My colleague Klaus von Grebmer pointed me towards a great resource for everyone interested in the nuts and bolts of policy analysis. CAFOD (the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales) together with Christian Aid and the TroCaire College developed a “Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations in Africa: Monitoring Government Policies” that is a pleasure to read and gives a great introduction to a variety of tools used to collect information, identify stakeholders, analyze the content of a policy, analyze policy budgets, gather evidence of policy implementation and use evidence to advocate for change.
“Imagine this: a world where citizens help to decide what their governments do to combat poverty. Where citizens keep an active eye on governments’ progress and check whether policies are making a difference. Where people regularly give feedback to their governments on the services they are providing – and the feedback is taken seriously. Where, if a policy isn’t working as it should, it is scrapped and replaced with something better. Imagine this: a world where informed dialogue between governments and citizens leads to more effective, fair and inclusive policies from which everyone benefits.”
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