15 June 2017
Budapest ESI at CEU workshop on action research, effective writing, visualization, and advocacy
Gerald Knaus and Kristof Bender. Photo: ESI
Gerald Knaus and Kristof Bender. Photo: ESI

ESI's Gerald Knaus and Kristof Bender and former ESI analyst Besa Shahini led a two-day workshop ("Action Research, Effective Writing, Visualization and Advocacy 2017") organised by the Central European University in Budapest. The goal of this training was to develop the capacity of researchers and think tanks in Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan to produce effective policy proposals.

Issues covered were:

  • Introduction “Writing for Impact” - put the reader first
  • Empirical case studies (Montenegro) - how to show reality to change policy
  • Writing about institutions (corruption in the Council of Europe) 
  • Transforming the education debate in Kosovo - how to integrate research and advocacy
  • Basic writing tools - how to build sentences and paragraphs that work 
  • Break out groups - forming teams for feedback on drafts 
  • Brainstorming session (Kosovo education research) - how to design research for impact
  • Presentation tools - how to persuade - the power of repetition

Gerald, Kristof, and Besa talked about the background story – how to research, write and advocate for change – using different case studies from our work in recent years:

Gerald also met with Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of CEU.

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Besa Shahini. Photo: ESI
Besa Shahini. Photo: ESI
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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