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.
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.
EventCourse23rd November, 2014 to 27th November, 2014United KingdomPaid
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.
EventWebinar1st February, 2015 to 23rd March, 2015OnlinePaid
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.
7 ways to make your advocacy, lobbying and policy-influencing work more visible using monitoring and evaluationEventWebinar11th March, 2015OnlineFree
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.