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CSOs, Policy Influence, and Evidence Use: A Short Survey

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This report presents the results of a survey of civil society organisations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. The survey addressed three major research questions: How are CSOs influencing policies in their country? What is the context in which they are influencing policy? What are these CSOs requesting from ODI and what types of support do they need? The survey was designed to help us understand the types of evidence CSOs use for policy influence; the extent of success they feel they are having; the incentives and disincentives for CSOs to use evidence; how types of context affects all this; and what they feel their needs are. This paper highlights a number of clear and incisive findings.

Jillian Kornsweig, David Osborne, Ingie Hovland and Julius Court