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From Science to Practice: The Missing Link

Presented by Ana María Loboguerrero at the ISPC Science Forum 2016, Addis Ababa, 12-14 April 2016

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From Science to Practice: The Missing Link

  1. 1. Ana María Loboguerrero Regional Program Leader for CCAFS Latin America From Science to Practice: The Missing Link Understanding impact delivery from agricultural research breakout session
  2. 2. How can science influence decision making processes? Formula for change Tools Information Farmers Private sector Producers associations Government Decision makers Better decisions Poverty Unemployment Climate Impacts Sustainable Development Environment International Agreements Economic Growth + + =
  3. 3. But it’s not that simple…
  4. 4. Science, Policy, Decisions: Information Chains Knowledge generation Knowledge “Translation” (Tailoring) Knowledge Application New research questions Research centers, Academia, NARS Decisions, policyBoundary organizations New knowledge demands Here are the main challenges: Need a “new type” of Scientist (Translator, Integrator) From Walter Baethgen (IRI)
  5. 5. Example: Information Chain in Disaster Risk Management Climate Science Climate Information Products Climate Information and Outputs for Disasters National Emergency System Local Implementation Photo: World Bank • When the links are not present: Create them • Solution is not to “skip links”, but to create/strengthen them
  6. 6. The example of Colombia Crop Modelers Weather Scientists Producers Organizations Farmers Millions of raw data Relationships between weather and production Make forecasts for the next crop season Inform what can be expected Key partners in the success of the process
  7. 7. Why do partnerships often fail? In this context… What is the role of partnerships? Are partnerships essential to reach scale?
  8. 8. My hypothesis And are the “missing link” when science doesn’t translate into practice PARTNERSHIPS are in the heart of the information chains
  9. 9. But partnerships need: Communication (translation) Trust Incentives
  10. 10. Sets of partners • Research partners • Public sector, inter- governmental and policy partners • Non-governmental development partners • Private sector partners Principles for AR4D • Allocate resources in three thirds – needs, research, capacity • Join in external processes • Sustain co-learning • Invest in, and monitor, capacity enhancement • Use research products to build scientific credibility
  11. 11. Financial institutions, the corporate world and civil society - all must uphold high standards of probity in their working. Only a genuine partnership between the Government and its people can bring about positive change to create a just society. Extracted from: Pratibha Patil
  12. 12. • What are the different ways of achieving impact at scale and how do we engage major change makers? (policy changes? Extension approaches? Big data approaches?) • What ways and models of working with partners are successful? (Trust? Going beyond lip service? Joint commitment? Communication?) • What are the incentives for coordinated action and what are the lessons learnt? Questions