2020 PEP Annual Conference
September 22 - October 16, 2020 | Online
PEP conferences bring together development researchers, practitioners, leading experts and policy stakeholders from around the world, to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities related to economic policy analysis and advisory work.
Additional funding is provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Global Affairs Canada under the Impact Evaluation Mentoring for Governments and Climate Change in Africa initiatives, respectively.
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Building capacity for policy research in developing countries
Scientific peer-review sessions and training
PEP meetings represent a unique opportunity for all participating researchers. As this year’s event will be taking place online, all members of the project teams will be able to attend and benefit from PEP training and peer-review.
Members of 14 research teams, from 8 African countries, supported under the PEP PAGE II program (Round 3) will be invited to present their research results, policy papers, and project outcomes for discussion with peers and international experts.
The team members will also benefit from a workshop to review best practices in communication for evidence-informed policymaking, as well as to discuss strategies and tools for the effective dissemination of findings in their respective countries.
PEP conferences also feature a one-day policy conference (or series of plenary sessions), to present and discuss the policy implications of PEP research and analytical approaches. These events are thematically focused on current or emerging development policy issues.
The theme of this year's policy forum, to be held on October 16, is "Coproduction of Development Research", and the objective is to identify the conditions under which research funders can support and ensure the success of collaborative research initiatives between local experts and government institutions in developing countries. See below
Providing an opportunity for international academic and governmental participants to debate the issues at hand, these conferences help bridge the gap between research and policy to address poverty issues and promote development.
The main lessons and recommendations drawn from these dialogues will be published and publicized by PEP for wider impact, as they were for previous PEP Policy Forums.
Program of activities
All sessions start at 12 p.m. UTC
Communication for Evidence-informed Policy Briefing Workshop - English
Communication du conseil scientifique aux décideurs - français
5, 6, 7, 8
Presentation of policy papers* / Présentation des « policy papers »*
12, 13, 14, 15
Presentation and discussion of final research reports* / Présentation des « final research reports »*
Policy conference on Co-production of development research: Experience from PEP-supported projects*
Aissatou M. Diop, Grant Administrator
Marjorie Alain, Director of Communications
* With simultaneous interpretation (English/French) / Avec interprétariat simultané (français/anglais)
Coproduction of development research: Experience from PEP-supported projects
October 16, 2020 | UTC 12 - 3 p.m.
Research coproduction is a collaborative research model: researchers work in partnership with the knowledge users who identify a problem and have the authority or ability to implement the research recommendations.
When researchers have a better understanding of the users’ contexts and needs, the relevance of their findings improves. At the same time, the collaboration improves the users’ understanding of the research process and increases their appreciation for how and when the research can be applied.
Yet even when working towards the same purpose, scientists and policymakers can have very different perspectives on the issues and how to address them. Tensions between the different interests involved can arise throughout coproduced research processes.
In 2019, PEP officially adopted the approach of research co-production. Two subsequent calls for proposals from mixed government-research teams have led to 20 ongoing co-production projects in 13 sub-Saharan African countries - find them here.
The 2020 PEP Policy Conference will bring together members of this first cohort of PEP research co-producers to discuss their experience. During the event, panellists and participants will aim to identify ways to ensure the success of collaborative research initiatives between local experts and government institutions in developing countries, looking in particular at the challenges faced and the conditions required.
Download the full Concept Note
All times UTC
Welcome remarks and official opening
Followed by a 15-minute break
Panelist presentations (30 min)
Moderated discussions amongst panelists and keynote speaker (20 min)
Interactive session (10 min)
Open Q&A with the audience (15 min)
|2:40 p.m.||Concluding remarks from PEP leaders|