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  1. Episode Studies

    Evaluation Option

    Episode studies are an excellent way of investigating the influence of research on policy. Episode studies refer to a case study that focuses on a clear policy change and tracks back to assess what impact research had among the variety of issues that led to the policy change. They could be focusing on a single episode or comparative episodes. It differs from other case study approaches, which usually take an initiative as the starting point and look forward. 

  2. Evaluating Policy Influence and Advocacy

    Development Theme

    Influencing and informing policy is the main aim for many development organisations. However, activities directed at policy change are, in general, very hard to monitor and evaluate. As policy change is often a complex process, it is difficult to isolate the impact of a particular intervention from the influence of other factors and various actors. In addition, monitoring and evaluation tools usually used in managing interventions can be difficult to implement in these contexts.

  3. 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.

  4. Advocacy and Policy Influencing

    Event
    Course
    23rd November, 2014 to 27th November, 2014
    United Kingdom
    Paid

    This course gives participants a thorough understanding of how to influence the policy making process in their own context to achieve policy change. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver effective advocacy strategies; enhance your ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences. You will also have a more thorough understanding of power dynamics in an advocacy context.

  5. Advocacy and Policy Influencing Blended Learning (Feb- March 2015)

    Event
    Webinar
    1st February, 2015 to 23rd March, 2015
    Online
    Paid

    This programme is delivered remotely via webinar and Skype and has three parts.  2-5 February 2015 (part one); week of 2 March 2015 (part two); and 24 March 2015 (part three)  Is developing and implementing an advocacy strategy critical to success in your project or programme? Do your staff and partners need support to achieve your advocacy objectives? In this capacity building programme, you will have the opportunity to develop and troubleshoot the implementation of an advocacy strategy as well as build your knowledge and confidence. This programme will give you the knowledge and skills to influence policy and practice in your own context. You will learn skills to help you plan and deliver an effective advocacy strategy; enhance your ability to lobby decision makers; and gain confidence in the ways in which you relate to different audiences. You will also have the skills to analyse power dynamics and choose your advocacy activities so they have maximum impact.

  6. 7 ways to make your advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work more visible using monitoring and evaluation

    Event
    Webinar
    11th March, 2015
    Online
    Free

    Gavin Stedman-Bryce has a special interest in evaluating advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work. In this free 30 minute coffee break webinar, he will share with you 7 ways in which you can use monitoring and evaluation to make your influencing work more visible. This webinar will last for 30 minutes with the opportunity to ask questions via Facebook after.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.