Contributing to evidence-based policy making: IPMS approach


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Presented by Ranjitha Puskur, Mekelle, Ethiopia, 31 August 2006.

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Contributing to evidence-based policy making: IPMS approach

  1. 1. Contributing to evidence-based Policy making – IPMS approach Ranjitha Puskur IPMS, ILRI 31 August 2006 Mekelle, Ethiopia
  2. 2. Project goal <ul><li>To contribute to improved agricultural productivity and production as a means for achieving improved and sustainable livelihoods for the rural population </li></ul><ul><ul><li>through market-oriented agricultural development </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Project purpose <ul><li>To strengthen the effectiveness of the Government’s effort to transform agricultural productivity and production, and rural development in Ethiopia from subsistence to market orientation. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Project objectives <ul><li>Strengthen and test gender sensitive innovative knowledge management system for market oriented agricultural development </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen and test gender sensitive innovative capacity of public and private agricultural institutions and individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce gender sensitive technology and institutional innovations for production, input output marketing and rural finance in PLWs for market oriented agricultural development </li></ul><ul><li>Develop and promote gender sensitive recommendations on technology and institutional innovations </li></ul>
  6. 6. Present IPMS roles <ul><li>Development : initiate, facilitate and implement technology and institutional innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Research : initiate, facilitate and implement research to understand and analyse technology and institutional innovations and the influencing factors </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion : initiate, facilitate and implement promotion of successful technology and institutional innovations and processes </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pilot Learning Woredas
  8. 8. Evidence <ul><li>Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Credibility </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understandability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Participatory analytical process Sub-sector-focused Innovation Process Research / Development Private Sector Government
  10. 10. Communication <ul><li>Research can only affect policy in a significant way if it is appropriately communicated. </li></ul><ul><li>Research results need to be well understood by key stakeholders and have to reach them before decisions have been taken. </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple approaches need to be pursued. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Communication <ul><li>Clear strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Packaging </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple approaches </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing is believing </li></ul>
  12. 12. Messages <ul><li>Context, location and time specific messages </li></ul><ul><li>Some broad-themed messages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The role of the Ethiopian extension system should be as a knowledge broker and facilitator and not as input supplier. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The role of the private sector in Ethiopian agriculture development should be increased dramatically if we are to bring sustainable and market-oriented agricultural development. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Audience <ul><li>Primary ( organizations with which IPMS deals directly and presumably will have mandates to scale-up and scale-out the outcomes of the IPMS project) </li></ul><ul><li>The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Bureaus of Agriculture & Rural Development </li></ul><ul><li>Woreda Bureaus of Agriculture and Rural Development </li></ul><ul><li>National and Regional Agricultural Research Institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Higher education institutions in agriculture and extension </li></ul><ul><li>International agricultural research institutes </li></ul>
  14. 14. Audience <ul><li>Secondary (entities and communities the project usually reaches through the facilitation of the primary audience members ) </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers and pastoralists </li></ul><ul><li>Private sector entrepreneurs (traders, shop keepers, para-vets etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in extension development </li></ul><ul><li>Community-based organizations (CBOs) </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>A continual dialogue through a variety of communications vehicles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal dialogues with national policy makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement with mass media to influence policy making via public opinion and its shapers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communications to be pursued as a continuous activity between key stakeholder groups and researchers </li></ul>
  16. 16. Communications spectrum <ul><li>Printed material </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Brochure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Working Paper Series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success Stories Series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commodities Sheets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar??? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular articles (a weekly or monthly column) in local newspapers </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Communications spectrum <ul><li>Electronic Media </li></ul><ul><li>Project website </li></ul><ul><li>e-Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Success clips - video production </li></ul><ul><li>Regular program on national or regional radio </li></ul><ul><li>Public service announcements (Regular 1, 2, or 3 minute radio or TV spots that communicate a single message repeatedly – something like an advert with a twist) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Communications spectrum <ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Technology Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Board Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Group Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Research Management Group </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship of Annual Awards for Best Performing Woredas, Farmers, Private Sector upholding/exemplifying “Market-oriented Development Agendas” </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsoring a permanent showcase (Agricultural Hall of Fame) at MoARD’s new building or somewhere else that promotes market-orientation and self-sufficiency </li></ul>
  19. 19. Communications spectrum <ul><li>Government Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Informal One-to-one Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship of portions of targeted government events, meetings </li></ul>
  20. 20. Links <ul><li>Feedback processes and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Links with key stakeholders – communities, networks, intermediaries </li></ul><ul><li>Links with advocacy partners – importance of individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative research </li></ul>
  21. 21. Stakeholders Stakeholders National Advisory and learning committee IPMS Project Team Strategies, interventions and policies Project level organisation Regional Advisory and learning committee Research Development Officer Woreda Advisory and learning committee Research Development Officer Project Advisory committee
  22. 22. FG FG FG IPMS RDO Facilitator PA/ Coop BDS HIV Research Market support Micro Finance Traders / entrepreneur Women’s affairs BDS FG FG FG FG FG FG FG FG FG FG FG FG Min Ext Co-ops promotion ? Input supply BDS Farmer groups Development agencies / implementation group BDS Woreda Advisory And learning committee NGO’s Woreda level organisation of IPMS PA/ Coop PA/ Coop
  23. 23. Political context <ul><li>Understand agenda of policy makers and constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare for opportunities in regular policy processes </li></ul><ul><li>Look out for and react to unexpected policy windows </li></ul>
  24. 24. Challenges encountered <ul><li>High turn over of development staff, which makes institutional project ownership difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Insufficient buy in/understanding from administration </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>