- PEP in the World
Communicating research findings in order to inform and influence policy is one of the greatest challenges of the academic field. Over the past few years, PEP has devoted extensive resources to build its organizational expertise in terms of research communications, collecting information from several sources - institutions such as IDRC, GDN, ODI, i.e. experimented knowledge-brokers – and from past experiences of PEP-supported researchers in the process of policy influence.
The main outcomes of this initiative are detailed in the:
Therefore, when undertaking initiatives to contribute to poverty reduction in their home countries, PEP researchers can now rely on the network’s support every step of the way; from the development of their research capacities and expertise, to the communication of their findings and policy recommendations to national stakeholders.
In order to assist researchers in building their policy influence plan - right from the design of their research proposals - PEP has also synthesized all relevant information, advices and tips in one brief but highly informative “Guide” on “how to influence policy”.
On the occation of the 9th PEP general meeting in Cambodia (December 2011), a special workshop was held to provide attending researchers with some advice and guidance regarding the different aspects (steps, activities, tools, etc..) of communications and policy advocacy in the context of development research.
Find a summary of these tips and advice in the enclosed workshop (PPT) presentation "Making your Research Count".
Activities : to help make research count!
The areas of activities in which researchers can benefit from PEP’s experience include:
PEP does not only encourage these initiatives, but also provides researchers with both technical and financial support to undertake them, especially in the case of dissemination activities following conclusion of the research work:
Related instructions and guidelines for researchers who wish to undertake such initiatives are provided in the "Funding" section of the PEP website, here: http://www.pep-net.org/funding/guides/
Finally, PEP researchers' findings are also dissmeminated through the network's frequent newsletters (PEP-Talk - over 8000 recipients), annual reports, social networks (facebook and twitter) and blog postings, as well as through a specially dedicated section of the website reporting on "Policy Findings and Recommendations from PEP Research". In total, PEP has now over 9000 members who have subscribed on its website.
The following presents valuable resources and references to convince and assist you in both defining and undertaking an effective policy outreach strategy.
The two following videos are good illustrations of :
Web Sources - Specialized Organisations: