A central component of APHRC’s mission is to inform policy and decision making in sub-Saharan Africa. As APHRC enters its 15th year and engages in its next strategic planning cycle, the organization has identified a need for increased emphasis on tracking the organization’s policy impacts. Another input for the planning process is an inventory of what policy makers see as the evidence gaps related to APHRC’s research areas of population, health and health systems, education, urbanization, and aging will contribute to the formation of the strategic plan.
To inform the strategic planning process and to add to the evidence base for policy engagement and research uptake, APHRC would like to engage the services of an expert consultant. The consultant will identify and generate evidence to illustrate APHRC’s efforts to measure its influence on policymaking and development decision making at the local, national, continental, and/or global levels. The retrospective analysis will take a scientific approach to ascertain, to the extent possible, the organization’s role in policymaking and budgetary processes, development dialogues, governmental or philanthropic program investment, and related spheres of influence.
To assess as far as possible APHRC’s policy impact over the past 15 years
To identify priorities for policy engagement over the next five-year period
To develop a baseline for measuring APHRC’s policy impact going forward
To develop content to share with donors, partners, allied organizations, and other stakeholders who have an interest in how to drive evidence-based policymaking, including submission of journal article to share lessons learned.
To determine APHRC’s policy impact over the course of its history, specifically:
1. To identify examples of APHRC’s work influencing and informing policymaking. This will include (but is not limited to):
Policy creation or revision
Statements of support (media, op-eds, keynotes, etc.) by policymakers and/or thought leaders on signature APHRC research issues
Governmental or thought leaders’ leadership on a topic as a result of APHRC engagement (report launch, leading an APHRC policy forum, working group participation, etc.)
Cases of individual policymakers and/or thought leaders becoming champions for APHRC’s issues.
2. To assess where APHRC’s comparative advantage has influenced political discussions about signature development issues in sub-Saharan Africa
3. To identify missed opportunities, to the extent possible, of topics/key moments in which APHRC could have influenced the policy debate and/or action, but didn’t
4. To establish a baseline against which future progress might be measured, and make recommendations for prospective impact tracking, including prototype key performance indicators (KPIs). This may be achieved through:
Developing relatively simple tools to measure APHRC’s policy impact using available information sources from APHRC and potentially its allies and end-users, such as policymakers and global health and education thought leaders
Identifying existing and potential information sources and developing recommendations to improve impact tracking going forward.
Tool(s) for measuring impact for future use by APHRC
Objective impact analysis of the information, based on stated research and policy goals
A report documenting the analysis, baseline, recommendations, and potential KPIs
Development of 10-12 ‘case studies’ of research-to-policy impact stories from the past 15 years to highlight where the center has been successful, or where it has fallen short, for institutional learning. Case studies should—in sum–be representative of all of the center’s research programs to the extent possible.
A four-page brief (based on the report) with policy impact highlights for stakeholder dissemination
A PowerPoint presentation highlighting the key points from the brief/report.
All deliverables will be due in final draft to APHRC by April 30, 2016.
Proposals should include:
A cover letter and CV
A costed work plan with timelines for key milestones
Three professional references
At least two professional work samples related to policy analysis and/or evaluation; please indicate your role in developing the work sample (as a research assistant, lead author, as a graduate student for academic credit, etc.)
APHRC’s criteria for selecting the successful consultant includes but is not limited to:
Ability to carry out the deliverables as described, judged by presentation of technical skills, professional experience, previous work products, and references
Quality of the work plan and stated ability to meet deadlines
Value for money of the work plan
Excellent written communication skills.
Proposals should be submitted through our recruitment portal http://jobs.aphrc.org by February 22, 2016. Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered.