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Entry to the conference is free and open to all but registration is required.

Tuesday 2nd July 2013:  ‘Evidence and Power in Development Policy’

10.00 – 11.30



The Hong Kong Theatre

Knowledge Matters: thinking about change
The opening panel will address the way in which evidence is being used in programme planning. How can research and policy work together towards a better approach to evidence-based policy making?  What are the problems preventing this?

Alex de Waal (World Peace Foundation and JSRP Research Director)
Chris Whitty (Director, Research and Evidence Division, DfID)
Hakan Seckinelgin
(Senior Lecturer in International Social Policy, LSE)
David Hulme
(Consortium Director, Effective States and Inclusive Development, University of Manchester)
Steven Rood (Country Representative, Philippines and Pacific Island Nations, The Asia Foundation)

Chair: Tim Allen

(Professor of Development Anthropology, LSE, and JSRP Research Director)

11.45 – 13.00




The Hong Kong Theatre

Theory of Change and the Use of Evidence
In recent years, an increasing emphasis on ‘Theory of Change’ as a programme planning tool has contributed to a broader debate on the use of evidence but to what extent is Theory of Change promoting better use of knowledge?  Is it merely making it easier for policymakers to draw on assumptions rather than on evidence-based research?

Tom Parks (Regional Director, Conflict and Governance, The Asia Foundation)
Zaira Drammis (International Head of Evaluation and Accountability, ActionAid)

Eileen Babbitt (Professor of Practice, The Fletcher School, Tufts University)

Chair: David Lewis

 (Professor of Social Policy and Development, LSE)

14.30 – 15.30

Working Groups

Evidence and Theory of Change
Working group discussions of JSRP-TAF research on specific Asia Foundation programming and Theories of Change.  Conference participants are free to join any group.

Community Mediation
  (Chair: Henry Radice, JSRP)
Local Governance (Chair: Koen Vlassenroot, JSRP)
Peace Processes (Chair: Mareike Schomerus, JSRP)
Community Policing (Chair: Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, JSRP)

16.00 – 17.30


The Hong Kong Theatre

The Way Forward
Where can researchers, practitioners and policymakers improve their engagement with the issues and what are the next steps?

George Varughese (Country Representative, Nepal, TAF)
Katie McKenna (Knowledge Exchange Expert, JSRP)
Tom Wingfield (Senior Governance Advisor, DfID)
Rachel Slater (Research Director, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, ODI)

Chair: Alex de Waal
 (World Peace Foundation, and JSRP Research Director)

Entry to the conference is free and open to all but registration is required.

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