ERC holds seminar on advocacy strategy for think tanks

April 12, 2013

News Source: Economic Research Council, Azerbaijan

Developing advocacy strategies was the theme of the latest seminar conducted by the Economic Research Center (ERC), as part of its ongoing series of training conferences for think tanks in Azerbaijan.

“The delivery of outcomes of policy papers relevant to decision makers requires effective and successful advocacy activities,” said Galib Bayramov, chairman of the ERC’s board. “Given this, we decided to dedicate the topic of this training to evidence-based advocacy strategy for think tanks.”

The latest three-day training session on 1 April was held as part of “Enhancing the effectiveness of government by strengthening the role of think tanks in decision-making arena,” project funded by the EU, and in partnership with PASOS and “Intelligent Citizen” Enlightenment Center (ICEC).

The training was conducted by Piotr Kazmierkiewicz, an analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, and a member of the PASOS board of directors.

Topics covered at the first day of the seminar included “Public policy process: theory and reality,”“Policymakers and independent advice,” and “Planning advocacy efforts.”

The second day was devoted to “Identifying policy problems and structuring arguments,” “Collecting evidence,” “Organizing findings into policy implications,” and “Structure of an effective policy brief: Choice between advocacy and objective briefs.”

Topics covered on the third day included  “Delivering the message and providing follow-up,” “Developing recommendations and adapting the tone,” and “Ensuring visibility and sustainability of advice.”

Future training sessions in the series will address how think tanks can increase research opportunities.

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