Impact 2.0 : New Mechanisms for Linking Research and Policy

Policy development is a complex process and there are many reasons why even the best arguments backed by solid research can fail to be heard or acted upon. At the same time, interactive web-based services and applications, including wikis and social networking sites are experiencing explosive growth worldwide. These Web 2.0 technologies, as they are collectively known, have already had a significant impact on people's social lives and political action, as well as industries like advertising and the media. However, the role that these technologies could play in linking research and policy is largely unexplored territory.

This project will therefore examine how and under what circumstances Web 2.0 technologies could be used to link research, advocacy and policy in Latin America. The project will have two components. The first will focus on how Web 2.0 tools can be used to promote research, policy and advocacy linkages in national information society agendas. The second will take the form of a competitive research fund linked with the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in the Americas (FRIDA). The competition is designed to gather information about and to evaluate innovative experiences in using Web 2.0 tools and behaviour to link research and policy. The awards will be presented at the Inter-Ministerial Conference on the Information Society to be held in Lima, Peru, November 2010.

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Start Date

Monday, March 1, 2010

End Date

Sunday, July 1, 2012


24 months

IDRC Officer

Perini, Fernando

Total funding

CA$ 390,439


Ecuador, South America, Peru, Uruguay, North and Central America


Networked Economies

Project Leader

William Bruce Girard


Fundación Comunica

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