While we know of a lot about research–policy links in rich countries, there has been very little systematic work on those in the rest of the world. This article reports on the process, findings and implications of an initiative to collect and analyse 50 summary case studies on research–policy links from developing and transition countries. The discussion is structured around a framework of three interlinked domains: context, evidence, links. The article also refers to other issues that emerge from the case studies, particularly the role of external influences and donors. Finally, it emphasises the impor tance of translating the findings into practical recommendations for policy makers, donors and researchers.
Julius Court conducted this work while a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London but has recently joined the Department for International Development as a governance adviser. John Young is a research fellow at ODI and head of the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme at the ODI. RAPID aims to improve the use of research in development policy and practice through improved knowledge about research–policy links; improved knowledge management, learning systems and better communication; and capacity development and partnerships. For further information and material, see www.odi.org.uk/rapid. Questions and comments can be addressed to email@example.com. We are very grateful to the three anonymous reviewers and the following for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper: Erik Blytt, Fred Carden, Ingie Hovland, Simon Maxwell, Desmond McNeill, Lyn Squire and Diane Stone.
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