he AfriCLP program will run a paper writing competition. The aim of the competition is first, to encourage Policy fellows to disseminate their outputs via appropriate channels. Secondly, the competition will stimulate collaboration among grantees from different streams (policy, research and climate innovations). Finally, the competition is expected to tremendously increased the activity of the climate change network. It will also in turn enhance the program performance.
Fellows will be expected to publish in journals or create policy briefs and in collaboration with fellows and partners across the three streams. A total of at least 15 papers are expected as a result of this competition.
There will be a prize for the winner in the Policy Stream. Prizes are a cost-effective way of encouraging fellows in that they give exposure and recognition. This is strengthened by the global recognition of the IDRC brand, through exposure on the website and through associated communication support that promotes the fellows and gives them more visibility internationally. We believe that when someone wins a prize, it does wonders for their career and ability to influence. This may then raise the interest of another agency, which may be willing to fund the prize in parallel or in partnership with IDRC.
The mandatory criterion is that the paper must be published or accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal, with documentary evidence. If this is not the case, the evaluation should not continue as the paper does not qualify for this competition. The evaluation criteria where marks are awarded is as outlined in the table below.
|Quality of journal||5||Paper published in top-tier (high impact) journal||5|
|Paper published in middle-tier journal||3|
|Paper published in low-tier journal||2|
|Paper published in a non-indexed journal||1|
|Originality, uniqueness and innovativeness||3||Paper is original, unique and innovative||3|
|Paper involves normal application of scientific methods||1|
|Relevance to stream objectives||5||Exceeds the objectives of the stream||5|
|Fully meets the objectives of the stream||4|
|Just meets the objectives of the stream||3|
|Partially meets the objectives of the stream||2|
|Does not meet the objectives of the stream||1|
|Collaboration with other institutions||5||Paper involves 3 or more collaborating institutions||5|
|Paper involves 2 collaborating institutions||3|
|Paper involves persons from the same institution collaborating||1|
|Scope of recommendations||3||Paper’s recommendations can be adopted globally||3|
|Paper’s recommendations can be adopted nationally or regionally||2|
|Paper’s recommendations can be adopted locally (e.g. district/county level)||1|
|Paper impact||3||Paper outcome could enhance the capacity and knowledge at sectoral, national or regional levels||3|
|Paper outcome could enhance a weak institution and/or the status of women||2|
|Paper outcome could enhance the CC leadership of the researcher||1|
|Paper outcome could enhance a strong institution and/or the status of men||0|
|Dissemination||3||Paper dissemination via a journal||3|
|Paper disseminated via a conference proceeding||2|
|Results disseminated via a policy brief||1|
|Use of paper||3||Paper has been used as an input into national or regional policy/strategy documents||3|
|Paper has been used as an input into institutional documents||2|