project, which aims to build the capacities of policymakers to use evidence from academic research and civil society in their work. This is a challenging endeavour and what we have achieved in the last two years are baby steps. However, they are solid steps and a strong base for building a culture that promotes the use of evidence. We can already see some results of our work and the ‘system’ starting to strengthen and move forward. Leaders of change in Zimbabwe One part of our strategy is to strengthen local organizations that can promote and encourage the use of evidence locally, which is starting to flourish. In Zimbabwe, VakaYiko consortium member ZeipNET has successfully engaged with two ministries and Parliament and has built up a relationship of trust. ZeipNET is also getting demand from other sectors of Government to … Continue reading

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Weekly highlights – 17 September 2015
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Quote “There has been a significant improvement in accessing and using research evidence in the department as a result of the exposure to a broad range of reference sources and the skills to sift through these to obtain high-quality research.” Participant on recent VakaYiko evidence-informed policy making course in Zimbabwe Updates Our September Photo of the Month was taken in July when members of the VakaYiko consortium from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana and the UK met in Accra, Ghana for the second annual consortium meeting. A VakaYiko-funded course in Ethiopia this week is training health policy makers in using evidence in policy. Upcoming events From 29th September to 2nd October AuthorAID director Julie Walker will be in Madrid for a Latindex technical meeting. From 5th to 7th October, Emma Farrow and Anne Powell will be in Oslo for ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia). Sioux Cumming, Andy Nobes and Julie … Continue reading

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