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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 10 Linking PRA-based research to policy

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 10 Linking PRA-based research to policy Victoria Johnson Linking research to policy burdens change with environmental and socio- economic change. We wanted to move away To make research relevant and accessible to from policy debates rife with generalisations policy makers at different levels of decision- about population and environment and away making, three processes need to run in parallel: from simplistic solutions, such as the detailed field research, policy research and immediate banning of all child labour. The dissemination. research findings led to a suggested programme of work which offers six practical In this article I describe these different steps to improve the quality of children's lives processes in the context of an ACTIONAID (Figure 1). research project on children's roles in development1. These reflections aim to Figure 1. Children's work encourage those engaged in field level PRA work to consider how this does or does not, and can or can not, influence policies. It is in the influencing of policies that lasting changes can be brought about. I conclude by highlighting some of the problems with these processes and with linking practice to policy. Listening to smaller voices The research project aimed to ...

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