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SPC Concept Note: Policy Driven Villages

Introduction

 There are issues that linger in our communities without proper solutions. Most of the time politicians offer proposals during their campaigns and never keep the word after the elections. Some issues keep growing and might end up in fatalities. There are many occasions that these issues and possible solutions can be related to different forms of science. Most of the time solutions already exist but there is an inability to transfer the technology  and implement these solutions for the communities in need.

Therefore, we seek to look into these issues and establish proper communications as well as contribute to the process that enables timely and effective solutions. Moreover, looking at communities from the point of view of science-policy enables us to identify the inadequacies in knowledge of the people, technology facilitation, and the resources available for the community.

Methodology:

We will visit the communities which have reported incidents and issues. Then each of the issues will be evaluated while considering the advice of the advisory panel to identify elements of the issue that we can engage with. The first engagement will be articles and publications to communicate what we witnessed related to the issue. The second engagement will be a consultation of possible solutions using our expertise and invited experts. Based on further  evaluation of the issue, we will consider extending the work carried out to action projects as a third level of engagement. This is likely to use a larger amount of resources and investment. Therefore, we are likely to Prior to the action projects a considerable research and publications will be done to communicate the issue to the interested parties.

Objectives(Action steps):

-Understand the issues of the community in a science-policy perspective.

-Look at the past statistics and rank the issues based on the impact. ( in the case of multiple issues)

-Quantify the usefulness of the already implemented solutions and identify weaknesses if there are any.

-Prepare a summary of  recommendations and publish the findings.

-Prepare the consultations after determining the level of engagement.

-Assess the further resource and investment requirements if we are to proceed towards the third level of engagement.

-Determine the long term action solutions

 Furthermore, apart from seeking out the issues of the communities, we will look into enhancing the scientific literacy of  the young people. This can be done through adding extra curricula items alongside the school curriculum. The science laboratories of schools can be the vessel to be used in reaching the community. We will continue to evaluate the possible pathways to deliver through innovative solutions.

Important tools:

http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/assessment/assessing-community-needs-and-resources/analyzing-community-problems/main