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dc.contributor.authorBefani, Barbara
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-01T12:24:27Z
dc.date.available2013-11-01T12:24:27Z
dc.date.issued2013-10
dc.identifier.citationBefani, B. (2013) 'Multiple Pathways to Policy Impact: Testing an Uptake Theory with QCA', CDI Practice Paper 5, Brighton: IDSen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://opendocs.ids.ac.uk/opendocs/handle/123456789/3177
dc.description.abstractPolicy impact is a complex process influenced by multiple factors. An intermediate step in this process is policy uptake, or the adoption of measures by policymakers that reflect research findings and recommendations. The path to policy uptake often involves activism, lobbying and advocacy work by civil society organisations, so an earlier intermediate step could be termed ‘advocacy uptake’; which would be the use of research findings and recommendations by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in their efforts to influence government policy. This CDI Practice Paper by Barbara Befani proposes a ‘broad-brush’ theory of policy uptake (more precisely of ‘advocacy uptake’) and then tests it using two methods: (1) a type of statistical analysis and (2) a variant of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). The pros and cons of both families of methods are discussed in this paper, which shows that QCA offers the power of generalisation whilst also capturing some of the complexity of middle-range explanation. A limited number of pathways to uptake are identified, which are at the same time moderately sophisticated (considering combinations of causal factors rather than additions) and cover a medium number of cases (40), allowing a moderate degree of generalisation.en_GB
dc.description.sponsorshipDFIDen_GB
dc.language.isoenen_GB
dc.publisherInstitute of Development Studies (IDS)en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCDI Practice Paper;5
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/en_GB
dc.titleMultiple Pathways to Policy Impact: Testing an Uptake Theory with QCAen_GB
dc.typeCDI Practice Paperen_GB
dc.rights.holderInstitute of Development Studies (IDS)en_GB
dc.identifier.agOT/11009/7/3/1/426
dc.identifier.teamKnowledge Technology and Societyen_GB


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