NCCR North-South Report on Effectiveness of Research for Development

NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 23

by Claudia Michel, Eva Maria Heim, Karl Herweg, Anne Zimmermann, Thomas Breu

Bern, NCCR North-South 2010

Bridging the gap between research and policy is of growing importance in international development. The National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South has rich experience in collaborating beyond academic boundaries to make their research relevant to various societal actors. This publication is the first to provide an overview of the effectiveness of NCCR North-South researchers’ efforts to interact with policy, practice, and local communities with a view to effecting a change in practices.

A systematic assessment of researchers’ interactions with non-academic partners is presented, based on principles of monitoring and evaluation. On this basis, tools for collective learning and widespread adaptation are proposed. The report shows with what types of societal actors NCCR North-South researchers collaborate and analyses examples of how researchers conduct dialogue beyond academic boundaries, leading to specific outcomes. It also explains the frame conditions considered decisive for successful and sustainable policy dialogue and concludes with recommendations about how the NCCR North-South can increase the effectiveness of its research for development. The publication is a valuable source of inspiration for those interested in better understanding how to generate the multiple benefits of making science relevant to society.

Michel C, Heim EM, Herweg K, Zimmermann A, Breu T. 2010. Making Research Relevant to Policy-makers, Development Actors, and Local Communities. NCCR North-South Dialogue 23. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.


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