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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 HOT

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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 HOT

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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 HOT

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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 HOT

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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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pdf.png 10 things to know about how to influence policy with research 2017

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Here are 10 things you need to know if you want to use research to influence policy.



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pdf.png Research Uptake. A guide for DFID funded Research Programmes 2016

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This guidance aims to support DFID-funded research programmes as they develop and implement their research uptake strategy. Research programmes which are part-funded by DFID should consult with their DFID programme manager to determine which part(s) apply to them.



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pdf.png Rapid evidence assessments of research to inform social policy: Taking stock and moving forward 2013

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There is a tension between conducting comprehensive systematic reviews and completing them in time to meet policy-making deadlines. The ‘rapid evidence assessment’ has been proposed as a solution to this; offering rigorous reviews in a condensed timescale. While used frequently in healthcare, this mode of reviewing presents considerable challenges in social policy. We describe some potential problems and suggest reviewing strategies that can overcome some of them. There are situations, however, in which it may not be feasible to embark on a rapid review, and caution should be exercised when selecting this method.



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zip.png VakaYiko Evidence-Informed Policy Making Toolkit 2016

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The EIPM Toolkit is a new resource in the field of evidence-informed policy making. It is an adaptable suite of resources created to support civil servants and parliamentary staff to use evidence in policy making in developing countries. It focuses on finding, evaluating and communicating evidence as well as developing practical implementation plans.



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pdf.png Developing South Africa’s national evaluation policy and system: First lessons learned 2014

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This article documents the development of South Africa’s national evaluation system (NES) from  late 2011 to mid 2014, a period which involved establishing many basic systems and in which 39 evaluations were started and 11 completed. The article discusses how the system developed, the approach used, some of the key systems, initial outcomes in terms of improved programmes and reflects on the lessons at this stage. It builds on a framework for institutionalising evaluation systems by Goldman and Mathe (2014). It provides an indication of emerging results, but does not  attempt a systematic assessment, which will follow an evaluation of the evaluation system being carried out in 2015 and 2016.



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