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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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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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Taking complexity seriously: helping officials to use evidence more skilfully in the Zimbabwean government
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Author: Ajoy Datta, Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute, worked on the VakaYiko programme, coordinated by INASP. Ajoy is an expert in improving policy influencing and decision making practices. The VakaYiko Consortium aimed to strengthen the use of research evidence in policy making in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The project ran between 2013–2017 and was funded by the UK Department for International Development under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme. This post is the second in a series of posts on new approaches for organizational change. Evidence can be used as a resource by government officials (both ministers and civil servants) in an environment which is usually characterized by debate, competition and persuasion, says Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling, in the Politics of Evidence Based Policymaking Lots of work has been done to improve policymakers’ use of evidence both in … Continue reading

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‘Reading organizations’: a new diagnostic tool to improve knowledge to policy systems
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Clara Richards, Senior Programme Manager, Evidence-Informed Policy Making Team, INASP introduces a series of posts on new approaches for organizational change Over the four years in which INASP and Politics & Ideas have been improving knowledge to policy systems, we have heard a great deal about the complex context within which public agencies operate. Recognizing the need for new approaches to address this complexity, we developed the ‘Context Matters’ framework. The framework summarizes key organizational factors influencing how government agencies use –  or don’t use – knowledge. This year, we are ready to apply it as a new diagnostic tool to improve the use of knowledge in policy within a government agency. We will use the tool to: diagnose the current state of knowledge production and use in a government agency identify areas that have potential to catalyse change co-produce a feasible change plan that reflects the agency’s realities and … Continue reading

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Decolonising development: power dynamics in the knowledge sector
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Emily Hayter discusses how to ensure research evidence is considered as part of policy making and the role this can play in decolonizing development. Continue reading

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