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  1. Long Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for Think Tanks

    Event
    Course
    26th September, 2016 to 11th November, 2016
    Online
    Paid

    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.

  2. Short Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning about policy influence: how to get some certainty amidst all the complexity

    Event
    Course
    16th March, 2017 to 13th April, 2017
    Online
    Paid

    This is an online course offered by the On Think Tanks School, targeted to individuals and members of think tanks and other policy research organisations who are looking for viable and innovative ways to assess how their own research influences policymaking.

  3. Learning about Theories of Change for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Uptake

    Resource
    Discussion paper
    2013

    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.

  4. Understanding Influence: The Episode Studies Approach

    Resource
    Overview
    2009

    In this chapter from the book, The Politics of Trade, published by the International Development Research Centre, Fred Carden provides a broad overview of the Episode Study technique as well as surrounding issues in understanding the impact that research has on policy.