Welcome to the AEN conversation space. We’re connected by our shared interest in evidence and how it is used and produced to support development in Africa, but we talk about this in many different ways. Exactly what we talk about should be determined by the AEN members: this is the space to do that.
To get the conversation started, there are three conversation areas below based on the current concept note for Evidence 2020. Selecting any of these spaces will connect you with other members talking about these topics.
These conversations will start November 2019.
Since May 2017 the Africa Evidence Network and partners, including AfREA, CLEAR-AA and 3ie, have been facilitating discussions about what is wrong with capacity development for the evidence movement. We are now shifting our emphasis to finding solutions and highlighting regional innovations and successes.
The Network is committed to publishing a series of blogs and hosting linked webinars between now and September 2020 to move forward discussions towards shared solutions. Our members and partners are invited to join these discussions in person and online, and to help shape plans for how these dialogues will culminate in concrete outputs at Evidence 2020, such as collaborative activities, funding applications and position statements.
Africa Evidence Network members have been working for many years to support evidence use across Africa using various approaches to varying degrees of success. Together we have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Our Secretariat, and others across our membership, have expertise in reviewing the evidence about using evidence. This strand of work aims to bring together our collective knowledge of the craft of supporting evidence use with academic research, to understand, interrogate and advance the art and science of evidence use.
The Network secretariat is committed to collating stories of change, mapping evidence-informed policy-making activities across the continent, and capturing cases of success and failure.
We will be publishing a series of blogs and hosting linked webinars between now and September 2020 to share and debate what we are learning. Our members and partners are invited to join these discussions in person and online, and to help shape plans for how these dialogues will culminate in concrete outputs at Evidence 2020.
There is scope for additional themes of importance to be considered in the build up to, and at, Evidence 2020. This might include cross-cutting issues, such as priorities of security, health, education, and economic development, and how evidence can be used to advance these. We might focus on particular types of evidence, such as citizen evidence, or on how technology can advance the use of evidence. It could focus on something we have not yet thought of. There is still space to shape the agenda so join the conversation.