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Context Matters

The role and importance of context in the interaction between research and policy is widely recognized. But there is significant room to improve our understanding of how context matters, and affects the use of evidence in policymaking.

INASP and Politics & Ideas have developed a framework to help detect and understand the critical entry points to promote the use of knowledge in public institutions.

Accompanying the framework are two papers which better inform the design and delivery of capacity-building projects to improve the use of research evidence in policymaking in developing countries.

  1. Knowledge into policy: Going beyond "Context Matters" provides an overview of the conceptual framework. It aims to help policymakers, researchers, practitioners and donors define windows of opportunity in different contexts in order to improve the interaction between knowledge and policy.
  2. Starting from context: How to make strategic decisions to promote a better interaction between knowledge and policy is an action paper, which proposes concrete ways in which the framework can be used.

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