Tools for policy impact: a handbook for researchers

Tools for policy impact: a handbook for researchers

Handbook for researchers looks at how to influence policy makers

This handbook presents tools for achieving policy impact, specifically geared towards the needs of researchers. The key points of each tool or technique is described, and links are provided to relevant training materials. The tools include:

  • Research Tools: including episode studies and focus group discussions
  • Context Assessment Tools: including the Planning cycle, Force Field Analysis, Problem Tree Analysis,,Stakeholder Analysis, Influence Mapping, SWOT Analysis and Triangle Analysis
  • Communication Tools: including the Product Life Cycle (Diffusion of Innovation theory); the 'Marketing Approach; Organisational Readiness Assessments; Position Mapping; Pre-testing of Messages; Using the Media; Writeshops
  • Policy Influence Tools: including 4X Policy Entrepreneurs; the Boston box; producing Policy Papers; Networking; the Lobbyist's Hierarchies of Need; Negotiating; Engaging Public Participation; Campaigning Alliances

The report also presents an introductory overview of the role of CSOs in policy processes and the significance of evidence in international development

The handbook is particularly targeted at civil society organisations (whose activities involve gathering evidence, doing research, learning lessons or advising on strategy) and at research institutes and university departments (which have a large body of research but have difficulty packaging it for policy-makers). It will also be useful for advocacy groups with an interest in communicate to policy in a constructive and co-operative influencing style - in contrast to more confrontational strategies.

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