NextGen eNewsletter December 2017
Table of Contents
- Message from the team
- Get Involved
- NextGen Past Events
Getting the word out How to Improve
Rethinking Research Partnerships: Discussion
Guide and Toolkit
- Evidence isn't just for policy makers
- If academics are serious about research impact, they need to learn from advocates
- How can NGOs get better at using evidence to influence governments and companies?
- A new funding opportunity to support research partnerships in Canada!
- Rethinking Research Partnerships: Discussion
The last three months have been busy and exciting for the Next Generation program, and we are already close
to completing our first year.
To better understand the Canadian ecosystem, we did a literature review of best practices in academic-practitioner collaboration, along with key
recommendations. We also invited CCIC and CASID members to share their experiences in terms of collaboration through a survey and several consultations. Now that we know
the situation in Canada, we are doing a comparative analysis with the US context to find out ways to create, manage, and measure value in partnerships. More of this work will be shared in early
2018. Testing new models of collaborations will also be a big part of our work in the upcoming months. We want to learn from existing initiatives!
The past few months, we also created great learning opportunities! At CCIC’s annual conference,
we co-organized with CASID four different panels based on academic and CSO collaboration, including how to use research to influence policy and innovative ways to collaborate. The conference was an ideal platform to obtain new ideas from those currently experiencing
In this edition, you will learn more about our new tool - the NextGen database – to encourage researchers, CSOs, journalists, students, and policy-makers to engage with Global development specialists.
It is already garnering lots of attention! We also profile publications and tools from similar initiatives, like a Discussion Guide and Toolkit for Rethinking Research Partnerships, co-lead
by Jude Fransman from the UK’s Open University and Kate Newman from Christian Aid. Duncan Green, Oxfam GB' strategic advisor, also published several articles on NGO-academic relations and the use of evidence in policy-making.
We hope the tools and information are useful. If you have any ideas or suggestions to improve our program, please write us to email@example.com . Spread
The Next Generation Team
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If you are not following us yet, make sure to search for us @nextGen4Dev and see how to get involved and learn the latest news on research collaborations!
If you haven’t joined our NextGen
database, do so soon!
On Wednesday September 27th, at the 2017 CCIC Annual Conference in Ottawa, the Next Generation
Program launched the NextGen Database. The NextGen Database has been developed as a commitment to
promoting collaboration in research and knowledge exchange. If
you are a researcher, this database will ALLOW YOU TO UPDATE AND PROMOTE
your current areas of research focus. The Database also
PROVIDES AN ACCESSIBLE PORTAL into your work to other
Canadian academics, media, government, and civil society organisations.
What is the NextGen Database?
Funded by Global Affairs Canada and the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), the NextGen Database is
a fully-searchable, bilingual, online,
public database that includes Canadian researchers
from universities, colleges, institutes, think-tanks and civil society organizations working on international development and humanitarian assistance. Researchers are classified according to areas of focus - topics, countries, regions, demographics, etc.
How big is it?
The NextGen Database currently boasts approximately 500 profiles and counting. Researchers are affiliated with over 80 well-respected institutions across Canada. The more people know about it, the larger it will become!
What are you waiting for?
"This is one of those things whose usefulness is so obvious you have to wonder why it has only taken shape now."
Former President of CASID
"While I was working for research centres, we used to receive calls from journalists asking for experts to reach when political crises or natural disasters occurred. With the NextGen Database, media will have an access point to a vast repertory of Canadian
Program Officer of Next Generation
Are you a practitioner who has been collaborating with academics in
Or, are you an academic who has been collaborating with practitioners in international development?
Participate in our case studies! We want to learn from your story. Please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org by
January 31st 2018
If you are already working collaboratively with CSOs or academics and would like to share what you've learned, we want to hear from you!
We are offering a space in CCIC blog Development Unplugged on the Huffington Post to publish reflections on best practices and reflections on research collaborations, using research to influence policy, innovative ways to work together, etc.
The Next Generation organized the CASID PhD school 2017 on September 25th and 26th. The school had 14 PhD students who came from Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Boston, USA. This year's Phd School was closely tight to the
Next generation program and aimed to create synergies between students and practitioners working on shared interests.
Read more about the PhD School
CASID PhD school participants and ELN members had the opportunity to attend a special breakfast
discussion with the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva.
“Research is organized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. Research is organized
passion. Both academics and CSOs have plenty of passion and plenty of curiosities. Now it is a matter of bringing that passion and curiosity together for the broader benefit of society.”
Closing Speech at CCIC's Conference
On September 27th & 28th, the 2017 CCIC annual conference brought
together over 270 stakeholders from international development and humanitarian civil society organizations (CSOs), academics and researchers, key government officials and policy makers for 2 days of keynotes, workshops, and networking events. The conference
was organized in partnership with the Canadian Association for the study of International Development (CASID) and Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and tackled the most pressing opportunities and challenges facing the Canadian global development sector.
The Conference, INFLUENCE, INSPIRE, INNOVATE focused
on the potential of new policy directions in a rapidly changing domestic and international context.
This year the Next Generation Program organized four panels in CCIC's conference, with over 20 speakers, split between CSOs and academic or research institutions. It created a space for researchers
and practitioners to discuss thought-provoking themes to influence, inspire and innovate.
Innovative models of CSO academic collaboration
The workshop discussed different models of collaboration: from communities of practice and bridging platforms, to participatory and collaborative Monitoring and Evaluation, to publishing platforms.
Watch the video!
Canadian CSO-academic collaborations: Looking back and moving forward
This panel explored best practices from a recent pan Canadian survey, and compared them to a similar consultation from five years ago. It also drew on the audience’s own experience around cross-sector collaboration.
Using research for policy impact
Pairs of academics and practitioners explored their experiences in agriculture and food security, women, peace and security, and human rights.
Multi-Stakeholder partnerships: new politics and modalities
This round-table created a dialogue on "multi-stakeholder partnerships" and policies around them. It discussed
how can research on the new "politics" of partnerships be more relevant to CSOs, policy makers, and private foundations?
On Saturday November 11th, the Next Generation organized a breakfast discussion with Duncan Green, a strategic adviser for Oxfam GB and author of ‘From
Poverty to Power’ and ‘How Change Happens.’ We have been closely following Mr. Green
latest publications on NGO-Academic relations in
his daily blog.
Mr. Green presented strategies on how to implement research into policy. He suggested the best ways to engage targets, and ways that are not effective to engage targets. He also mentioned that the best way to reach collaboration between academics and practitioners
is to build relationships, which take some time to build.
This event gathered together participants from CCIC, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Association for the
Study of International Development (CASID), World Universities of Canada (WUSC), the Federation for Humanities and Social Science, and MATCH International Women's Fund.
Read more from Duncan Green
On October 24th, the Next Generation program co-organized a workshop on 'The
Role of Academia in Helping Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' with the University of Calgary and Bow Valley College for Together 2017. On October 31st and November 1st the Next Generation’s program officer, Andréanne Martel, was
invited to present the report ‘Improving our Collaborations for Better Development Outcomes’
in Vancouver at the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and Simon Fraser University. Both events were a very good opportunity to disseminate the NextGen recent publication and to invite researchers from the west coast to join the
Mr. Emmanuel Raufflet, professor at HEC Montréal and Next Generation program’s Steering Committee member,
was invited to present the Next Generation Program at the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia in Spain. His presentation was titled ‘University -NGO collaborations: lessons from Canada’.
In this section you will find interesting tools, publications, blogs and funding opportunities on research
Evidence and the politics of participation in academic-INGO research partnerships from the UK.
“This discussion guide and toolkit provides ideas and approaches to enable you to think through your research partnerships; to encourage you to critically engage with issues
such as the roles different actors play in partnership; and what types of evidence are valued, used and produced.”
Here are three blogs we liked... We hope you will too!
Louise Ball, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), November 23rd 2017
"Influencing a key policy decision is often seen as the holy grail of international development research. We all want positive change and policy influence is a really important part of that process. But the idea that this is all that matters when it comes to
evidence use in international development is a myth. Sustainable development progress requires evidence-informed decision-making throughout policy and practice."
Duncan Green, From Poverty to Power blog, July 4th 2017
"As someone who works for both Oxfam and the LSE, I often get roped in to discuss how research can have more impact on ‘practitioners’ and policy. This is a big deal in academia – the UK government runs a periodic ‘research
excellence framework’ (REF) exercise, which allocates funds for university research on the basis both of their academic quality and their impact. Impact accounted for 20% in the last REF, which reported in 2014, and I’m told could get an even
greater weighting in the next one, in 2021. That means hundreds of millions of quid are at stake, so universities are trying to get better at achieving and measuring impact (or at least looking like they are!) as they start to prepare for the next round of
Duncan Green, from Poverty to Power blog, October 26th 2017
"This week I attended an ‘Evidence for Influencing’ conference in the Netherlands. A couple of Oxfam
colleagues had started planning it as a small event, and then found such interest in the topic that it mushroomed to 150 people over 2 days, roughly divided between Oxfammers and others (NGOs, media, academia)."
"My overall impression was that campaigners, academics and governments are all struggling with the link between evidence and influencing. It’s a bit like teenage sex –
everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it with great expertise and having a fine old time, and that it’s just you that has no idea what you’re doing….."
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) SSHRC launched in June 2017 a new grant to
"provide short-term and timely support for partnered research activities that will inform decision-making at a single partner organization from the public, private or not-for-profit sector. " The next application deadlines are December 15th 2017
and March 15th 2018.
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