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  1. Irene Guijt
    Irene Guijt May 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Narratives to bring back the human voice in particular. SenseMaker is one approach that places people’s experiences at the centre. We’ve worked with thousands of girls stories, for example, in Rwanda and Ethiopia, to bring what I call ‘voices in the room’ so those with the power to decide can no longer ignore girls’ lives. Other resources are available here and here.

    But like any approach, it is easy to say ‘let’s collect narratives’ and rather more difficult to embed this systematically in organisations.

    The Most Significant Change method has also gained much popularity in development circles to avoid the dehumanising of results and reports.

    And there are many others

  2. Peter Graves
    Peter Graves May 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Interesting to read this and the associated comments by the World Bank about its own publications not being read. Can I suggest that it is an issue that is current across academia, about research impact ?

    It’s otherwise called knowledge translation and Professor John Lavis at Canada’s McMaster University has developed many useful methods of proceeding from knowledge translation to knowledge broking. The Chief Scientist of New Zealand (Professor Sir Peter Gluckman) has also been active on this theme of science into policy.

    There always seems a great deal of tension between a professionally-written document that advances the writer’s academic career and the ultimate impact on the intended readership, much less the demonstrable uptake in the associated policy.

  3. Julian Walker
    Julian Walker May 23, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I think the link labelled Ben Ramalingam at ODI is wrong – when I clicked it opened a paper dated 21 January 2004 by Michael Roeskau called “Multilateralism: The International Aid Agencies, Their Owners And Competitors: Do We Need Them All?”

    1. Jonathan Pryke
      Jonathan Pryke May 26, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Hi Julian,

      Sorry about that, I have fixed the link.


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