Below is a decision-making cycle that policy-makers in our experience use to map research against. The cycle is used to map where research sits in relation to different aspects in the decision-making process that policy-makers need information on. Aspects include diagnosing a problem, planning, output, and measuring impact.
We have mapped the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) publications available on the website (www.espa.ac.uk) against this cycle and have come up with a visual representation of where the ESPA-funded research ‘sits’.
The full reference list of the publications mapped as well as where on the cycle we have mapped them can be accessed in the document entitled ESPA-funded research.
Our analysis indicate that ESPA has made a great contribution, particularly in terms of the diagnosis quadrant of the decision-making cycle (an analysis of the problems and options).
April – We map all the ESPA research on the decision-making wheel to show the great contribution ESPA projects have made to diagnosing environmental and poverty challenges