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Project Initiation Workshop

Methodology Workshop, ILRI, 21st February 2005

This methodology workshop was designed for people who will be involved in the case studies to introduce some of the approaches that can be used to evaluate policy impact.
The workshop included sessions on:

  • The RAPID Framework - an analytical tool to explore the wide range of factors that influence whether research results are likely to influence policy including the external environment, the political context, the evidence and the links between them.
  • A classical case study approach - tracking forward from specific research and related activities and assessment of impact.
  • An ODI-style Episode Study of a specific policy change - tracking back to identify key actors and decisions, and assess the relative importance of different factors, which might have included research-based evidence.
  • A retrospective outcome mapping - identifying changes in behaviour of key project stakeholders during the project, and analysing what was done, or happened to bring them about.

The participant’s handout includes method notes and examples of case studies, episode studies, outcome mapping and a retrospective "RAPID Outcome Assessment" tool that combines the episode study and outcome mapping approaches.

Two presentations were used during the workshop:

Other material presented during the workshop included Kitengela Site Activities  (A document describing activities at the Kitengela site by David ole Nkedianye) and Kitengela Outcome Mapping Jan 2004 (notes of a recent Outcome Mapping review) which were presented by Mohammed Said as an example of an ILRI project which is using Outcome Mapping.
Participants comments and discussions are presented in the Workshop Notes