Policy Advocacy (ICPA) is a newly established non-governmental
organisation which supports the development of effective advocacy
skills for those who work on improving policy choices in democracies in
transition. We provide capacity development to those who produce policy
research (e.g. think tanks, research centres, universities) and those
who wish to use evidence in their advocacy campaigns (e.g. NGOs,
Associations, Watch Dogs, Governmental bodies) to ensure reseach
results are communicated and used effectively in policy decision-making.
We are a newly established independent organisation but not a new initiative; ICPA is the continuation of a programme that existed for a decade as part of the Local Government and Public Service Reform Initiative (LGI) of the Open Society Foundations, Budapest.
|To support this capacity
development, the ICPA team provides a combination of:
To strengthen the role of inclusive and evidence-informed decision making in democracies in transition by supporting advocates who use policy research evidence to effectively plan their communication and engagement in the policy making process to influence decisions.
ADVOCACY GUIDEBOOK AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
Making Research Evidence Matter: A Guide to Policy Advocacy in Transition Countries
(Young and Quinn, 2012)
This new guide is a practical resource for those interested in designing and conducting effective evidence-informed advocacy campaigns in challenging contexts, where the demand for applied research is low. It is a sister publication to the well-received manual “Writing Effective Public Policy Papers” (2002) by the same authors.
“The shared expertise and comparative framework of the International Centre for Policy Advocacy means that it is perfectly placed to offer insight into the policy process generally and sharpen the impact of policy papers in particular. I’m convinced that this book is set to become an essential part of the advocates’ toolkit.”
Professor Andrew Russell, Chair of Politics, University of Manchester, UK
Download a full PDF of the Policy Advocacy Guidebook here [1.4MB PDF file]
|FIRST ICPA POLICY
BRIEF JUST PUBLISHED
ICPA Meta Brief No.1 –
Fuss, flaws and frameworks: A case for commitment to advocacy planning.
In our first Meta Brief in the series, we argue that one of the key obstacles that holds back the influence of policy research evidence in the region has been the view of advocacy as a process of transfer of expertise, rather than one of carefully planned engagement in the persuasion and negotiation process which lead to a policy decision. To support planning of this type of engagement, we provide a practical tool called the “Advocacy Planning Framework”.
Download a PDF of the ICPA MetaBrief No. 1 here [2.6MB PDF file]
This is the first version of our website to announce our new organisation and to support the release of the new advocacy guidebook. We are planning in the near future to provide:
|Contact: Lisa Quinn - firstname.lastname@example.org ¦ Eóin Young - email@example.com|