IPA’s theory of action for evidence uptake

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Innovations for Poverty Action recently released their 2025 Strategic Ambition.  One thing that really stood out to me in this document is a much stronger focus on ensuring that research results can actually be accessed, understood, and put into practice by policymakers.  Interestingly, they focus not only on building strong and ongoing relationships with policymakers, but also on encouraging donors to provide funding for the implementation of research-based policies.

I think this is a really important step towards acknowledging that policymakers face lots of constraints in using research results, and we need to move beyond ideas like “hold more dissemination conferences” to overcome them.  Check out the whole list of recommendations below.

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