For Young Lives in Ethiopia to strengthen the connections between research, policy and practice the team needed to identify an approach which could bring together different actors in a way which was participatory, inclusive and acknowledged the multidirectional nature of the policy engagement process.
Recognising the importance of engaging with key decision-makers at an early stage, Young Lives held two consultation exercises to solicit the advice of government and non-government stakeholders for a study on vulnerability. Outcomes included the facilitation of policy discussion and collaboration between groups who had never worked together before and the launch of the Child Research and Practice Forum – a place for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to meet and talk about new research.
By convening these events, Young Lives has played an active role in improving the relationships between research, policy and action in Ethiopia. Thanks to its involvement in the Forum, Young Lives is now able to link up with new partners, including government departments and international and local NGOs to increase the impact of its policy activities.
Young Lives Impact and Learning - Case Study 1, 2 pp.