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Going beyond ‘context matters’: #4 Management and processes to improve the use of knowledge in policy, free webinar, 17 January 2017

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January 13, 2017

Tags: development, Evidence, governance, organizational change, public institutions

When: 17 January 2017, 1-2.15pm GMT

Register: send an email to stating your name, organization position, and country, and tell us if you plan to attend Webinar #4, other webinar (s) or the whole series.

Are you a policymaker, a researcher, a capacity building expert or a donor interested in better understanding how context affects the interaction between knowledge and policy?

Join INASP and Policy & Ideas for our free Going beyond context matters webinar series where we explore the six main dimensions of context influencing knowledge into policy as outlined in our interactive framework and discuss how to concretely incorporate them into our interventions and work.

Webinar #4: Management and processes to improve the use of knowledge in policy making

In our fourth free webinar in the Going beyond context matters series we will explore Management and Processes, Dimension #5 in the Knowledge into Policy: A Framework to Understand Context. Management and processes refer to how each governmental institution organises its work to achieve its mission and goals, from planning to evaluation. The webinar will ask:

  • What are the main processes related to the production and use of research in policy? 

  • What have others learned that we can build upon to strengthen current management practices?


  • Leandro Echt is a member of Politics & Ideas and Coordinator of the On Think Tanks School and Editor for Latin America. He works on the policy and research field, developing organizations’ capacities to use knowledge and influence policy making.

  • Louise Shaxson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). For the past 13 years she has focused on how to implement an evidence-informed approach to policy inside government departments.

  • Mapula Tshangela is the Senior Policy Advisor at the National Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in South Africa. She manages policy and research interface through implementation of the national strategy for sustainable development, and the environment sector

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About the Going beyond ‘context matters’ webinar series

Context plays an important role in determining whether and how research is understood, approached, and used by policymakers. But 'context' on its own is not an especially helpful term. It could mean any number of things, from the wider political climate in which policymakers are operating, to a specific institution's organizational capacity. It is important, therefore, to go beyond simply thinking 'context matters' and to adopt a more thorough approach when analysing how context might affect research uptake. 

The Going beyond 'context matters' webinar series does just that, exploring in depth the six key dimensions of context outlined in a conceptual framework developed by INASP and knowledge to policy initiative Politics & Ideas.

The first three webinars are available to watch again:


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