Doing Research is a unique GDN program that contributes to a better objective assessment of research systems for social sciences (including economics) in developing countries and to expose weaknesses and shortcomings that can be addressed through research policy. The research program covers a complex set of issues, ranging from the institutional contexts in which researchers, academic institutions and think tank operate, the political environment (e.g. recognition of the importance of research), to the socio-economic or cultural contexts that determine the demand for scientific research, and the international linkages of the academic community. The program assesses the multi-faceted system of social science research and be a dynamic tool that can be used by a range of stakeholders including policy-makers, academics and donors.
As a general objective, the program will aim to ensure that social science research can better inform sustainable development policy by mapping research systems, supporting research capacity building, enhancing research quality, and promoting the role of research in shaping democratic debate and decision making.
The specific objective is to develop methods and policy tools for a practical and objective diagnostic of social science research systems and to benchmark them along the dimensions of production, diffusion and use of research
The program has two phases:
Inception phase to discuss, refine and establish the Doing Research Assessment (DRA) methodology using the Doing Research Framework and its indicators. The duration of the inception phase is 12 months.
Global roll-out to implement at full scale the DRAs and their applications in terms of discussion, dissemination, policy use and global benchmarking. The duration of the global roll-out is 24 months.
The activities are distributed in three Work Packages leading to various types of outputs, including publications, data, benchmarkingand communication activities.
The Doing Research Steering Committee comprises renowned research actors from across the globe:
Carter, Ian (University of Sussex)
Lys, Jon-Andri (Swiss Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries
Hoffman, Joseph (Independent Consultant)
Senbet, Lemma (African Economic Research Consortium)
Jacob, Merle (Lund University)
Barua, Nupur (South Asia Research Hub, DFID)
Meek, V. Lynn (University of Melbourne)
For further information contact Clément Gévaudan, Senior Program Associate, GDN.