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Evidence-Based Policy

Many development scholars feel that development research does not make its way into policy as much as it should, while many policy-makers feel that research is largely irrelevant to the problems that they have to address. Can this dissonance be reduced – and if so, how? This blog series presents the point of view of the users, rather than the creators, of social science research. 

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  • 22 June 2020
  • Post by Multiple
Educational challenges of Covid-19: evidence from large-scale assessments

The global pandemic has been particularly disruptive to education with the closure of schools in many countries and children having to study at home...

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  • 01 June 2020
  • Post by Trifonova, Tihomira
Improving educational outcomes in Bulgaria: lessons from data and research

It is well understood that low literacy has damaging consequences for both individuals and wider society. As this column notes, literacy is more than...

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  • 25 March 2020
  • Post by Gaur, Avnish
When progressive policy and quality research come together

This blog is part of a series organised in conjunction with the 19th global development conference. High-quality research is a sine qua non in India’...

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  • 11 February 2020
  • Post by Mapanje, Olga
Climate information services for farmers: lessons from research

This blog is part of a series organised in conjunction with the 19th global development conference. Providing climate information services to...

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  • 10 February 2020
  • Post by Fan, Shenggen
Lessons from a life in food policy

How can we best fulfill the promise of food policy to eradicate hunger and ensure food and nutrition security for all while we also protect our...

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  • 27 January 2020
  • Post by Multiple
Research for development: lessons for uncertain times

At a conference in October 2019 to mark GDN’s 20 th anniversary since it launched, there was much discussion of the power of research and evidence to...

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  • 13 January 2020
  • Post by Muller, Jan Marco
Engage with the unengaged: thoughts on presenting scientific evidence

Not all politicians who choose to ignore research evidence are against science; at the same time, those who have a scientific degree are a small...

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  • 05 January 2020
  • Post by Makoude, Opiyo
Making research more useful: experiences in East Africa

A five-year donor-funded program that began in 2006 aimed to reduce HIV risks and vulnerabilities for mobile populations within the Lake Victoria...

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  • 23 December 2019
  • Post by Nagesh, Shubha
Research to inform practice: experiences with childhood disability in India

How can research contribute to the practical provision of essential services in developing countries? This column reports on the work of a non-profit...

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  • 29 September 2019
  • Post by Ahmed, Vaqar
Connecting evidence to policy: seven key lessons for researchers

How can researchers engage more effectively with policy-makers? This column, written by an experienced ‘policy entrepreneur’ in Pakistan, provides...

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"Today’s development research mixes scientific endeavor with technical advocacy. Scholars are encouraged to contribute research-based solutions to development challenges, and are expected to distill recommendations from their analysis and evidence. They are also advised to communicate the implications of their findings in ways that can reach policy-makers and practitioners most effectively, and then demonstrate their impact on decisions and outcomes."

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