Relationships between national government departments, donor agencies and the Young Lives study are integral to the success of linking research to policy and practice and the programme’s partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education TechnicalWorking Group (TWG) is no exception.
After being presented with preliminary findings from the Young Lives survey of schools in Ethiopia in late 2010, the TWG set up a special task force to work with the Young Lives team and other academics to provide guidance on issues of major policy concern and how they might be investigated using the schools survey data.
In a context where attribution difficulties mean we never have perfect proof that our research has led to policy change, Young Lives relationship with the Task Force re-emphasises the importance of continuous engagement with policy stakeholders throughout the research cycle – not just at the end.
Young Lives Impact and Learning - Case Study 2, 2 pp.
Building relationships to leverage change: Young Lives and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education