Improving Research Engagement to Support Policy and Institutional Change
Event Date: Sep 23, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (GMT -4)
Location: United States
Online: Online Event
Host: CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM)/IFPRI
September 23, 2020 - 10:00 AM – 11 AM EDT
Too often, research aiming to inform public policies or strengthen institutions for effective policy implementation remains disconnected from the real political economy of policy and institutional reform. This webinar will introduce a new rubric (see here) to assess opportunities for research partnerships that navigate this complex terrain of power and leverage sometimes unexpected spaces of engagement.
We will illustrate the rubric with application to three cases in small-scale fisheries—one at national level (Myanmar) and two at regional level (Pacific Islands region and sub-Saharan Africa). We will also discuss four principles for designing research to engage in policy and institutional change: (a) nurture multi-stakeholder coalitions for change at different points in the policy cycle, (b) engage alternative forms of power and spaces of engagement, (c) embed ongoing research communications to support dialogue, and (d) employ evaluation in a cycle of action and learning to strengthen research engagement.
While the cases are drawn from the fisheries sector, the intent is to spark a discussion on applicability of the rubric and principles across other sectors of agriculture, rural development, and natural resource governance.
Blake Ratner, Executive Director, Collaborating for Resilience
Danielle Resnick, Senior Research Fellow and Theme Leader, Governance, IFPRI
Philippa Cohen, Program Leader, Resilient Small-scale Fisheries, WorldFish
Jonathan Mockshell, Agricultural Economist, Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT
The PIM Webinars aim to share findings of research undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM), discuss their application, and get feedback and suggestions from participants. Webinars are conducted by PIM researchers in the form of research seminars. Each webinar is a live event consisting of a presentation (30 min) and a facilitated Q&A session (30 min). Recordings and presentations of the webinars are freely available on the PIM website.
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Improving research engagement to support policy and institutional change
Blake is founder and Executive Director of Collaborating for Resilience, and member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility, where he provides guidance on the design of GEF strategy in the... more areas of international waters, environmental security and resilience. He is the immediate past Director General of WorldFish, which works to strengthen food and nutrition security for millions of small-scale producers, processors, traders and poor consumers in South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. An environmental sociologist with a Ph.D. from Cornell University, Blake’s research addresses social equity, ethics, resource conflict and the role of multi-stakeholder dialogue in environmental governance. Early in his career he worked with social entrepreneurs in Guatemala and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, and subsequently held posts with the World Resources Institute and the World Bank. Blake was based for 13 years cumulatively in Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia, in addition to leading program implementation in China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Uganda, Vietnam, and Zambia. less