Stimulating Demand for Research Evidence: What Role for Capacity‐building?

  • Kirsty Newman
  • Catherine Fisher
  • Louise Shaxson
Volume 43 Number 5
Published: September 12, 2012
There has been a great deal of interest in recent years in supporting evidence‐informed policymaking in developing countries. In particular, there have been efforts to build the capacity of researchers and research intermediaries to supply appropriately packaged research information (for example in the form of policy briefs) to policymakers. While supply of research information is important, it will only be used to inform policy if it is accessed, valued and understood by policymakers. In this article, we discuss our understanding of demand for research from policymakers; the capacities which underlie it; and how these might be supported.
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