All posts filed under “evidence-based policy making

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LSE podcasts I liked

Being back in Finland and having to fix things in the house has given me an opportunity to listen again to the always very interesting  LSE Public Lecture podcasts. The effects and implications of Brexit and the election of President Trump dominate the discussion at… Read More

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Estimating the return on investment of policy research and engagement

by Tanty Nurhayati Djafar , Ni Wayan Suriastini , and Arnaldo Pellini Is it possible to calculate the return of investment on a research policy project? Well, the Indonesian think tank SurveyMETER and the Knowledge Sector Initiative have given it a go for a policy research project on services and infrastructure for the aging… Read More

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The struggle of bringing research into climate change policy

I read a vey interesting article in the Guardian Weekly about the struggle of science research in the United States following the election of Donald Trump as president (The climate change battle dividing trump’s America). Funding for climate change research is being cut. A climate change sceptic has… Read More

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Doing Development Differently means Doing Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Differently too

Recently, we attended a two-day workshop on ‘Implementing the New Development Agenda: Doing Development Differently (DDD), Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) and Problem Driven Iterative Adaption (PDIA).’ The event was co-organised by the Knowledge Sector Initiative, the KOMPAK programme, and The World Bank in Indonesia… Read More

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On the Indonesian Knowledge Sector: two new working papers

At the Knowledge Sector Initiative we have just published two new working papers on various aspects of the Indonesian Knowledge Sector and on evidence to policy processes, systems, and experiences. I really enjoyed working on these papers. Is Measuring Policy Influence Like Measuring Thin Air? The Experience… Read More

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Cycling to work in Jakarta: can we start to hope?

I wrote this a year or so ago. Being a bicycle commuter in Jakarta, make me think about the wicked hard problem of transportation in this city. Still hoping…. — Even though this is Jakarta, I cycle every day to work. Last week, I think it was Wednesday, I rode my… Read More

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Learning about learning in an adaptive programme

I am re-posting here the blog published last week by Better Evaluation where Fred Carden and I discuss about learning in an adaptive programme. Better Evaluation has started a conversation to answer questions such as: How relevant are these ideas for our work? How different is learning in an adaptive programme… Read More

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Indonesia’s knowledge sector is catching up, but a large gap persists

Helen Tilley, Overseas Development Institute and Arnaldo Pellini, Overseas Development Institute Academic publications are important reflections of the strength of the research community in a country. A strong research community fuels innovation in the economy. It’s also the bedrock for generating high-quality evidence to inform… Read More

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On demand and use of evidence in policy making: very interesting experiences from South Africa

I just want to share three very interesting papers on demand and use of evidence processes and systems written in collaboration by colleagues of the RAPID team in ODI and government officials. Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making Louise Shaxson, Ajoy Datta, Mapula Tshangela and Bongani Matomela… Read More

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Ten years have passed since the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change: how are we doing?

Listening to a lecture of Nicholas Stern feels like being on the USS Enterprise travelling at warp speed, such is the scale of the consequences linked to climate change and global warming he describes. This is how I felt when listening to his LSE public… Read More