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A comment on DFID’s evidence survey

I finally got around to reading the recent DFID evidence survey which I commend them for carrying out and for sharing so publicly.  I read the review in two ways – the first, to get a sense of how a major development funder uses evidence.  The second, to see how a well-resourced civil service department that values evidence (as demonstrated by the existence of the evidence to action team and the survey itself) deals with the challenges of research uptake. I am particularly interested in the second point because the VakaYiko consortium I manage works to strengthen evidence use in departments in more resource challenged environments and with other pressures that make research use difficult.  I should also point out that VakaYiko is funded under DFID’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme. This is not a review of the report which was mainly for an internal audience but … Continue reading

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What caught our eye this week

A little bit later than usual (but not for lack of interesting information to share), we’ve pulled together some interesting links this week ranging from an article on Senegal’s Parity Law to questioning the need for new journals. Souleymane Faye’s article Senegal: Breakthrough for women in Lower House looks at the Parity Law following a record number of women sworn in as legislators on Monday. The law requires all 24 parties and coalitions to put forward equal numbers of men and women on their candidate lists for their National Assembly. Online Research Tools is a comprehensive white paper URL Dataset Link Compilation. Compiled by  Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A., this is an “alphabetically listed URL Datasets of thousands of online research tools”. As DFID’s new open access policy is rolled out, the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell explains that researchers will be funded only if open access is guaranteed. See Research: Open access to boost … Continue reading

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What caught our eye last week

There are a fair number of links making their way into our inboxes on a daily basis and we pass them on as often as possible, but listing and linking to them all would create a monster of a post. Still, we do love to share — so, we’ve put together a small selection of some of the more interesting links we came across last week. Enjoy! David Wojick (The Scholarly Kitchen) posted ‘Please use whole names on scholarly articles’ which looks at how referencing academic articles using the surname(s) and initials (or partial names) can lead to some confusion, particularly in China. SciDev.Net’s Syful Islam looked at the budget cuts to research science and research alongside the hike in atomic energy allocation in Bangladesh. Sir John Daniel and David Killion’s article in the Guardian ‘Are open educational resources  the key to global economic growth’ examines how using Open Educational … Continue reading

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