Category Archives: EIPM

Evidence spotlight: Knowledge use in Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Education
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Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Education, which has been working with INASP to discuss evidence in policy

In this new evidence spotlight blog Hannah Katwaroo, Research Specialist, discusses how INASP and Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Education met and exchanged knowledge use ideas Continue reading

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Supporting parliaments in a post-truth world
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Recently, INASP held a webinar to explore how peer learning can support evidence use in parliament. This webinar was hosted in collaboration with African Center for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA) and AGORA as part of the extension of our parliamentary peer learning project supported by a SPARKS grant from the Effective Institutions Platform. Our partner parliaments in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana shared their experience of how staff and Members of Parliament (MPs) can work together to drive an evidence-informed approach within parliament.

Here, we discuss how peer learning can strengthen evidence use in parliaments, sharing some of the insights gained during the webinar discussions. Continue reading

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The right to health: policymakers and evidence for HIV prevention
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Evidence plays a critical role in designing and implementing the most effective and efficient HIV prevention policies and programmes and saving lives. But in HIV prevention policy, the topic of evidence involves many points of debate, from what constitutes ‘good’ evidence to how to negotiate the intersection between health and rights. So how can researchers effectively contribute to the policy-making process in such a controversial area? Continue reading

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Evidence Spotlight: Working together to champion evidence use in Kenya’s Parliament
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Interview with Marale Sande, Senior Research and Policy Analyst with the Parliamentary Research Services at the Parliament of Kenya. Marale works collaboratively with Members of Parliament (MPs) as part of the Evidence Informed Policy Caucus, an informal committee of the House that aims to increase the awareness and uptake of evidence.

In this interview, Marale outlines her experience with championing evidence within a parliamentary setting. Continue reading

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How to influence evidence use in parliaments: advice from five parliaments
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Evidence-Informed Policy Making Parliament Learning Exchange

Emerging learning points from the parliaments of Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Ghana and Zimbabwe and how to keep the discussions going… Continue reading

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Evidence reading: Innovation in organizational change
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Participants in INASP's Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team's VakaYiko project symposium 2016

Innovation in development has been the ‘buzz’ word of the last couple of years. We all talk about it but do we really know what conditions trigger innovative solutions to complex problems? As we begin our organizational diagnostic of knowledge use in Peruvian public administration, I have been revisiting material on organizational change, innovation and public reform. I came across a wonderful article – Creating Breakout Innovation by Joanna Levitt Cea & Jess Rimington from the Stanford Social Innovation Review. This article summarises five practices that make a difference for creating innovative outcomes: Sharing power, prioritise relationships, leverage heterogeneity, legitimise all ways of knowing, prototype early and often. While this list may sound familiar, how ready are we (individuals and organizations) to implement these practices? Sharing power When I think of sharing power I tend to imagine handing over decision-making or soliciting people’s opinions and views before making decisions. Consulting … Continue reading

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