Tag Archives: Policy making

Taking complexity seriously: helping officials to use evidence more skilfully in the Zimbabwean government
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Author: Ajoy Datta, Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute, worked on the VakaYiko programme, coordinated by INASP. Ajoy is an expert in improving policy influencing and decision making practices. The VakaYiko Consortium aimed to strengthen the use of research evidence in policy making in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The project ran between 2013–2017 and was funded by the UK Department for International Development under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme. This post is the second in a series of posts on new approaches for organizational change. Evidence can be used as a resource by government officials (both ministers and civil servants) in an environment which is usually characterized by debate, competition and persuasion, says Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling, in the Politics of Evidence Based Policymaking Lots of work has been done to improve policymakers’ use of evidence both in … Continue reading

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Evidence in African parliaments: reflections on our new paper
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Parliamentary information system

Author: Emily Hayter, Programme Manager, Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team, INASP Information is critical to holding governments to account. None of a parliament’s key functions of representation, oversight and scrutiny can happen meaningfully without quality information. Despite this, the systems that shape how parliaments gather, appraise and use evidence, and the parliamentary staff who are at the forefront of these activities are too often overlooked in parliamentary strengthening programmes. Parliamentary information support: new papers from ACEPA and INASP Our new series of papers with our partners at the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) focus on the internal information support structures that gather and deliver evidence to decision makers in African parliaments. In the main paper, which we presented last week at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ conference, we outline some of the main issues affecting internal processes and structures in parliaments on the continent—from external factors like … Continue reading

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Annual review highlights successes of INASP’s 5 year strategy
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INASP Annual review 2016-17

Julie Brittain, INASP Executive Director, looks back at the past year and shares some highlights from our latest annual review. The INASP team, in collaboration with our network of local partners, have been working very hard this past year to implement our new five-year strategy, launched last year. This set out priorities for our work, based on our own experiences and that of our partners, as well as key challenges and opportunities for continuing to pursue our vision of research and knowledge at the heart of development. “Harnessing global talent and knowledge is crucial to tackling global problems” – Click to tweet “Let’s work together to bring Southern knowledge to bear on local and global challenges.” – Click to tweet Our latest annual review (April 2016-March 2017) gives a taste of achievements we, along with our partners, have made within five focus areas set out in the strategy. Tackling the gender … Continue reading

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‘Reading organizations’: a new diagnostic tool to improve knowledge to policy systems
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Clara Richards, Senior Programme Manager, Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team, INASP introduces a series of posts on new approaches for organizational change Over the four years in which INASP and Politics & Ideas have been improving knowledge to policy systems, we have heard a great deal about the complex context within which public agencies operate. Recognizing the need for new approaches to address this complexity, we developed the ‘Context Matters’ framework. The framework summarizes key organizational factors influencing how government agencies use –  or don’t use – knowledge. This year, we are ready to apply it as a new diagnostic tool to improve the use of knowledge in policy within a government agency. We will use the tool to: diagnose the current state of knowledge production and use in a government agency identify areas that have potential to catalyse change co-produce a feasible change plan that reflects the agency’s realities and … Continue reading

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Decolonising development: power dynamics in the knowledge sector
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Emily Hayter discusses how to ensure research evidence is considered as part of policy making and the role this can play in decolonizing development. Continue reading

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Using evidence to mainstream gender in policy making
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Gender Centre for Research and Training running a workshop in training to policymakers on mainstreaming gender in development policies and practices. – Blog post by Amira Osman, Co-founder of the Gender Centre for Research and Training, Sudan Gendered evidence is important for policy making because it gives policy makers and development planners a clear picture on the gender needs of the population they are targeting. In recent years, this need has received greater attention. However, there are still numerous barriers and challenges to mainstreaming gender in programmes and policies. To discuss this, a breakout session was held at the VakaYiko symposium in Accra on 5 October 2016. Policy makers, researchers and civil society organisations from countries in Africa, Latin America and Europe joined the discussion. Also present, was a Regional Director from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in Ghana, who shared a practical perspective on challenges and … Continue reading

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