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  1. The Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them

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    Guide
    2008

    Concept maps are graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge. They include concepts, usually enclosed in circles or boxes of some type, and relationships between concepts indicated by a connecting line linking two concepts. (Novak. & Cañas 2008)

  2. The Art of Assessing the Impact of Advocacy Work

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    Overview
    2002

    This paper explores the complex and changing nature of advocacy work, arguing that in many cases standardized forms of Monitoring & Evaluation/ Impact Analysis (M&E/IA) are likely to be inappropriate, as they will probably provide misleading information, and may create incentives that undermine joint action.

  3. Tools for Policy Impact: A Handbook for Researchers

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    Guide

    The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), as part of its Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme, has been looking at the links between research and policy for several years. It is now beginning a process of identifying, developing, distributing and delivering tools, resources and training support that can help research providers access the policy process. This handbook presents work in progress on tools for policy impact, specifically geared towards the needs of researchers. Overall, the RAPID programme aims to improve the use of research and evidence in development policy and practice through research, advice and debate.

  4. Focus Groups: Consultation in Nottinghamshire

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    Guide
    2007

    This guide from the Nottinghamshire County Council outlines a detailed step-by-step process for running focus groups in a consultative process.

  5. The Center for Evaluation Innovation

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    Website

    The Center for Evaluation Innovation focuses on expanding evaluation practice in new directions and into new arenas. They specialize in fields that are hard to measure, like advocacycommunications, and systems change. In the area of advocacy evaluation, the Center is helping to advance this emerging field through working with many pioneering and creative advocates, evaluators, and funders committed to growing it through collaboration.

  6. Issues in assessing the policy influence of research

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    Overview

    This paper presents a methodology for assessing the influence of research on public policy. The article reviews the origins of the methodology, outlines it in depth, and explores the outcomes after implementation. It concludes with issues in the revision of the methodology. 

  7. Handbook on monitoring, evaluating and managing knowledge for policy influence

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    Guide
    2011

    This handbook from the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC) is designed to support research institutions develop monitoring and evaluation and knowledge management systems in order to improve their performance.

  8. Assessing the impact of research on policy

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    Overview
    2008

    The authors of this review analyse various evaluation options (including ethnographic and quantitative approaches, focus groups, process tracing, and network mapping and analysis) in order to find out which ones are the most suitable to evaluate the impact of research on policy change. 

  9. Positive Deviance Initiative

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    Website
    2010

    This website from the Positive Deviance Initiative (PDI) offers a comprehensive collection of PD resources including case studies, guides, projects and examples.

  10. Advocacy Impact Evaluation

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    Example

    This paper from Michael Quinn Patton presents a retrospective case study in which the  the potential influence of judicial advocacy efforts targeted at the Supreme Court is assessed.

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