KEY DOCUMENTS FROM THE PROJECT
1. Research capacity of relatively small countries in Latin America/Caribbean: Mapping/Diagnostic Studies. A Synthesis Report. December 23, 2015 Joseph Hoffman, Andrea Ordóñez, Jorge Benavides.
Abstract: This mapping study is part of the initial stage of a Global Development Network (GDN) program supported by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) that aims to strengthen the research capabilities of institutions in 17 relatively small countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Central to achieving the outcomes of the program, and indeed its point of departure, is a mapping/diagnostic study that identifies actors and issues relevant to research capacity and its contribution to public policy in the countries of focus. This paper provides a synthesis of the three “country group” studies, and covers: the objectives and methodology used for the “mapping” or “diagnostic” studies; an overview of the country groups, including major differences and similarities within each group; and, emerging findings in terms of the production and use of social science research, and of research priorities based on the views of interview and survey respondents. It also flags knowledge and information gaps encountered and offers some conclusions, including implications for the next steps in the broader program.
This report shows how developing and then using research to inform policy is a difficult task, which is further hindered by specific factors of the development and political setting of the sub-selection of countries. It also makes specific recommendations for research support needed.