The current Strategic Plan (2015-2019) enhances and monitors REPOA’s significant contribution to development policy, over the next five years, the organization is introducing a results-based management system based on four strategic outcome areas: 1. Knowledge for better policy results generated 2. Commissioned work for Sustainability delivered 3. Knowledge is shared, disseminated and utilized 4. Programs are efficiently and effectively delivered
Through Outcome 2, (Knowledge for better policy results generated) REPOA will undertake research in the three strategic policy areas of Natural Resource as a foundation for socio-economic transformation, Industrialization and Enterprise Development as Pillars of Transformation and Governance Systems and Social Policy. The research aims to generate robust and relevant to improve policy design and implementation, increase accountability and expand the democratic engagement of citizens, all directed towards realizing the ultimate goal of the strategy of enhancing the quality of people’s lives in Tanzania. REPOA will continue to make greater space for strategic research, enhance the synergy and complementarity among its strategic research, collaborative research, commissioned research and capacity building programs, and forge strategic alliances with key stakeholders with a view to influencing their behaviour and action using the knowledge generated by REPOA. Each research department undertakes three core clusters of activities namely; undertaking research, capacity building for researchers and to facilitate dialogue, knowledge access and utilisation. In undertaking research, three strands of research and analytical studies are conducted:
- Strategic research studies – these are conceptualised and designed internally by REPOA researchers and Senior Visiting Research Fellows.
- Collaborative research studies – REPOA researchers develop and undertake these in collaboration with other researchers from other institutions globally.
- Commissioned research studies – the aim of this strand is to identify and implement research projects commissioned to REPOA by other stakeholders in order to build the evidence base to inform and influence national policies and to demonstrate the importance of research to the national development process.
For detailed information on ongoing research projects and programmes, click here. For the capacity building of researchers, REPOA designs specific training courses for beginners and intermediate researchers depending on the identification of needs in relation to the research to be undertaken. Lastly, REPOA organizes knowledge sharing and dissemination events and participates in events organized by other stakeholders with a view to promoting dialogue on key development issues and wider access and utilization of the knowledge generated.