The science of using research: why it starts with the policymaker

The science of using research: why it starts with the policymaker

By Laurenz Langer and Ruth Stewart Piles of evidence don’t make any difference if they’re not being used to develop policy. Governments all over the world invest large sums of public money into producing knowledge that helps them understand their countries’ complex socioeconomic issues. This knowledge, in the form of research, can be used to formulate potential solutions through public policies and programmes. But it’s not enough just to produce research. It must also be considered and drawn…

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Online course: “Leaders of change: helping African policymakers develop their capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”

Online course: “Leaders of change: helping African policymakers develop their capacity to promote the use of knowledge in policy”

This online course is aimed at African policy makers and civil servants interested in promoting a better use of knowledge in policy making in their governmental agencies and thus seeking to discuss with colleagues and learn from inspiring practices and reflections. While over the last years there has been an increasing interest and institutionalization of the use of knowledge to inform public decision-making, our work experience with political leaders shows that many of them need…

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