This looks at the power dynamics that are part of any hope for policy change: Who supports the change, who might block it, and who are the people who influence these actors? Identify the actors most relevant to the policy change you want to see and seek to influence them. If you are familiar with the behavioural pattern of governments, political parties and policymakers, you are better able to influence their behaviour and policy. 4. But in most cases, the timing of your research paper may not coincide with an important policy issue. Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, Lead Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab and Chief Economists Office. 2. 5. If you continue to navigate this website beyond this page, cookies will be placed on your browser. 4. The global WOMAN trial, which we co-funded, showed that tranexamic acid (TXA) can prevent almost one in three maternal deaths caused by severe bleeding if it’s given within three hours of birth. Over the years, the healthcare system has changed significantly and it is still changing. If we want policy impact, we have to track policy debates and insert the evidence when the topic is needed. Contrary to popular belief, relatively few people in government are actually stupid. Public policies that seek to address these challenges will only work if the choices made by decision-makers, technical or political, are informed by the best available evidence. 6. 8. How to use evidence to influence policy? Policies are most effective if those affected are consulted are supportive and have the opportunity to consider and discuss the potential implications of the policy. 6. And finally, “the messenger can be as important as the message.” It doesn’t always have to be the researcher who goes out and communicates results; key allies may be better placed to deliver the word. But it can also involve asking questions that you know are relevant to current policy debates (and answering them before the debates have concluded). It can produce good evidence to inform local, national and international policy that, in turn, has the potential to transform lives for the better. Thus, for the betterment of the system, nurses should adapt to these changes. “Identify the actors with the power to change policy, and the actors able to influence policymakers.” Government ministers, their advisors, the broader public, and many actors in between have a role to play in influencing policy. Check it out, then go forth and co-produce research questions with decisionmakers, “stay agile, engage with policymakers readily and continuously, respond quickly to events, test and learn from your strategies.” Easy, right? The work of the researchers we fund can influence policy guidelines. “Identify the actors with the power to change policy, and the actors able to influence policymakers.” Government ministers, their advisors, the broader public, and many actors in between have a role to play in influencing policy. This may involve recycling material later or using midline results when policy debates arise before we arrive at the end of the evaluation. They do research and then tell people about it. Groups influence policy. 1. By Jonn Elledge. Headline numbers like that can be useful for pushing an issue into public debate. Around the world, we are facing enormous challenges. 7. It has an added benefit, as described by economist Amy Ando recently: “Many academics are trained to think about unidirectional public engagement. “One of the least effective ways to use research for influence is to write a paper and then ask ‘right, who do I send it to?’” Making sure that your published paper gets into the right hands is worthwhile, but it’s far more effective to design research with policy impact in mind.