Research and Policy Impact, by John Young

Presentation by John Young from ODI at the RECOUP Communications Workshop, September 2009

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We have mentioned earlier about the RECOUP communications workshop held on 14 September 09 .  This was an important event to the consortium since we have only twelve months left to achieve our purpose and produce evidence that we are doing so.  So far, over the last four years we’ve achieved good progress in terms of research and capacity building work.  We also had a series of successful dissemination workshops in our partner countries.  Now it is time to think and act strategically, i.e. review our plans and progress in terms of engaging with policy makers, and consolidate our findings and communicate them effectively to make sure that we achieve our purpose as stated in the
RECOUP logframe.

The workshop was facilitated by John Young, Director or Programmes, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).  The agenda was very intensive both due to time pressures and the complexity of issues involved.    We had a combination of individual and group activities with some time allocated for discussion.   In preparation to the workshop all researchers went through the agenda carefully and thought thoroughly through each question listed under the group work.  John Young has asked us to read the following materials before the workshop, and reflect on our experiences with RECOUP research:

– Strategies to Enhance Research Impact
– Working with complexity: Six steps to maximise the impact of research on
policy and practice
– The executive summary of the study he did of the impact of DFID’s 10%
communications rule for RPCs.
– The introductory section to the Hovland Working Paper on M&E of Policy
Research (the full paper is available on

They were all of direct relevance to his own presentation on defining and assessing policy impact.   RECOUP researchers revisited the overall and country communication strategies and plans in light of this reading.  At the workshop each partner presented its communication strategy and activity plan and updated other partners on progress with their implementation.   The workshop was very useful in that it helped to assess whether we are doing as well as we should be doing in order to achieve our purpose and to identify actions that we need to take in order to better achieve it over the next 12 months.

You can view his slide presentations below:

Communicating Science for Policy

Making A Difference: Monitoring and Evaluation of Policy Research


One Response

  1. Hello John,

    My name is Hannington Odame –and a director of Nairobi based Centre for African Bio-Entrepreneurship (CABE). CABE builds capacity of smallholder farmers and youth and facilitates their linkages to market and non-market agencies. We also offer consutancy services in agricultural science, technology and Innovation.

    We met at an IFPRI/ISNAR workshop in Addis Ababa almost 2 years ago –in which you were a facilitator.

    I will soon be facilitating a 2.5-day workshop for a local agricultural network in Kenya –on “How to Influence Policy”. For this reason, I am in the process of preparing the materials for the workshop.

    Based on your experiences of facilitating such workshops, could you please share with me some reading material –and especially ‘games/exercises’ –that would make the learning process more interactive and stimulating for the participants.

    With kind regards,

    Hannington Odame
    P.O. Box 1285-00100 Nairobi, Kenya
    Tel: +254 (0)20 6000040
    Cell: +254 (0)724226893

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