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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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  • 07 March 2022
  • Post by Multiple
World seaweed industry’s development potential hampered by genetic concerns

Over six million smallholder farmers across 48 countries depend on seaweed for their livelihoods. This column outlines what’s currently happening in...

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  • 10 January 2022
  • Post by Sharma Waddington, Hugh
How better use of evidence and more transparent reporting can save lives

A common criticism of impact evaluations like randomized trials is that they do not measure what matters for decision-making. This column shows how...

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  • 26 April 2021
  • Post by Echt, Leandro
Partisan think-tanks: evidence-informed advice or political support?

This article was published in partnership with INGSA as part of the INGSA-LAC 2020/21 Science Advice Essay Competition. The Fundación Pensar in...

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  • 12 April 2021
  • Post by Ahmed, Vaqar
How have southern think-tanks responded to the pandemic?

How have think-tanks in the Global South reacted to the Covid-19 crisis? This column, written by an experienced leader of research and policy...

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  • 05 October 2020
  • Post by Mekonnen, Zenebe
The use of scientific advice in policy-making in Ethiopia

Many governments express a commitment to making policy decisions on the basis of scientific evidence, but there are many obstacles to this happening...

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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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"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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