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Knowledge cafe in Zimbabwe discusses evidence-informed policy making with stakeholders

The task now is to harmonize these and establish a working national evidence infrastructure to support evidence informed policymaking in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

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Engaging with government: experiences from the VakaYiko programme

The INASP-led VakaYiko project aims to increase the capacity of policy makers to respond to research uptake needs. In this post, INASP’s Programme Assistant for the Evidence-Informed Policy Making programme, Shahenda Suliman, discusses some experiences from the VakaYiko programme of engaging with governmental institutions. Managed by INASP, VakaYiko is a three-year project involving five organizations working as a consortium in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The first year of the VakaYiko project witnessed the organizations establish and maintain working relationships with the following institutions in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe: Ghana: The Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) South Africa: The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Zimbabwe: The Ministry of Industry and Commerce; the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment; and the Parliament of Zimbabwe During the consortium’s quarterly meetings, the organizations discussed their early experiences attempting to secure engagement with these various institutions, and some common themes began to … Continue reading

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Maximizing the return on investment: Making research matter

Rose Wilcher is the Director of Research Utilization at FHI 360 where she works to translate public health research findings into evidence-based policies and practices. She has extensive experience supporting the application and scale-up of underutilized and emerging evidence in reproductive health and HIV programs in developing countries. This was originally posted on July 30, 2014 on the FHI 360 blog, Degrees.  Earlier this month, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) released a report that seeks to answer a compelling question: Does research drive international development? Through an extensive literature review, the authors examined the evidence supporting the commonly held assumption that investing in research leads to positive impacts on socioeconomic development. One of the specific pathways they explored is whether investment in research leads to development through more evidence-informed policy and practice. While the authors provide several examples of how research has led to policy and program improvements, they also conclude … Continue reading

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Good communications is not enough to get evidence into policy

I originally shared these thoughts on the Evidence-Based Policy in Development Network (ebpdn) and after sparking some discussion, I thought it’d be good to also share them here on INASP’s Practising Development blog too. A colleague, Kirsty Newman, was recently looking for an example of research that had influenced policy not because of the quality of the findings but because of the lobbying and communication skills of a researcher and/or think tank. After thinking about this, I’m not actually sure that such an example exists, for three different reasons:

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An enabling environment for evidence-informed policy making

Question – what exactly does an evidence-informed policy look like (and who should be able to recognise it as such)? The idea that policy should be informed by evidence and not based solely on it recognises that policy makers consider other factors beyond research when making decisions.  In this model, policy makers may consider and choose to ignore research evidence in response to factors such as political expediency, timing and resource constraints.  This makes it difficult to identify a policy that is actually informed by evidence when evidence is considered and rejected.   In fact it is probably easier to spot one that blatantly ignores a body of knowledge rather than one that considers and chooses to respond selectively to research evidence. Two recent stories in the UK made me think about the concept of an enabling environment for evidence-informed policy making.  The education secretary was recently shown to have used … Continue reading

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