North-South Centre

North-South Forum

How can research findings be transferred into policy and practice in international development?

Date: 5 May 2009, 8:30–12:45 h

Location: ETH Zurich, Main Building, Semperaula, Rämistrasse 101, Zurich

Programme (PDF, 305 KB) and presentations

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From research to implementation

Many research projects are carried out on subjects that are directly relevant
to policy and practice in international development. Yet, how much of the
research results actually find their way to implementation in policy and
practice instead of merely staying within the academic community that
produced them?

Research for development is not just driven by scientific curiosity. Rather, it
strives for contributing to sustainable development and for improving the
living conditions in developing countries. The transfer of research findings
into policy and practice is thus at the heart of research for development.
However, moving from lab or field experiments, or a case study into full-scale
implementation of research results remains a major challenge for most
research projects.

The second North-South Forum addresses this challenge. Improving and
speeding up the implementation of research findings into policy and practice
has become a research topic in its own right. Evidence demonstrates that
linking research, policy and practice is not a linear process, but is shaped by
multiple relations between the different spheres and stakeholder groups.
The focus is on two-way communication between research and policy and
practice. To get research into use we have to better understand how new
knowledge can be adopted or disseminated. Such an innovation system is
shaped by social, cultural, political, organisational, institutional and legal
factors, which determine the behaviour of the key actors involved.

Free entrance, no registration required, conference language is English. 


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