Bridging Policy & Research

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Presented by Mammusa Rantsoti-Lekoa (Policy Liaison Officer) at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

Presented by Mammusa Rantsoti-Lekoa (Policy Liaison Officer) at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

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  • 1. Bridging Policy & Research Mammusa Rantsoti-Lekoa Policy Liaison Officer
  • 2. Outline
    • Background
    • Policy Defined
    • History of Policy liaison
    • PLO tasks
    • Tools used
    • Initiatives with Govt Departments
    • New Initiatives
    • Conclusion: Challenges, Successes
  • 3. Background
    • An evident gap between policy & research
    • Policy Liaison Office(PLO) establishment to bridge the gap
    • Assigned with specific tasks
  • 4. Public Policy " The term public policy always refers to the actions of government and the intentions that determine those actions ". -Clarke E. Cochran, et al. " Public policy is the outcome of the struggle in government over who gets what ". -Clarke E. Cochran, et al. Public policy is " Whatever governments choose to do or not do ". -Thomas Dye " Public policy consists of political decisions for implementing programs to achieve societal goals ". -Charles L. Cochran and Eloise F. Malone " Stated most simply, public policy is the sum of government activities, whether acting directly or through agents, as it has an influence on the life of citizens ". -B. Guy Peters
  • 5. Policy A policy is a deliberate plan of action to guide decisions and achieve rational outcome(s). The term may apply to government, private sector organizations and groups, and individuals Policy Maker : someone who decides what an organization's or government's policies will be
  • 6. History of Policy Liaison
    • Joint initiative between Africa Centre (AC) & Agincourt – grant applications & supervision
    • Responsibilities
      • Familiarise policy makers with data/information from the Centre relevant to their policy and programme needs
      • Working with the Centre scientists to most effectively present data to policy makers and service providers
  • 7. Cont..
      • Developing effective and enduring relationships with national, provincial and district governments as well as NGOs, civil society groups, international agencies and funding organisations
      • Proactively promoting the policy influencing value of the Centre’s work with policy makers and programme leaders
      • Responding swiftly and effectively to policy maker’s requests for information and data
  • 8. Tools
    • Scientific Meetings
    • Policy Forums
    • Seminars
    • Policy Dialogues
    • Workshops
    • Others: Science open day, Gala Dinners,
  • 9. Levels of Government
    • Local level (Municipal level)
    • District & Regional
    • Provincial Level
    • National Level
    • Other stakeholders: NGO’s, civil societies,
  • 10. Initiatives with Govt.
    • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Social Development (DSD)
    • Invite other members of social cluster
    • MoU with local Department of Health – ART programme
  • 11. New initiatives
    • Develop Prevention Research Network
    • Researchers, Policy makers, lobbyists, professional organizations, media practitioners & other relevant stakeholders
    • To achieve a common goal
  • 12. Conclusion
    • Successes
      • Vertical Transmission Study
      • Mortality decline from surveillance are (DSA)
    • Challenges
      • Busy schedules
      • Stimulating researchers interest
      • Food for thought
        • An independent body- who pays for operations
        • Be part of the other body- will it work better if its part of policy structure or research structure?
  • 13. Thank you!!!
  • 14. Questions?
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