Policy Influence

PRCI’s focus on policy influence starts with the competitive process for selecting Centers for Policy Leadership.  In their application, these centers will conduct a self-assessment of their position within their local and regional policy system and outline what capacities they need to operate more effectively in it, bringing their research to bear on policy decision-making.  This focus will continue in the local stakeholder consultations that each selected center will do, when they elicit views of a wide range of stakeholders on local policy priorities, and research that needs to be done to inform them.  The focus on policy influence will then be deepened as PRCI leadership works with these centers to develop concrete capacity strengthening plans for improving their research capacity for policy influence, at which point they will receive grants to implement these plans.  By participating in the annual research conferences of ReNAPRI, centers will be able to share their experience and gather broader input.  Through quarterly check-ins with PRCI- and ReNAPRI leadership, the centers will regularly assess their progress including their impact on local policy processes and decision-making.