DFID Research Project

Enabling Innovation and Productivity Growth in Low Income Countries (EIP-LIC)

Innovation and growth

Policy dissemination

An essential component of the project is to strengthen evidence based policy making on innovation and productivity issues in developing countries.  This implies an increased use of high-quality evidence as the basis for developing innovation policies through stimulating researchers to emphasize the policy consequences of their research and making policy makers aware of the research results. The project will initiate a process of developing a steady flow of clear, operationally relevant and accessible policy material and messages for policy makers appropriately packaged.

Policy development

The interactive consultation with policy makers is intended to assure the societal relevance and local ownership of the research outcomes. Critical in such a process is the active involvement of policy makers in the identification of the policy issues within their particular policy context – which is different in every one of the 10 case countries. The ideas, the issues, the realities of the policy makers are critical as input to feed in the research process. To do so, the research involves genuine collaboration with a variety of stakeholders (local, national and international, including donors, government and civil society organisations). The interactive consultative component of the project breaks down in the following activities.

  • Stakeholder meetings to discuss policy issues: In every country, stakeholder meetings with 15 – 20 key persons in innovation policy making will be organized in cooperation counterpart organizations.
  • Development of country policy issues reports: As outcome of the stakeholder meetings, the discussion reports, the information and data will be collected and written down in a policy issue report for each country.
  • Valorisation of research outcomes and policy recommendations:
  • The ‘contextualized’ research findings and policy recommendations will be presented to a broad group of policy makers coming from government departments (e.g. Science and Technology, Industrial Development, Economic affairs), intermediary agencies, policy institutes, donor agencies and civil society organizations.
  • Development of country policy papers, briefs and dissemination materials To facilitate the interactive consultations, the dissemination and valorisation meetings with policy makers, a range of policy dissemination materials will be developed throughout the research project cycle for different levels of user‐group as identified above. The development of policy papers, briefs and dissemination materials breaks down in the following activities.

Policy dissemination and research uptake

The broader dissemination of the research output is intended for a variety of audiences. Amongst others, researchers in the developing countries (in development studies) and beyond are targeted to inform about the research enabling them to use our research insight to build further research and theory on innovation, growth and poverty alleviation. Moreover, the broader dissemination is envisaged for private sector actors with a view that innovators and potential innovators better understand what innovation policy is about, their possibilities to provide input and implications for the private sector.  This will enable private sector actors to better (more explicitly) express feedback and advice for the policy makers. Lastly the idea is to inform the general public in North (UK, NL etc ) and South interested in development and poverty alleviation about the DFID approach innovation and growth approach that DFID takes in order to alleviate poverty and to provide insight in effectiveness and impact.

The research project intervention logic includes the following three mechanisms to reach and to involve the potential research users at the various stages of the research:

  1. Interactive and direct pro-active consultation meetings with policy makers.  This is focused on policy makers in innovation who directly formulate or have influence on the policy making process;
  2. Development of policy papers, policy briefs and research reports for the various target audiences;
  3. Broader (passive) dissemination to broader audiences including researchers in developing countries, civil society actors and the general public. Dissemination of policy messages through coverage in local and international media.

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