Our 2018-2021 strategic plan outlines our ambitions and the activities that will see us expand the depth, thematic and geographical scope of our work.
When we launched the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) in 2014, it was clear that no other organisation existed that took a global perspective on promoting and building the capacity for evidence informed policy making.
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Our goal has been, and remains, to promote, develop, and engage networks of practitioners, policy makers, institutions, and researchers operating at the interface between science and public policy, and to develop communities of expertise and interest, and to promote science diplomacy. INGSA delivers capacity building in science advice to develop competent people and institutions operating at local, regional, national, and transnational levels. Collectively, we are a thought leader and a source of knowledge for enhanced practice at the evidence-policy interface.
Since its inception, the growth in expectations and demand on INGSA has been phenomenal. Among our major successes and events to date are:
- The establishment of three regional chapters in Asia-Pacific, Latin American and the Caribbean, and in Africa.
- Partnerships with the IDRC Canada, UNESCO, The Wellcome Trust, Global Young Academy, the European Commission and the Royal Society UK.
- A highly successful international conference with the European Commission.
- Numerous capacity building workshops around the world.
- Sessions at international science conferences such as AAAS and ESOF.
- An agreement to support the Foreign Minister Science and Technology Advisor Network (FMSTAN).
- A consultative draft document on science advisory principles.
- Over 20 teaching cases have been developed and are freely accessible on the INGSA website.
- Quarterly newsletters to INGSA members.
- Responding to multiple requests from countries seeking to develop or enhance their advisory ecosystems, including in the context of the sustainable development goals.
All of these successes would not have been possible without the dedication and commitment to our mandate of our secretariat, regional chapters, knowledge hub, our insightful Executive and our network members. We are grateful for the financial support that we have received from various funding agencies, the global implementing partners that we have worked with, and the mutually beneficial partnerships and relationships that we have developed across the globe..
This strategic plan reflects our transition from a start-up to a more consolidated organisation as we move forward. After extensive consultation within the broader network, the regional chapters and the Executive, I am delighted to present our 2018-2021 strategic plan. The strategic plan outlines our ambitions and the activities that will see us expand the depth, thematic and geographical scope of our work.
I look forward to continued engagement with all of our partners and the network as we implement our 2018-2021 strategic plan.