Author Archives: Clara Richards

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About Clara Richards

Clara is the Director of INASP's VakaYiko programme, and leads INASP's work on Evidence-Informed Policy Making. Clara’s role is to design and implement capacity building interventions to support research use and advocates for EIPM and to build strong relationship with EIPM’s partners..

Evidence Reading: How do governments get great?
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Botswana Parliament Building

House of the Parliament of Botswana in Gaborone. The paper discussed in this evidence reading cited Botswana as an example of a government that led an impressive transformation resulting in its ranking of Sub-Saharan Africa’s least corrupt nation in the global Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 by Transparency International. —————————————————————————————————– – Blog post by Clara Richards, Director of the VakaYiko Consortium and Senior Programme Manager at INASP’s Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team I started reading more about how governments can improve their work and drive positive change because I wanted to know how we at INASP can work with governments to improve their policies by putting research and evidence at the heart of their development agenda. I discovered an endless and exciting literature. However, it is mainly driven by the same authors who are part of the ‘Building State Capability Programme’ , and although they have great insight, it would be good … Continue reading

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Supporting the use of research and knowledge in policy making
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INASP is known for strengthening the research and knowledge systems. For almost 25 years, we have been working with different part of this system so it can function as a whole: librarians, publishers, researchers, academics, IT services and their institutions in many countries. More recently, since 2009, we have been incorporating a further key component of the research and knowledge system: the policymakers and other users who need access to knowledge to make better decisions. This group is an important part of INASP’s new five-year strategy, as Clara Richards explains. Continue reading

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EIPM Readings #2: Leading change in the public sector
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The private sector has an enormous amount of literature written on change management, but this paper argues that, although there are some lessons to learn from them, the public sector’s context operates under different rules, which affect deeply how things work and how change can be achieved. I couldn’t agree more. Continue reading

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EIPM Readings #1: Scaling up evaluation as a source of learning and improving programming in Mexico
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As part of the EIPM readings, Clara Richards summarizes the case of Mexico, a country that has developed a Monitoring and Evaluation system that has slowly changed the culture of using information from different types of evaluations to improve policy and programme.

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Evidence-Informed Policy Making reading list
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In our work in the EIPM team at INASP we have realised that besides providing a technical approach to using evidence, it is also important to support policymakers to navigate change in the complex environments they work in. 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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