Module 41: Strategies for Drawing Valid Policy Implications from Research Findings


This module contains a video recording of the training session and PDF slides. The training took place on November 28, 2023. 

This training module is the third part of the PRCI Research-to-Policy (R2P) training. PRCI has provided several policy communication trainings: (1) Foundations of policy communication and overview of different outreach activities methods and (2) Reaching online audiences and public profiles. A third training offers a practical session on how to draw valid policy implications from research findings. The goal is for trainees to be able to draw plausible and defensible policy implications from one’s empirical results.  

The agenda covered in this training session include:  

  1. The definitions of a policy and public policy  
  2. Discussion on policies in government  
  3. Policy process and policy making cycle 
  4. Discussion on policy actors and power 
  5. R2P gap manifestation and stereotypes 
  6. Assumptions about decision making 
  7. Varied inputs to policymaking  
  8. Differences between research and policy processes 
  9. Multiple streams and policy change 
  10. Group discussion and questions  


Kristin Davis (IFPRI), Madina M. Guloba (EPRC), Benjamin Oyelami (PiLAF), Nicole Mason-Wardell (MSU), Veronique Theriault (MSU), Yeyoung Lee (MSU)

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