Workshop Trade-off Analysis - CGIAR_21 Feb 2013_Group discussion_3.Researcher’s role_Laurence Jassogne

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Workshop Trade-off Analysis - CGIAR_21 Feb 2013_Group discussion_3.Researcher’s role_Laurence Jassogne

  1. 1. Researcher’srole and tools in innovation processKatrien, Pablo, Santiago, Lieven, Bernard, Pablo, Bruno, Catherine, Laurence, Yigezu
  2. 2. Roles:Researcherbeing part of the research systemWheredoes the researcher position himself(facilitating vs observing)Research in development vs research for developmentInstitutional arrangements are the framework of how youseeresearch and development –researchertoo central in innovation processAre researchers flexible enough to addressproblemsthat come up? You are locked in yourlog(lock)frame / canresearchersstill come withtheirownideas or demand-driven?Actorscan use researchers to get to their goal – passtheir messageImpact pathways -> a lot of trade-offs /equityneutral interventions/ genderneutralinterventions ->canbe a tool for theory of change
  3. 3. Tools:Translatingtools in practicalthingsthat people can use otherwisesame people gettingbetterToolis a means to achievesth, but need to betrained, what do wewant to achieve?Theory of change in industry, but what about agriculture? There is commercial agriculture atone end but an enormous group at the other end.Trade-offanalysisis a process, youlearn a lot during the process. Careful not to reflecttoomuch.Trial and error, engage withactorsKnowledgewithoutaccess to the toolsyouneedcanbeveryfrustratingPeople are adopting but theirlivelihoods are not improving
  4. 4. Communication:How do youcommunicate to people that are not receptive, are not interested in theintellectualprocessYou need to know whatisdrivingtheirbehaviorTrade-offs ->conflicting objectives atdifferentscalesWeneed to makeknowledge transparent,formalizeknowledgeInnovation processes: you have to start all overagain in a new locationEngage actors in the process if youwant to communicateLong time process -> 10 years (GATES) otherdonorsdependent on politics / reformsog CGIAR
  5. 5. Communication toolsMaterialthatisuseful for farmers – shambashake-upsOur roleis not training the farmers but training the trainersCommunicatingwith people that are responsible for implementing the policy not only thepolicymakersWorkwith people that are interested in making the change (ex. Rwanda, decisionsmakers areoftenscientists)Complexis cool vs. Gettinglost in complexity: for communication, simplify but not simplistic
  6. 6. Blue skyChanging the scale of research and experimentation – experimentaleconomy – randomizedcontrol trialsMapping innovation processesStudy the researchprocess – learningfromwhatwe are doing – impact pathwaysAnalyse if trade-offanalysisisdoingsomething for people

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