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Wrestling with one’s chi – a duet


By Noel Ihebuzor and Susan Daniels

my chi is a muse, impish
invisible fellow lurking
behind my ears and my tongue
whispering when I am not ready
sauntering away when I am

mine whispers words in woven gold flights
spiraling from blood to my ears
as my eyes open; dream-writing, I call it
and the words melt in daylight like mist
before I have reached for my pen

quicksilver, erratic
unpredictable, nagging like a stubborn dream
on those days when fresh minty words stream
down my running fingers
and then only to turn off the faucet
when incipient joy in showering in the deluge
of singing is huge

they gift us in fragments, suggestions.
if they gave us the keyed music
of the harp strung underneath particles
always vibrating, could our ears
hold the whole song?

then those days when in mischief
it fills me with words in riot

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Features of Researches that influence policy

Talking points for the CABE/C4D/GEP 3 workshop by Noel A, Ihebuzor

Some researches are better than others in influencing policy. Such researches have certain qualities. Such researches usually possess the following qualities

  • Replicable
  • Have good sampling base
  • Respond to social needs
  • Easily applicable
  • Easy to read
  • Not marred by complex statistics 
  • Address pressing problems
  • Propose plausible and credible solutions 
  • Solutions are drawn from the research 
  • Their findings have a broad appeal
  • Their findings appeal to agenda setters and social influencers
  • Their finding appeal to important constituencies and influencers
  • Their findings appeal to the press

The 7 curses that cause research to policy failures  

  • irrelevance 
  • defective methodology 
  • limited sample size
  • atypical sample
  • unwarranted conclusions and extrapolations 
  • outdated-ness of topic
  • limited adaptability 

Why policies fail

  • No sponsor
  • No champion
  • Limited policy appeal
  • Limited scope for policy adaption or adaptation
  • Attempting too much
  • Attempting too little
  • Tissue rejection
  • Cultural unsuitability
  • No evidence base or skimpy evidence
  • Hostile environment
  • No effort to prepare the ground