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, http://scienceincommunity.wordpress.com/

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Bridging Policy & Research

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

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