The symposium aimed to explore the research and policymaking nexus by asking: what are the processes by which research agendas are defined, which may shape the interpretation of findings; what are the kinds of poverty research that is being conducted; how is this knowledge used in the development and application of policies addressing poverty? Going beyond simple understandings of evidence-based policymaking, participants were asked to problematise concepts such as research ‘uptake’ and policy ‘impact’ and share insights of practice from the ‘real world’ of policy engagement.
This symposium aimed to address a need for a more critical, realistic approach to the research–policymaking nexus, with a specific focus on the politics of poverty research and pro-poor policy development. How does the politically charged and contentious nature of inequality as an issue shape the terrain? And how can an improved understanding of the interests, values, ideologies, and other dimensions of stakeholder interests inform the interactions on this terrain?
A report from the symposium is available here.
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