ATLAS Network training in Mumbai, December 2018
Updated: Apr 16, 2019
Author: Pandu Baghaskoro
In December, ATLAS Network held a "Think Tank Policy Analysis and Promotion Training" training held in the City of Mumbai, India. I had the opportunity to represent the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) to attend the training. The training, which took place from December 17-19, was also attended by representatives of Think Tank organizations from various Asian and African countries, such as India, Mongolia, Egypt and Afghanistan.
During the program, participants were given training on policy research frameworks, quantitative and qualitative analysis, advocacy of policy recommendations, and effective communication strategies. In general, this training refreshed my memory of how to conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis and helped me to understand more about public policy research.
Because my education background is a Bachelor of Psychology, the type of research I have ever made is slightly different from policy research. For example, during my college days I was used to writing research reports with an academic framework, while policy papers were better written with structures that were easier for many to understand. This is due to the fact that policy papers are aimed at policy makers and politicians who are actually busy people, so that the results of the research can "invoke" policy papers has to be easy to understand and straightforward.
"Policy papers were better written with structures that were easier for many to understand. This is due to the fact that policy papers are aimed at policy makers and politicians who are actually busy people"
The second thing that I think is also very important is about strategic communication. The message that is loaded or what you want to convey must have the right "framing"; messages packaging are important to suit the target audience of the message. For example, if we (as a Think Tank organization) want to convey the message that prohibiting legal alcohol will increase the consumption of deadly illegal alcohol. Well, we must first determine, who do we want to convey this message to? Is it to policy makers? consumer of alcohol? Young adult? parents? After identifying our target audience, the message packaging must have a relationship with its audience. A good message packaging, one of which must be able to play the emotions of its viewers; the less emotions that are played, the less likely that message can be enjoyed by our viewers.
In addition to these serious matters, I also took the time to develop the network, where I became acquainted with several Think Tank representatives from India, Egypt, Mongolia, Vietnam and Malaysia. We also took a walk to enjoy the City of Mumbai at night before we left Mumbai the next day.