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pdf.png SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 13: Preparing and using policy briefs to support evidence-informed policymaking 2009

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This article is part of a series written for people responsible for making decisions about health policies and programmes and for those who support these decision makers. Policy briefs are a relatively new approach to packaging research evidence for policymakers. The first step in a policy brief is to prioritise a policy issue. Once an issue is prioritised, the focus then turns to mobilising the full range of research evidence relevant to the various features of the issue. Drawing on available systematic reviews makes the process of mobilising evidence feasible in a way that would not otherwise be possible if individual relevant studies had to be identified and synthesised for every feature of the issue under consideration. In this article, we suggest questions that can be used to guide those preparing and using policy briefs to support evidence-informed policymaking. These are: 1. Does the policy brief address a high-priority issue and describe the relevant context of the issue being addressed? 2. Does the policy brief describe the problem, costs and consequences of options to address the problem, and the key implementation considerations? 3. Does the policy brief employ systematic and transparent methods to identify, select, and assess synthesised research evidence? 4. Does the policy brief take quality, local applicability, and equity considerations into account when discussing the synthesised research evidence? 5. Does the policy brief employ a graded-entry format? 6. Was the policy brief reviewed for both scientific quality and system relevance?



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pdf.png Starting from Context: how to make strategic decisions to promote a better interaction between knowledge and policy 2016

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This paper is a practical knowledge product that stems from a conceptual framework developed by P&I and INASP to understand how the context at the level of government institutions affects the use of knowledge in policy.



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pdf.png Learning and Capacity Needs Assessment 2010 HOT

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The Monitoring and Learning Facility (MLF) of the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) is focused on improving evidence based policy making (EBPM) in South Africa. One of its key strategies is to provide professional learning opportunities to strengthen the skills of researchers and policy makers.


In order to ensure that opportunities for professional development are appropriate, a needs assessment was commissioned in which the following outputs were stipulated:
 Analysis of training and development needs in relation to EBPM of researchers, particularly historically disadvantaged researchers
 Analysis of training and development needs in relation to EBPM of policy makers, particularly in relation to poverty and inequality and rural development
 Identification of suitable training and development interventions, and suggestions for changes to the emerging mix
 Development of a Learning and Capacity Development Framework, including a model for project-based/action learning and post-training support
 Proposals for exchanges to complement the current proposed capacity development activities, including suggested individuals, as well as possible hosts for exchanges

The needs assessment involved the contribution of key individuals as identified by the PSPPD/MLF team.



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pdf.png Assessing the need for a poverty information service 2011 HOT

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The Programme for Support to Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) is a partnership between the Presidency, Republic of South Africa, and the European Union. It aims to improve evidence-based policy making in South Africa. To date its focus has been on building capacity around the understanding of poverty and inequality. In the process a challenge has been identified as to where to find reliable and up to date information around poverty and inequality in South Africa. PSPPD has created some information resources on its website, but since the demise of the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) there has been no clear point of contact and source of information in South Africa around poverty and inequality. In Phase 2 of PSPPD programme consideration is being given to how PSPPD could support the establishment or resuscitation of such a service.



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pdf.png Use of academic social research by public officials: exploring preferences and constraints that impact on research use 2015

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While academics can do more to communicate the key messages of their research, the  organisational cultures and information infrastructure of policy-related work units also play a large part in influencing the extent of research uptake in government agencies. Data from a large Australian survey (N 2084) of policy-related officials in government agencies is examined to provide insights into how certain preferences, constraints and organisational factors influence the ways in which policy personnel seek out and use academic social research.



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pdf.png How to design a monitoring and evaluation framework for a policy research project 2016 HOT

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The framework presented in this guidance note is intended to be used in a flexible manner depending on the purpose and characteristics of the research project. Chapter 2 identifies three items to put in place to lay the foundations for your monitoring and evaluation framework: developing or reviewing your theory of change; identifying the purpose of your evaluation; and understanding your knowledge roles and functions. Chapter 3 guides you through the development of a framework and is structured around six areas: 1) strategy and direction; 2) management; 3) outputs; 4) uptake; and 5) outcomes and impact 6) context. Each area is considered with focus on three operational steps. Case studies are used throughout the guidance note to provide examples of how the framework has been used by research teams.



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pdf.png Policy Brief Check List

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Useful Check list for reviewing a policy brief.



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zip.png Communities of Knowledge or Tyrannies of Partnership: Reflections on North-South Research Networks and the Dual Imperative 2012

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Networks and north–south partnerships have become prerequisites for much forced migration research funding. The objectives vary but usually include levelling the scholarly playing field, improving research quality, building southern capacity and relaying southern perspectives to northern policymakers. Reflecting on a decade’s work in Southern Africa, this article suggests such initiatives often fall short of their objectives due to both mundane reasons and fundamentally unequal resource endowments and incentive structures. Moreover, by pushing southern researchers towards policy-oriented research, filtering the voices heard on the global stage, and retaining ultimate authority over funding and research priorities, these networks risk entrenching the north–south dichotomies and imbalances they purport to address. While inequalities are rooted in an intransigent global political economy of knowledge production, the article nonetheless concludes with a series of practical steps for improving southern-generated research and future collaborations.



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pdf.png Museums in the palaces of the Cameroon Grassfields: Concerns about accessibility and sustainability 2016

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This policy brief argues for the construction of museums outside palaces in order to give visitors and the community an opportunity to fully explore museum collections and to facilitate sustainability of the museum for present and future generations. When museums are constructed in community centres, members of the community feel they have a stake in these heritage sites, not only as beneficiaries but also as initiators of the intervention. In this way they are empowered by ownership of their heritage.



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zip.png How can academics and the third sector work together to influence policy and practice? 2016

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This report seeks to explore what scope exists for academics and the third sector to work together to influence policy and practice, and how this might be done. It touches on the respective roles of academics and third sector organisations and asks whether these are likely to be complementary. It explores what barriers or obstacles may impede cooperation, and what methods of InterAction exist and have proved successful or unsuccessful in
influencing policy and practice. It concludes with recommendations for universities, for third sector organisations and for other significant actors in this process including the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Research Councils UK and governments.



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