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Research Communication and Policy Process

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GDNet-AERC Policy Brief Training Workshop
June 6-8, 2014
Accra, Ghana

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Research Communication and Policy Process

  1. 1. Research communication and the policy environment Andrew Clappison
  2. 2. Why is research communication important?
  3. 3. Research communication explained
  4. 4. Managing the enabling environment: Knowledge, policy and power 1. Systematic mapping of the political context is necessary to improve the success of knowledge-policy interactions. 2. Understanding the role and behaviour of actors is important (i.e. interplay of actor interests, values and credibility and the power relations that underpin these.) 3. Research needs to be complemented by other forms of knowledge, based on local conditions and practical experience. 4. ‘Knowledge intermediary’s’ needs to think through a range of possible approaches to ensure their role is effective (i.e. theory of action) *Knowledge Policy and Power in International Development by Harry Jones, Nicola Jones, Louise Shaxson and David Walker
  5. 5. Monitoring and Evaluation Agenda Setting Decision Making Policy Implementation Policy Formulation Understanding policy processes... Civil Society Donors Cabinet Parliament Ministries Private Sector Thanks ODI for this slide
  6. 6. HOW TO NEGOTIATE COMPLEXITY What researchers need to know What researchers need to do How to do it POLITICAL CONTEXT EVIDENCE/KNOWLEDGE LINKS (POLICY ACTORS & INTERMEDIARIES) • Who are the policymakers? • Is there demand for ideas? • What is the policy process? • What is the current theory? • What are the narratives? • How divergent is it? • Who are the stakeholders? • What networks exist? • Who are the connectors, mavens and salesmen? • Get to know the policymakers. • Identify friends and foes. • Prepare for policy opportunities. • Build linkages to negotiate complex systems (see below) • Work with decision-makers to build interest and demand • Strategic opportunism – be prepared for opportunities • Establish credibility • Provide practical solutions • Establish legitimacy. • Present clear options • Build on familiar narratives & existing knowledge. • Build a reputation • Action-research • Pilot projects to generate legitimacy • Good communication • Get to know the key actors • Work through existing networks. • Build coalitions. • Build new policy networks. • Build partnerships. • Identify key networkers, mavens and salesmen. • Use informal contacts