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Resources from ODI's Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme:

Based on over five years of theoretical and case study research, ODI's Research and Policy in Development Group has developed a simple analytical framework and a range of practical tools that can help researchers to make better use of research-based evidence in development policy and practice. Full details can be found on the RAPID website.

A RAPID briefing paper outlines the analytical and practical framework developed by the programme - a framework that has formed the basis for case study analysis under the Process and Partnership for Pro-Poor Policy Change.



RAPID has produced a wide range of on-line and printed information, publications and toolkits to help researchers, policymakers and practitioners maximize the impact of research-based evidence on policy. The toolkits include:

Mapping Political Context: A Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations. Robert Nash, Alan Hudson and Cecilia Luttrell, July 2006.
This toolkit introduces a series of tools that have been designed to map various dimensions of political context. The tools have been selected because they cover a wide variety of political dimensions. As such, they provide a menu of different approaches to mapping political context; CSOs and others can select from this menu and make use of the tools according to their own needs.

Tools for Knowledge and Learning: A guide for development and humanitarian organisations. Ben Ramalingam, July 2006.
This toolkit covers a wide range of tools and methods that have been used to facilitate improved knowledge and learning in the development and humanitarian sectors. They are divided into five categories: Strategy Development; Management Techniques; Collaboration Mechanisms; Knowledge Sharing and Learning Processes; and Knowledge Capture and Storage.

A Toolkit for Progressive Policymakers in Developing Countries. Sophie Sutcliffe and Julius Court, January 2006 The aim of this toolkit is to identify lessons and approaches from EBP in the UK which may be valuable for developing countries. The approaches and tools presented are based on the assumption that the reader is a progressive policymaker in a developing country, and one who is interested in utilising EBP. The intended audience is made up of policymakers and policy advisers in the public sector, rather than those working within the private sector or civil society.

Successful Communication: A Toolkit for Researchers and Civil Society Organisations Ingie Hovland, October 2005
This handbook presents work in progress on communication tools, specifically geared towards the needs of researchers in civil society organisations. The tools are grouped under the headings of Planning, Packaging, Targeting and Monitoring tools.


Tools for Policy Impact: A Handbook for Researchers Daniel Start and Ingie Hovland, October 2004
This handbook presents work-in-progress on tools for policy impact, specifically geared towards the needs of researchers. The tools are grouped under the headings Research Tools, Context Assessment Tools, Communication Tools, and Policy Influence Tools.