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Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
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Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
Power In Between Conference Analysis
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Presentation by Catherine Fisher (IDS) on the themes emerging from the 2008 Power of In-between conference on the role of intermediaries in evidence-based pro-poor policy and practice. …

Presentation by Catherine Fisher (IDS) on the themes emerging from the 2008 Power of In-between conference on the role of intermediaries in evidence-based pro-poor policy and practice.

Presented at the 3rd I-K-Mediary workshop at the Institute of Development Studies, November 2009.

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  • 1. How research brokers and intermediaries support evidence-based pro-poor policy and practice An analysis of the Locating the Power of In-between Conference Catherine Fisher, Institute of Development Studies I-K-Mediary Workshop, Brighton 4 th November 09
  • 2. <ul><li>“ information intermediaries are not just one off, short term projects. They are a central and critical part of the development puzzle.” </li></ul>
  • 3. What we’ll cover <ul><li>Context of evidence based policy and practice </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the intermediaries in that picture? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>What contribution can intermediaries make? </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for intermediaries </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>“… the champion for the issues and ideas emerging from the conference will be the I-K-Mediary Network…” </li></ul>
  • 5. Context of evidence based policy and practice <ul><li>Evidence-based policy remains an aspiration if not a reality </li></ul><ul><li>Need to look beyond the research-policy connection </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion divided on whether plurality of evidence contributes to better decision making </li></ul>
  • 6. 1. An emerging picture: the intermediary as enabler of information flows <ul><li>Range of actors specifically concerned with info flows and knowledge sharing between actors </li></ul><ul><li>Less interested in specific outcomes or decisions </li></ul>
  • 7. 2. Established intermediaries have been joined by new kinds of hybrid intermediary actors <ul><li>Libraries, extension and media still important </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is an intermediary now! </li></ul><ul><li>But emergence of new, deliberate programmes that don’t fit into old categories </li></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>“ my understanding of intermediary roles has been blown up! There are horizontal roles, vertical roles, one-way, two-way, multi-way, 360 degrees” </li></ul>
  • 9. 3. A range of intermediary roles – engaged and behind the scenes <ul><li>Just in case and just in time </li></ul><ul><li>Both roles needed to make a difference </li></ul>
  • 10. 4. The origins of intermediary actors matter and shape how the role is played <ul><li>Librarians, extension workers, researchers interpret and play the role differently </li></ul><ul><li>Cross fertilisation of ideas is powerful! </li></ul>
  • 11. 5. No universal acceptance that knowledge and information intermediaries are required <ul><li>Some thought direct connections were more important, no need for brokers </li></ul><ul><li>Others question value of multiple perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Just a new bunch of jobs? </li></ul>
  • 12. Intermediaries contribution
  • 13. 1. Making information edible <ul><li>Summarising, synthesising or translating </li></ul><ul><li>Switching communication channels </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to info needs </li></ul>
  • 14. 2. Enabling access <ul><li>Digitising information </li></ul><ul><li>Preserving information </li></ul><ul><li>Organising information </li></ul>
  • 15. 3. Creating demand for information <ul><li>Promoting value of research </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy/capabilities </li></ul>
  • 16. 4. Creating alternative framings <ul><li>Bringing together non-mainstream material /voices </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting different ways of seeing an issue </li></ul>
  • 17. 5. Supporting marginalised voices to be heard <ul><li>Showcasing less prominent voices </li></ul><ul><li>Searching out less obvious material </li></ul><ul><li>Using leverage to create spaces for engagement </li></ul>
  • 18. 6. Making connections between different spheres of action <ul><li>Between policy formulation, implementation and evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Between different disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Between policy, community and academia </li></ul>
  • 19. Intermediaries contribution
  • 20. Discussion questions: <ul><li>What examples do you know of this different kind of contribution? </li></ul><ul><li>In which areas is your service active and how? </li></ul><ul><li>Are there types of contribution missing? </li></ul>
  • 21. Recommendations for intermediaries <ul><li>Go beyond being a repository </li></ul><ul><li>Engage with political nature of the role </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate for info flows </li></ul><ul><li>Develop standards and professionalise the role </li></ul>
  • 22. <ul><li>Remember… </li></ul><ul><li>“… the champion for the issues and ideas emerging from the conference will be the I-K-Mediary Network…” </li></ul><ul><li>Lets discuss! </li></ul>

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