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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. This series was initially launched in partnership with Results for All.

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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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  • 21 September 2019
  • Post by Amoah, George
Making research more useful for policy and society: a view from Ghana

How do we make research more useful? In the latest in a series of columns on policy and evidence, Globaldev talks to an African civil servant...

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  • 22 July 2019
  • Post by Akec, John A.
Using blogs, humor and anecdotes to influence development policy

How can research insights be made accessible to broad sectors of society? This column cites examples of successful communicators of scientific...

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  • 25 June 2019
  • Post by Wallace, Matthew L.
New knowledge for development: ecosystems for connecting demand and supply

How can science from the Global South play a greater role in development policy? This column outlines how to build effective ‘research ecosystems’...

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  • 17 June 2019
  • Post by Knippenberg, Erwin
Measuring household resilience using high-frequency data

High-frequency data collection at the level of households in developing countries offers the potential to measure their resilience and to act quickly...

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  • 02 June 2019
  • Post by Koršňáková, Paulína
Making the most of international large-scale assessments in education

International large-scale assessments are often described as an investment in a country’s education system. But who acts to ensure that the...

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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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