What does populism mean for NGO policy and practice?

Martin Walsh Influencing, Research 1 Comment

At the start of our Evidence for Influencing conference in October, Senior Researcher Martin Walsh presented Oxfam’s research on the politics of populism and its implications for NGO policy and practice, including the use of evidence for influencing. Here he summarises and reflects on the findings of that research, published at the end of last year as an Oxfam America Research …

What kind of evidence might persuade people to change their minds on refugees?

Ed Cairns Influencing, Refugees and IDPs Leave a Comment

Humanitarian Policy Adviser Ed Cairns reflects on using evidence to influence the treatment of refugees.  Ed presented on this subject at our recent Evidence for Influencing conference organised by the Oxfam Research Network.  Who thinks that governments decide what to do on refugees after carefully considering the evidence? Not many, I suspect. So it was an interesting to be asked …

How we used behavioural insights for digital campaigning

Jacco Vlastuin Influencing, Methodology, Research Leave a Comment

Jacco Vlastuin, Digital Campaigner at Oxfam Novib, shares his presentation on behavioural insights for digital campaigning from the recent Evidence for Influencing conference.  #Throwback Last Tuesday I had the honour of  hosting one of the breakout sessions during the #OxfamEvidence conference. A session where I focused on behavioural insights, influencing and framing. The insights I presented were learnt from a …

How can NGOs get better at using evidence to influence governments and companies?

Duncan Green Influencing, Methodology, Research Leave a Comment

Duncan Green reflects on the Oxfam Research Network’s recent ‘Evidence for Influencing’ Conference, Organised by the Oxfam Research Network and hosted by Konkatkt de Kontinenten in the Netherlands.  This week I attended an ‘Evidence for Influencing’ conference in the Netherlands. A couple of Oxfam colleagues had started planning it as a small event, and then found such interest in the topic that …

How Oxfam has influenced for change over the last 75 years

Ruth Mayne Active citizenship, General, Influencing Leave a Comment

In advance of the Oxfam Research Network’s Evidence for Influencing conference (Soesterberg, Netherlands, 23-24 October), Ruth Mayne, Chris Stalker and Andrew Wells-Dang look back over Oxfam’s history of influencing and future challenges.  Influencing policymakers is in Oxfam’s genes. Right from its inception in 1942, Oxfam called on Prime Minister Winston Churchill to lift the Allied blockade of Nazi-occupied countries to …

Evidence for influencing: why we’re excited about the first Oxfam Research Network conference

Irene Guijt Influencing, Research 2 Comments

For social justice what needs to change, who holds the power and how do we achieve it? Irene Guijt and Irene de Goede introduce first conference on the evidence processes needed for influencing, where these questions and more will be discussed with 150 experts from Oxfam and the wider sector. Influencing for social justice is a journey during which many …

Using scorecards to influence business: the Behind the Brands experience

Erinch Sahan Influencing, Private sector Leave a Comment

In the run up to Oxfam’s Evidence for Influencing conference on Oct 23 – 24, Erinch Sahan shares how Oxfam has used scorecards to influence business. Companies compete, that’s just what they do. As a company’s performance is assessed against competitors’ decision-makers in companies are incentivised to ‘win’. The desire to ‘win’ shapes corporate culture and this is a dynamic …