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Capacity building -from our Topic Guide

[Editor’s note: This post is the last one of a series that introduced our Topic Guide. Please feel free to check the insight our Topic Guide offers on how research agendas are produced, on the politics of how research is used in policy, on communicating research, and on monitoring and evaluation. For each of these themes, the Topic Guide is packed with relevant resources, each with a short summary.]

This section of the Topic Guide covers two important aspects of Capacity Development in the area of Politics and Ideas:

  1. Approaches to developing research capacity & evidence literacy/use of evidence in policymaking; and

  2. Developing policy influence capacity

Emma Broadbent identified a number of entry points to the in the literature include:

  1. Stimulating ‘demand’ for research amongst policymakers (Newman et al, 2012) and improving ‘evidence literacy’ (Nath, 2011).

  2. Improving research quality through investments in higher education (British Academy & Association for Commonwealth Universities, 2009) (Mendizabal, 2013Broadbent (2012), the provision of grants to researchers (Buldioski, 2012), as well as a number of other approaches which include mentoring, learning alliances, write-shops, exchange programmes and scholarships, north-south twinning arrangements, and south-south partnerships (Pound & Adolph, 2005).

  3. Developing knowledge-sharing networks across a variety of research actors (Majanovic, 2012Jones et al, 2007).

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