The project "Spaces for Engagement: Using knowledge to improve public decisions" is a GDNet initiative, implemented in Latin America by CIPPEC. The project aims at using knowledge management to improve bridging research and policy. The underlying purpose is to strengthen debate about how to enhance this practice. Therefore, GDNet and CIPPEC seek to enable more effective interventions for the use of research in policy that lead to more effective public policies in the region. The project also seeks to promote South-South cooperation on linking research and policy between Latin America, Asia and Africa.
The initiative aims at give PRIs the opportunity to visit other PRIs in the region that have intent to share lessons learned in policy influence field.
5 PRIs from Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela have visited their peers in the region to exchange experiences and queries in different areas (influence planning, communication strategies, networking) to strengthen their capacities for policy influence.
"Learning from better practices and mistakes of a more expert organization has been a great help to reinforce or re thinking strategies which I had thought to take in my area and my organization". (Liseth Estévez, Director of Communication Grupo FARO, Ecuador)
"Besides learning about tools for monitoring and systematization of information and strategic communication, working together was a great opportunity to develop stronger links between both organizations and build future connections". (Rosibel Kreinmann, Nitlapan, Nicaragua)