Daniel Start and Ingie Hovland
Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme, Overseas Development Institute 2004
Available online as PDF file [72p.] at: http://www.odi.org.uk/RAPID/Publications/Documents/Tools_handbook_final_web.pdf
"….The number of think tanks worldwide has expanded rapidly over the last two decades as government becomes more receptive to evidence-based policy solutions and seeks new solutions in rapidly changing political environments. Think tank-like organisations continue to spring up all across the world, as off-shoots of university departments, programme evaluation and policy divisions of NGOs, or independent consultancies. What they all have in common is a wish to capture the political imagination; they aim to use their insight to have political impact.
This handbook addresses various factors that need to be considered in this process, and provides a comprehensive selection of tools that can be used when attempting to turn research into policy influence…
…. The Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme has four main themes:
• The use of evidence in policy identification, development and implementation;
• Improving communication and information systems for development agencies;
• How better knowledge management can enhance the impact of development agencies;
• Promotion and capacity building for evidence-based policy……..."