Tracking global knowledge-to-policy pathways in the coronavirus crisis: A preliminary report from ongoing research
Together with academic partners at the University of Auckland and the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with our IDRC-funded regional chapters, and with seed funding by the Fonds to de Recherche du Quebec and the World Universities Network, the INGSA executive and secretariat devised a mixed methods research project to examine the formulation of policy responses to the pandemic.
Phase 1 of this project comprised ‘citizen’-social-science that harness the enthusiasm, expertise and local knowledge of over 100 volunteer rapporteurs from across the INGSA network globally. With their help and commitment, we launched the INGSA Evidence-to-Policy Tracker. Volunteers used an online data-entry form to log information about the evidence and decision-making dynamics behind their countries’ key Covid policy responses.
The aim of this study is not to compare and assess the success of these interventions, but rather to compare the various ways in which evidence has been marshalled and applied. While there are now many useful trackers, INGSA uniquely complements these Covid policy trackers by seeking to unpack the formulation of evidence rather than to take it for granted, and to examine the evidence-to-policy pathways through this kind of tool.