Partners: IDRC (Canada)
Duration: June 2013 to July 2014
Locale: India, Bangladesh, Pakistan (Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Peshawar)
The programme builds on a growing body of literature on knowledge systems for public policy making in South Asia. It specifically attempts to theorize the complex and dynamic relationship between two supplier groups of policy research: think tanks and universities with the aim to identify the best practices through which external support strengthens both groups of institutions.
• To provide a better understanding of the relationships between think tanks and universities in the South Asian knowledge environment and the ways in which externally provided support may affect these relationships.
• Primary data collection
• Dissemination of research findings and policy recommendations
• Development of the Policy Research Gateway (web-portal)
Focal Persons: Dr Abid Suleri, Arif Naveed & Zalla Khattak
Duration: Nov 2010 to June 2014
Team Member: Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Shakeel Ahmad
The Think Tank Initiative (TTI) is a programme designed by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to strengthen the independent policy research organizations to become more influential and sustainable.
The rigorous course of selection process aims at helping organizations identify a long-term strategy to develop its own robust research agenda, improve key aspects of its organizational performance, and increase its ability to inform and influence policy.
TTI helped SDPI embark on a long-term organizational development process and use the core funding and technical support to help place the institution on a transformational path. SDPI has entered its fourth and last year of TTI grant.
Research institutions in Pakistan are engaged in policy research related economy, nutrition health, social, policy, governance, peace and conflict, evaluation, education etc. The study aims to map these research institutions in order to provide a broader overview of these institutions engaged in policy research, their thematic priorities, geographic concentration as well as sources of funding available to them.
The study highlights linkages between research and policy-making, social science base, practices in commissioning of policy research, and a wide range of barriers being faced by those who are conducting policy research. It evaluates critically the role of international donors in the overall landscape of policy research. The study finds opportunities offered by the changing institutional context of strengthening research institutions and the uptake of research into policies and practices.
- To analyze the political economy of policy relevant research in Pakistan
- To find possibilities and constraints in the way of commissioning, undertaking and uptake of research
Duration: July 2013 to June 2014
Locale: IEA (Ghana), Grupo Faro (Ecuador), SDPI (Pakistan), CEPA (Sri Lanka), and IPAR (Rwanda)
Team Member: Mome Saleem
Action research and Organizational Development (OD) is an approach to shape up methodological practices. Action research is a practice for the systematic development of knowing and knowledge, but based in a rather different form from traditional academic research.
Existing approaches, processes and technologies have failed to improve work performance, efficiency and effectiveness that led research into the socio-psychological factors of work processes or rather the human factors. Likewise most think tank (TT) organizations are in need of undertaking OD. For instance, five TT from TTI cohort came together to implement an action research project on Organizational Capacity Building (OCB) from Latin America, Asia and Africa i.e. (IEA, Ghana; Grupo Faro, Ecuador; SDPI, Pakistan; CEPA, Sri Lanka; and IPAR, Rwanda.) These five institutes chose to work on specific areas within their organizations in order to improve their overall organizational performance.
- To identify best practices in five think tank institutions to improve overall OD through action research
- The case studies and analysis chapters are being written and reviewed jointly within the group of five partner institutes and IDRC.
- Findings of the action research will be disseminated at the Book launch events
Lahore Press Coverage, 28 August 2014: