EventCourse26th September, 2016 to 11th November, 2016OnlinePaid
This course is intended for professionals in the field of policy research and who wish to assess and enhance their MEL capacities related to policy influence. This course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning has been developed by Politics & Ideas with the collaboration of Southern Hemisphere. It is now being offered through the On Think Tanks School as an opportunity for all those interested in learning how to effectively assess policy influence.
Short Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning about policy influence: how to get some certainty amidst all the complexityEventCourse16th March, 2017 to 13th April, 2017OnlinePaid
This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
The literature in this area highlights much of the complexity inherent in the policymaking process, as well as the challenges around finding meaningful ways to measure research uptake. As a tool, ‘theories of change’ offers much, but the paper argues that the very complexity and dynamism of the research-to-policy process means that any theory of change will be inadequate in this context. Therefore, rather than overcomplicating a static depiction of change at the start (to be evaluated at the end), incentives need to be in place to regularly collect evidence around the theory, test it periodically, and then reflect and reconsider its relevance and assumptions.