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Knowledge to Policy

Knowledge to Policy
Making the Most of Development Research

First Edition
  • Fred Carden - International Development Research Centre, Canada

April 2009 | 236 pages | SAGE India
Does research influence public policy and decision-making and, if so, how? This book is the most recent to address this question, investigating the effects of research in the field of international development. It starts from a sophisticated understanding about how research influences public policy and decision-making. It shows how research can contribute to better governance in at least three ways: by encouraging open inquiry and debate, by empowering people with the knowledge to hold governments accountable, and by enlarging the array of policy options and solutions available to the policy process.

Knowledge to Policy: Making the Most of Development Research examines the consequences of 23 research projects funded by Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Key findings and case studies from Asia, Africa, and Latin America are presented in a reader-friendly, journalistic style, giving the reader a deeper grasp and understanding of approaches, contexts, relationships and events.

The book will be useful to academics, researchers and students of political science, public administration, development studies, and international affairs; professionals in donor and development organizations worldwide; policy- and decision-makers in government (local and national levels) and international arenas (particularly trade and finance); and development agencies and civil society (non-governmental) organizations concerned with integrating the voice of citizens into policy- and decision-making processes.

Carol H Weiss
Maureen O'Neil
Making Research Count
Policy Matters
What Works, What Doesn't
Managing Research, Exploiting Contingencies
Research and the Politics of Policy
Poverty Monitoring
Trade and Finance
Resource Management
Water Management
Health and Education Reform
Networks and Innovation
Information and Communication Technologies for Development
The Multiple Case Approach: A Methodological Overview
Changing Practice: A Note on Using Evaluation for Organizational Change
Annotated Bibliography

The book under review is a well-documented study that helps researchers to lead their findings to policy… It will be useful to social scientists desirous of reaching policy, donor agencies to fund proper policy-related research and the administrators.

Current Science

The author examines the connect between research and public policy…Also included is sound advice on how to influence policy, manage research and politics etc. The book is an easy read.

Civil Society

This book will be useful to academics, researchers and students of political science, public administration, development studies and international affairs: professionals in donor and development organizations worldwide: policy and decision makers in government and international arenas: and development agencies.

Journal of Rural Development

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ISBN: 9788178299303