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Learning Resources for Applied Researchers, Policy Analysts, and Decision Makers

A Directory of Publications, Presentations, and Useful Links Prepared by Food Security Group Researchers at Michigan State University and Their Host-Country Collaborators

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The MSU Research/Extension/Teaching "Joint-Products" Model Top

The general policy research, dialogue, and capacity building approach of MSU in the FS III and related project work in Africa incorporates in-service and longer-term graduate training as integral parts of a research and outreach model, thus the concept of "joint-products."  Key components of this approach involve:

  • Identify and formulate key policy and research questions of relevance to host country governments and missions (establish clear priority tasks and involve stakeholders early in the process);
  • Recruit young professionals from inside, as well as outside of collaborating organizations in host countries where we are working;
  • Provide in-service and when possible, graduate training, in research and policy analysis methods to ensure sustainable capacity, and also place a high priority on senior staff to mentor young professionals in methods and process;
  • Help establish a empirical data base and applied analysis approach to understanding the actual behavior of farmers, traders and consumers;
  • Conduct timely and effective policy outreach and dialog jointly with host-country colleagues and decision makers (put a priority on obtaining country-level results and impact);
  • Help local counterparts establish applied research outreach traditions, such as producing, working papers, research reports, policy briefs, policy outreach seminars in local languages (helps get visibility for social science contributions, and also gets early involvement of stakeholders as well as their feedback on emerging results;)
  • Invest resources in making local research outputs widely accessible, and get them also onto a web site for wider availability in the country and region;
  • Work with host-country, donor and MSU senior management for reward structure for researches for delivering "joint-product" outputs that demonstrate utility for helping to solve local problems and creating new knowledge about the reality of smallholder, trader and consumer behavior.

MSU Documents on Conceptual Approaches & Challenges of Poverty Reduction and Structural Transformation in Africa Top

Examples of The MSU Approach:  Being Local, Empirical, Interactive, and Mentoring in Assessing and Facilitating Policy Reform Top

Examples of the Various Policy Publication Series MSU Has Helped Establish and Maintain. Top

 MSU and Other Teaching Resources:-Learning and Practicing The Process of Analysis and Policy Dialogue Top