100 Days Awareness on Antimicrobial Resistance
2019-08-07 blog health informs learns
100 Days Awareness on Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance, the ability of (pathogenic) bacteria to withstand the action of antibiotic drugs (Nolte O et al., 2014; Ferri M et al., 2017). WHO (2018) describe antimicrobial resistance (A...

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3R of Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: Reflection, Repurposing and Repositioning
2022-10-14 advocates informs learns news
3R of Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: Reflection, Repurposing and Repositioning

Photo credit: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr   Evidence-Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) is not a static process. It is dynamic, hence the need to adapt and repurpose the old to succeed ...

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Abstracts are in! Preliminary reflections on submissions for EVIDENCE 2018
2018-05-25
Abstracts are in! Preliminary reflections on submissions for EVIDENCE 2018

Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations for Evidence 2018 are now closed and we are very excited by the positive response. In total, 119 abstracts have been received, which is a substan...

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ACE facilitating a pilot UJ Humanities post-graduate retreat
2017-09-01
ACE facilitating a pilot UJ Humanities post-graduate retreat

  Not all workshop participants worked equally hard “It’s worse than pulling teeth!” “I’ve had enough now. No more! Can this just end!” “This rolle...

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AELA 2021: The Culmination of a Passion that Became a Career
2021-04-15 advocates africa-evidence-leadership-award connects informs learns news
AELA 2021: The Culmination of a Passion that Became a Career

Diana Warira makes a presentation on the role of communication in enhancing the use of demographic dividend research in Africa at The Wilson Center in April 2018. Photo copyright: The Wilson Center ...

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AfrED: Ground-breaking Evidence-base for Decision-making in Africa
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
AfrED: Ground-breaking Evidence-base for Decision-making in Africa

The blog article was first published by the University of the Witwatersrand's Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results, Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA).  How we curate and use infor...

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Africa Evidence Leadership Award
2022-01-31
Africa Evidence Leadership Award

  AFRICA EVIDENCE LEADERSHIP AWARD 2022: TERMS OF REFERENCE VEUILLEZ NOTER: Les nominations en anglais ou en français seront acceptées. Nous pouvons fournir une traduction fr...

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Africa Evidence Week 2021: a personal reflection on the growth and potential of this regional event
2021-10-19 africa evidence week 2021 blog highlights informs learns news
Africa Evidence Week 2021: a personal reflection on the growth and potential of this regional event

Charting a path through the unknown to an imagined destination (April 2021) So soon, the week-long celebration came to an end – in the midst of brilliant demonstration of evidence-informed de...

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Africa Evidence Week celebrates Africa’s evidence-use for decisions
2019-08-07 africa evidence week blog informs learns
Africa Evidence Week celebrates Africa’s evidence-use for decisions

Evidence weeks were conceptualised by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) to draw the focus of the global evidence-informed decision-making community to a specific issue or talkin...

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All stakeholders must work together to strengthen Zimbabwe’s policy landscape
2016-02-19
All stakeholders must work together to strengthen Zimbabwe’s policy landscape

There is no dispute over the importance of using evidence to inform policy-making. This has been demonstrated by a number of policies informed by evidence, for example the growth with equity policy in...

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A network of diversity, passion for social change, and mutual support
2014-11-29
A network of diversity, passion for social change, and mutual support

The last day of the Africa Evidence Network Colloquium was reserved for practical in-depth training sessions in core skills related to EIDM. This included among other training in research synthesis, p...

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An evidence leader’s thoughts on evidence-use in Africa
2018-06-29 2018 africa award evidence leadership
An evidence leader’s thoughts on evidence-use in Africa

Velia Manyonga is the inaugural recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award offered by the Africa Evidence Network. Based in Malawi and working with parliamentarians there, we ask...

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A review of Kenya’s 2019 Data Protection Act: Insights for Data Controllers in Africa
2020-07-03 blog informs learns
A review of Kenya’s 2019 Data Protection Act:  Insights for Data Controllers in Africa

  The future of the world is littered in zeros and ones. Many commentators have rightfully claimed that “data is the new oil”. Without a doubt, personal data is quickly becoming th...

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Back to the Roots: Enhancing Mutual Learning and Innovation in Evidence-Informed Decision Making Using Storytelling
2022-10-14 advocates informs learns news
Back to the Roots: Enhancing Mutual Learning and Innovation in Evidence-Informed Decision Making Using Storytelling

Photo: Worldbank Photo Collection/Flickr Background  While evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) is critical in supporting Africa's sustainable development and transformati...

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Be passionate and patient: AELA 2022
2022-04-20 africa award evidence leadership
Be passionate and patient: AELA 2022

  Eucharia Oluchi Nwaichi, is the recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award 2022 in the Evidence Producer category offered by the Africa Evidence Network. We caught up with Eucharia ab...

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Better Links, Better EIDM
2016-03-31
Better Links, Better EIDM

On the 8th March 2016, the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) hosted a road show in Blantyre, Malawi to promote the network and its activities to organisations in Malawi that are focused on evidence-i...

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Brazilian Coalition for Evidence brings organizations together to build a network for sharing knowledge in Brazil
2021-08-16 blog highlights informs news
Brazilian Coalition for Evidence brings organizations together to build a network for sharing knowledge in Brazil

About 50 Brazilian institutions that work in the field of evidence-informed policymaking (EIP) have been engaged since April in the Brazilian Coalition of Evidence. Articulated by Instituto Vered...

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Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence: 5 Successes from the Vaka Yiko programme
2016-07-15
Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence: 5 Successes from the Vaka Yiko programme

The VakaYiko Consortium is made up of five core organizations and seven grantees. INASP is leading this Consortium. Together we’re working to build capacity for evidence...

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Call for Applications - 4th BRICS Young Scientist Forum
2019-09-19 advocate informs news
Call for Applications - 4th BRICS Young Scientist Forum

Announcement for inviting applications for participation in the 4th BRICs Young Scientist Conclave. Date: 6 - 8 November, 2019 - Themes: Cybersecurity and Bioeconomy - Venue: Campinas, ...

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Call for Applications - The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science School, Pretoria 13- 24 January 2020
2019-10-03 advocate informs news
Call for Applications - The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science School, Pretoria 13- 24 January 2020

In response to a number of requests, we have agreed to extend the deadline for applications for The CODATA-RDA Research Data Science School, Pretoria 13-  24 January 2020 to 31 October 2019. U...

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Calling the aspiring and inspiring amongst you: The Africa Evidence Leadership Award
2018-01-31
Calling the aspiring and inspiring amongst you: The Africa Evidence Leadership Award

  The field of evidence-informed decision-making in Africa has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. We have seen a growth in the number of people engaged in producing and using...

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Capacity development aimed at system-level change in/for evidence use in Africa
2021-12-07 blog events evidence-capacities-webinar-series-2021 highlights informs learns news
Capacity development aimed at system-level change in/for evidence use in Africa

From left to right: Kirchuffs Atengble (PACKS Africa), Emily Hayter (INASP) and Ruth Stewart (ACE)    This blog post is based on the third webinar of the Evidence Capacities webinar seri...

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Capacity Development for Evidence-Use in Africa: Building a Database of Organisations
2022-06-09
Capacity Development for Evidence-Use in Africa: Building a Database of Organisations

  Building a database of organisations that conduct capacity development for evidence-use in Africa Flowing from the AEN’s Manifesto on Capacity Development for Evidence-Informed Deci...

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Celebrating my three years with the Africa Evidence Network
2020-08-20 blog informs learns
Celebrating my three years with the Africa Evidence Network

  I had the honour of joining the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) as a member and then became the head of operations in 2017. The AEN is an African network open to all with an interest in eviden...

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Celebrating the use of evidence for knowledge translation (KT)
2021-07-20 blog eidm evidence-network organisation news
Celebrating the use of evidence for knowledge translation (KT)

Veredas is a Brazilian non-governmental organisation (NGO) that was created in 2016 to build bridges between public management, universities, and civil society, fostering greater access to technical a...

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CLEAR-AA Wits Vacancies
2019-11-13 advocates connects evaluation informs learns monitoring news vacancy
CLEAR-AA Wits Vacancies

The Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) at University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has the following vacancies: 1)  “Young and Emerging Eva...

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Collecting individual voices: The power of stories of change in the EIDM field
2020-10-13 blog informs learns
Collecting individual voices: The power of stories of change in the EIDM field

For most of my professional life, I worked in community development projects. It has always been a part of my responsibility to capture and share impact in the form of success stories. I would write n...

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Community Evidence Home Schools (CEHS): A tool for achieving early years intervention benefits for children aged 3-5 years in fragile communities
2019-09-09 africa evidence week blog cameroon education informs learns
Community Evidence Home Schools (CEHS): A tool for achieving early years intervention benefits for children aged 3-5 years in fragile communities

IMAGE: Petra teaching her 3-5years children in their transformed pre-school setting (Bambili, 2019) Since 2016, civil disobedience operations, school boycotts, destruction and closure of sch...

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Community, passion and leadership: standing in awe of what Africa Evidence Week 2021 was
2021-09-17 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs news
Community, passion and leadership: standing in awe of what Africa Evidence Week 2021 was

  Last-minute additions. Constant telephone conversations with colleagues are miles away. Twitter-fatigue (if that’s a thing). It’s difficult to capture what pulling of an Africa E...

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Connecting evidence to policy and practice in Benin: lessons and perspectives
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
Connecting evidence to policy and practice in Benin: lessons and perspectives

  Over the past few years, ACED has been very active in making Benin’s ecosystem of  evidence use work better. We have implemented several activities and improved our  understa...

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Connecting the dots between different communities: Mark Heywood looks forward to EVIDENCE 2018
2018-08-08
Connecting the dots between different communities: Mark Heywood looks forward to EVIDENCE 2018

The EVIDENCE conferences are Africa’s preeminent event for all those in the region with a dedication to evidence-informed decision-making. This year’s event – EVIDENCE 2018 ...

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Connect with other environmentalists interested in evidence
2018-06-20
Connect with other environmentalists interested in evidence

Have you ever wanted to complete a funding proposal that calls for collaboration between yourself and people from somewhere in the world where you have no contacts? The team at the Collaboration ...

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Count down to Evidence 2016 (81 days to go…)
2016-06-30
Count down to Evidence 2016 (81 days to go…)

We are 81 days away from the biggest gathering of the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) community in Africa: Evidence 2016 will be taking place at the Council for Scientific and ...

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COVID-19 and evidence use in Ghana: key reflections
2020-06-24 blog covid-19 eidm in covid-19 informs learns packs africa
COVID-19 and evidence use in Ghana: key reflections

  The COVID-19 pandemic has created an immediate and urgent need for more and better data and evidence to help the government make informed decisions and in designing public intervention progr...

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DataMaps, Evidence, and Decision Making for Sustainable Development Goals: Experiences from Basic Services in Cameroon
2019-09-12 africa evidence week blog cameroon evidence-informed decision-making informs learns
DataMaps, Evidence, and Decision Making for Sustainable Development Goals: Experiences from Basic Services in Cameroon

When the Europeans arrived Cameroon in the 17th Century, they were surprised to meet a king in the Bamoum Kingdom North of the Rio dos Cameroes with a map, statistics, and wri...

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Day 1: Time to Engage at #evidence2016
2016-09-21
Day 1: Time to Engage at #evidence2016

  Delegates from 20 countries at the Evidence 2016 conference in Pretoria, South Africa Day one of #Evidence2016 saw many of delegates from 20 countries and 16 within African states and out...

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Day 2 at #AEN2014: Of ‘thinking-based policy’ & ‘policy pies’
2014-11-26
Day 2 at #AEN2014: Of ‘thinking-based policy’ & ‘policy pies’

The second day of the 2014 Africa Evidence colloquium marked the advance of the researchers into the colloquium spotlight. Had the first day seen presentations from government officials on EIDM in Afr...

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Day 2: Understanding evidence and context at #evidence2016
2016-09-22
Day 2: Understanding evidence and context at #evidence2016

  Cross governmental panel representatives from South African departments: DPSA, DPME, DST, PSPPD and National Treasury Day two of #evidence2016 aimed at understanding the evidence. The foc...

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Day 3: Networking and relationships the tool of choice? #evidence2016
2016-10-04
Day 3: Networking and relationships the tool of choice? #evidence2016

  Evidence 2016 Day 3 graphic recording by Nicolene Louw from Fine-Line Over the last two days, we learn about engaging with the evidence and grappled with how it should be understood ...

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Designing a low-tech digital education RCT during a pandemic: tools, tips and tricks
2021-09-12 africa evidence week 2021 blog highlights informs learns news
Designing a low-tech digital education RCT during a pandemic: tools, tips and tricks

Blog originally published on the Young 1ove website In March 2020, the onset of COVID-19 and school closures in Botswana presented an opportunity to pivot our education programs to remote inst...

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Designing equity into evidence-informed decision-making capacity development in Africa: Experiences from Cameroon
2021-11-05 advocates africa evidence week 2021 events evidence-capacities-webinar-2021 informs learns news
Designing equity into evidence-informed decision-making capacity development in Africa: Experiences from Cameroon

  This blog post is based on the second webinar of the new Evidence Capacities webinar series, hosted by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). Th...

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Developing the African ecosystem through mentorship: a seat at the table of evidence leaders
2022-02-17 advocates events evidence informs news
Developing the African ecosystem through mentorship: a seat at the table of evidence leaders

Photo: Talitha Mpando The evidence ecosystem on the continent is one which is growing every day, as leaders remain determined to push the agenda of enhancing evidence use for policy and practi...

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Digital citizen evidence and the future of evidence practice in Africa
2020-07-03 blog covid-19 eidm in covid-19 informs learns
Digital citizen evidence and the future of evidence practice in Africa

The unpredictability of the COVID-19 virus and the resultant lockdown measures implemented by African governments to contain its spread raised legitimate questions on the impact of the restrictions on...

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Does Africa have enough capacity to produce evidence maps and evidence syntheses?
2017-05-31
Does Africa have enough capacity to produce evidence maps and evidence syntheses?

  Africa Evidence Network Capacity in Africa Survey Report 2017 A Nobel prize-winning economist, Robert Lucas once said: “ONCE you start thinking about growth, it’s hard to thin...

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Does Evaluation really matter? Lessons from life experiences
2015-02-20
Does Evaluation really matter? Lessons from life experiences

  By Louis Gerald Maluwa  Professional Evaluation is a relatively new discipline which evolved from various academic fields into an independent scientific discipline in the early ...

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eBASE Africa receives funding support from the IDRC
2021-08-20 blog highlights informs news
eBASE Africa receives funding support from the IDRC

Image source: eBASE Africa IDRC Supports eBASE Africa Assess the Impact of Mis/Disinformaion on use of Research Evidence in Public Policy Decision Making in West and Central Africa in a Season of C...

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EBMAfricaNet: An innovative approach of translating and implementing evidence using freely available evidence from existing evidence networks
2019-09-13 africa evidence week blog cameroon evidence-informed decision-making informs learns
EBMAfricaNet: An innovative approach of translating and implementing evidence using freely available evidence from existing evidence networks

In June 2018 at the JBI collaboration colloquium in Antwerp, eBASE Africa initiated a bold concept of evidence implementation with iScientia Belgium to increase the use of existing guidelines through ...

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Education institutions’ preparation for the rapid shift to online-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
2020-07-22 blog informs learns
Education institutions’ preparation for the rapid shift to online-learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

  The South African education sector, like other countries in the world, is faced with challenges due to the emergence of COVID-19. One of the ways of controlling the spread of this virus...

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EIDM in Africa: innovative at its core
2019-12-13 advocates blog highlights informs news
EIDM in Africa: innovative at its core

One of the things the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat this year has focused on showcasing innovative evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa. Some of the highlights from 2019...

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EIDM in Africa: where social justice underpins our commitment and Ubuntu bolsters our drive
2020-10-20 blog informs learns
EIDM in Africa: where social justice underpins our commitment and Ubuntu bolsters our drive

  As the Senior Manager for Strategy at the Africa Evidence Network, I had the privilege as well as the daunting task of summarising key elements of AEN’s EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE collo...

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Elements of a successful evaluation capacity building intervention in Africa: A landscape of participant’s perceptions
2020-01-20 blog clear-aa evidence-informed decision-making informs learns
Elements of a successful evaluation capacity building intervention in Africa: A landscape of participant’s perceptions

Introduction The last decade has witnessed the growth in accountability, by donors who demand to know how their funds are utilized, and by the citizenry, who increasingly expect governments to be a...

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Embracing organic, long-term learning through network membership: My 10-year experience with the AEN
2022-07-19
Embracing organic, long-term learning through network membership: My 10-year experience with the AEN

Photo Credit: Brittany Hammonds   “Practice is a shared history of learning. Practice is conversational. Communities of Practice are groups of people who share a concern or a pas...

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Engaging policy makers in the use of evidence in agriculture: Case study in inland fishery in Benin
2019-09-11 africa evidence week benin blog environment informs learns
Engaging policy makers in the use of evidence in agriculture: Case study in inland fishery in Benin

The fishery sector and related industries in Benin provide up to 32% of the animal proteins consumed by people and generate employment for around 600 000 people,&nbs...

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Enhancing capacities amidst the stress of COVID-19
2020-05-19 advocates blog covid-19 eidm in covid-19 informs news
Enhancing capacities amidst the stress of COVID-19

“Change is not always bad. Change can be good.” By Dries van Noten Currently, here in South Africa, the seasons are changing. Autumn slowly bids us goodbye as winter says hello. During ...

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Episode 1: Improving livelihoods of children with disabilities (CWD) using innovation and best practices
2020-03-13 blog ebase effective basic services africa informs learns
Episode 1: Improving livelihoods of children with disabilities (CWD) using innovation and best practices

  In this first episode of the disability blog series, we narrate how using evidence recommendations can improve the livelihoods of children with disabilities (CWDs). We used a rigorous a...

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Episode 2: Stories on Disability
2020-06-03 blog ebase effective basic services africa informs learns
Episode 2: Stories on Disability

  In this episode of the disability blog series, we discuss how evidence can be used to reduce stigma and debunk myths for better livelihoods for people with disabilities at the family and com...

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Episode 3: Engaging Policy-Makers in Evidence Implementation
2020-09-18 blog ebase africa evidence 2020 online informs learns
Episode 3: Engaging Policy-Makers in Evidence Implementation

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. In this episode of the disability blog series, we describe how engaging policy-makers ...

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EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #6: What do we know about impact evaluation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa?
2020-07-03 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #6: What do we know about impact evaluation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa?

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, read the study report, or watch the recorded webinar.  The Africa Evi...

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EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #7: Spotlighting capacity enhancement activities, networks and opportunities across EIDM organisations
2020-07-02 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #7: Spotlighting capacity enhancement activities, networks and opportunities across EIDM organisations

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, or watch the recorded webinar.  The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) hosted its 7t...

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EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #8: Evolving evidence, fake news, and emerging contexts: researchers at the nexus of EIDM for COVID-19
2020-07-30 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #8: Evolving evidence, fake news, and emerging contexts: researchers at the nexus of EIDM for COVID-19

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, or watch the recorded webinar. The Africa Evidence Network hosted the 8th Africa Evi...

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EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #9: Experiences around the ‘Art’ and ‘Science’ of evidence-use: Stories from Africa
2020-09-02 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | Africa Evidence Webinar #9: Experiences around the ‘Art’ and ‘Science’ of evidence-use: Stories from Africa

If you are interested in this topic, you can review the webinar presentation, or read more in the blog post. The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) hosted the 9th #AfricaEvidenceWebinar entitl...

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EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Exploring communities of practice for evidence-informed decision-making in Africa
2020-09-04 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Exploring communities of practice for evidence-informed decision-making in Africa

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, or watch the recorded webinar. On 4 September 2020, the Africa Evidence Network hosted the #AfricaE...

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EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Getting research into households (GRIH) through the eBASE family-centred evidence toolkit for disability
2020-09-09 advocates africa evidence webinar connects ebase africa event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Getting research into households (GRIH) through the eBASE family-centred evidence toolkit for disability

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, or watch the recorded webinar. The Africa Evidence Network hosted the #AfricaEvidenceWebinar entitl...

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EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Replicable Strategies for Institutionalizing Evidence Use: Stories from Africa
2020-09-02 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Replicable Strategies for Institutionalizing Evidence Use: Stories from Africa

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, or watch the recorded webinar. The Africa Evidence Network hosted the #AfricaEvidenceWebinar entitl...

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EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Virtual conferences are better than physical ones: yes, no, maybe?
2020-11-18 advocates africa evidence webinar connects event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | Virtual conferences are better than physical ones: yes, no, maybe?

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. The Africa Evidence Network hosted the #AfricaEvidenceWebinar entitled: "Virtual confe...

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EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | We attain: using innovation and best practice to improve educational attainment in Middle Africa
2020-09-16 advocates africa evidence webinar connects ebaseafrica event informs learns
EVENT UPDATE | #AfricaEvidenceWebinar | We attain: using innovation and best practice to improve educational attainment in Middle Africa

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, read more in the blog post, or watch the recorded webinar. The Africa Evidence Network hosted the #AfricaEvidenceWebinar e...

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Evidence 2016: Jump-off point for work on decolonising evidence-informed decision-making on climate change
2022-08-19 advocates informs learns news
Evidence 2016: Jump-off point for work on decolonising evidence-informed decision-making on climate change

Photo credit: Eric Ngang   I joined the AEN in 2015. I got fully engaged in 2016 when I took part in the conference in Pretoria and presented my work on using local knowledge and practices ...

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Evidence 2016: What an exciting and productive conference
2016-10-21
Evidence 2016: What an exciting and productive conference

  Evidence 2016 graphic recording is by Nicolene Louw from Fine-Line Our Africa Evidence Network team at the University of Johannesburg is still buzzing from the excitement o...

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EVIDENCE 2018: Early catch a great discount on registration fees
2018-02-28
EVIDENCE 2018: Early catch a great discount on registration fees

  EVIDENCE 2018 will take place from 25-28 September 2018, and registration for the event opens 1 March 2018. This is the third biennial event by the Africa Evidence Network and...

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Evidence 2018 to discuss four crucial topics for Africa-Part 1
2018-04-13
Evidence 2018 to discuss four crucial topics for Africa-Part 1

Evidence 2018 is approaching, and our excitement is growing! In this post two strand leaders write about why these  strands are important for Africa. In the next blog, the other two strands will ...

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EVIDENCE 2018: We hope to meet you there
2018-01-12
EVIDENCE 2018: We hope to meet you there

  EVIDENCE 2016 delegates at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria/Tshwane, South Africa.   So you are preparing for EVIDENCE 2018 and have all the expectat...

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Evidence-based approaches to tackling recent increases in gender-based violence
2020-07-03 blog covid-19 eidm in covid-19 informs learns
Evidence-based approaches to tackling recent increases in gender-based violence

  This blog post first appeared on the Abdul Jameel Latif Poverty Action Lab's blog. Many countries have witnessed a surge in cases of domestic violence due to the onse...

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Evidence-Based First Aid Education in Africa
2021-09-03 africa evidence week 2021 blog highlights informs learns news
Evidence-Based First Aid Education in Africa

Teaching the general public first aid as a means to increase communities’ resilience is one of the main goals of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movement. Research has shown that this...

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Evidence gaps could compromise youth development initiatives in Zimbambwe
2016-08-19
Evidence gaps could compromise youth development initiatives in Zimbambwe

The Deputy Minister for Youth Development and Economic  Empowerment Honourable Mathias Tongofa giving a key note address during the ‘Youth Build Zimbabwe Symposium’ Zimbabwe i...

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Evidence Hesitancy: How an innovative evidence translation approach decrypted a wicked problem
2019-09-09 africa evidence week blog cameroon evidence-informed decision-making informs learns
Evidence Hesitancy: How an innovative evidence translation approach decrypted a wicked problem

In 2016, eBASE Africa a JBI affiliated group in collaboration with CamCoSo a Cochrane affiliated consumer group in Cameroon, started work with traditional story tellers, poets...

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Evidence. Influence. Impact. & a good story to tell
2015-04-12
Evidence. Influence. Impact. & a good story to tell

Last week, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation’s (3ie) annual report was released carrying the well-established title of Evidence. Influence. Impact. The report, once mo...

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Evidence, morals, and justice: a personal story and experiments in knowing
2017-11-23
Evidence, morals, and justice: a personal story and experiments in knowing

  It is a wonderful time to part of the Global Evidence Community: production of rigorous and policy-relevant research evidence is increasing, governments, NGOs, and practitioners aim to ...

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Evidence of a community health intervention: a step towards leaving no one behind in healthcare services
2020-07-03 blog informs learns
Evidence of a community health intervention: a step towards leaving no one behind in healthcare services

  Over 70% of Nigeria's population is classified as poor, with 35% living in absolute poverty. Poverty is especially severe in rural areas, where social services and infrastructure are lim...

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Evidence-Policy-Action Network for advancing evidence use in policy and practice in Benin
2019-09-10 africa evidence week benin blog evidence-informed decision-making informs learns
Evidence-Policy-Action Network for advancing evidence use in policy and practice in Benin

In Benin, the Evidence-Policy-Action (EPA) Network is established to create a functional and multi-stakeholders’ platform between evidence generators (researchers,&...

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Evidence & Policy in Africa: Welcome to the AEN!
2014-07-15 advocates blog events evidence informs learns news
Evidence & Policy in Africa: Welcome to the AEN!

  As an African traveling overseas one is bound to encounter some of the many misconceptions the rest of the world seems to have developed about Africa. Africa might be a country, or it might ...

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Evidence synthesis at ACE: Supporting the use of research evidence in Africa
2017-01-31
Evidence synthesis at ACE: Supporting the use of research evidence in Africa

  African scientists are daily producing new knowledge and insights into how to support socio-economic development across the continent. Often, however, this research and its findings is only ...

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Evolving evidence, fake news, and emerging contexts: researchers at the nexus of EIDM for COVID-19
2020-09-16 blog covid-19 eidm in covid-19 informs
Evolving evidence, fake news, and emerging contexts: researchers at the nexus of EIDM for COVID-19

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. The ecosystem around evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) has been growing steadily in Afric...

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Expérience de l’Organisation Ouest-Africaine de la Santé (OOAS) dans la promotion de l’utilisation des évidences dans la prise de décision et la prati
2019-09-11 africa evidence week blog french health informs learns
Expérience de l’Organisation Ouest-Africaine de la Santé (OOAS) dans la promotion de l’utilisation des évidences dans la prise de décision et la prati

L’Organisation Ouest-Africaine de la Santé (OOAS), l’institution spécialisée en santé de la Communauté Economique des Etas de l’Afrique de l’...

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Experience of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) in promoting the use of evidence in decision-making and practice in the ECOWAS region
2019-09-11 africa evidence week blog health informs learns
Experience of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) in promoting the use of evidence in decision-making and practice in the ECOWAS region

The West African Health Organization (WAHO), is the specialized health institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). One of its missions is to promote research to co...

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Experiences around the art and science of evidence-use webinar: stories from Africa
2020-09-18 blog evidence 2020 online learns
Experiences around the art and science of evidence-use webinar: stories from Africa

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation. On Wednesday 26 August, the Africa Evidence Network hosted a panel discussion on African experiences around the ...

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Exploring communities of practice for EIDM in Africa: prospects and challenges
2020-09-17 blog evidence 2020 online learns
Exploring communities of practice for EIDM in Africa: prospects and challenges

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) is critical for all knowledge economies ...

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Exploring relationships and partnerships for enhancing capacities for EIDM in Africa
2022-02-03 advocates africa evidence week 2021 blog events evidence-capacities-webinar-2021 informs learns news
Exploring relationships and partnerships for enhancing capacities for EIDM in Africa

Photo: Africa Evidence Network Evidence Capacities Webinar four participants This blog post is based on the fourth webinar of the Evidence Capacities webinar series, hosted by the Africa Evidence N...

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Fast-tracking Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Resource Poor Settings: The need for a Transferability Tool
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
Fast-tracking Evidence-Informed Decision-Making in Resource Poor Settings: The need for a Transferability Tool

  Over the last two decades, Africa’s research output has grown eight folds. Between the years, 2000 and 2020, African research output as a percentage to world research output grew by al...

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Financial management = Good quality accounting + Generous helping of EIDM
2016-04-18
Financial management = Good quality accounting + Generous helping of EIDM

Evidence-informed policy-making or decision-making (EIPM or EIDM) is most often referred to in the context of government decision-making as it relates to the consideration of good quality evidence (id...

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From capacity building to developing capacities: dreaming big about improving evidence use
2019-02-20 capacity building
From capacity building to developing capacities: dreaming big about improving evidence use

Knowledge and information sharing are two of the main reasons people join the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). More specifically, demand for more capacity development for evidence production and use com...

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Global Evidence Summit: an epiphany for a young and emerging researcher
2017-10-31
Global Evidence Summit: an epiphany for a young and emerging researcher

  Plenary one at the Global Evidence Summit 2017 Attending the 2017 Global Evidence Summit (GES) in Cape Town as a young and emerging researcher was profound academically, personally and so...

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Global Evidence Summit: an epiphany for a young and emerging researcher
2017-10-31
Global Evidence Summit: an epiphany for a young and emerging researcher

  Plenary one at the Global Evidence Summit 2017 Attending the 2017 Global Evidence Summit (GES) in Cape Town as a young and emerging researcher was profound academically, personally and so...

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Going for the sweet spot in evidence-informed decision-making: the behaviour of making decisions
2015-07-10
Going for the sweet spot in evidence-informed decision-making: the behaviour of making decisions

I suppose most of us might be familiar with the famous joining the gym dilemma. In the quest of keeping to one’s new year’s resolution, earlier in the year an overly ambitious past-persona...

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Growing the Evidence –Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) Community
2015-07-31
Growing the Evidence –Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) Community

On 3 June 2015, the Africa Evidence Network (AEN), in collaboration with the Anglophone Africa Centre for Learning, Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA), held its 2015 regional meeting in Johannesburg, S...

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Guidelines International Network African Community: Taking Leadership for Clinical Guidance for Africa
2018-03-16
Guidelines International Network African Community: Taking Leadership for Clinical Guidance for Africa

First published on the Guidelines International Network (GIN) website The guidelines international network (G-I-N) is an international network of individuals and organisations whose mission is...

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Healthcare evidence brokering for Agenda 2063: the role of early career clinicians and biomedical students in patient involvement
2019-09-12 africa evidence week blog cameroon health informs learns
Healthcare evidence brokering for Agenda 2063: the role of early career clinicians and biomedical students in patient involvement

Optimal health is a major determinant of any sustainable development worldwide. Recognition of this factor is gradually attracting a compulsory investment to achieve Agenda 2063 aspiration of: A ...

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Highlights for 2020 and what does 2021 hold for Africa Evidence Network (AEN)?
2020-12-09 blog informs learns
Highlights for 2020 and what does 2021 hold for Africa Evidence Network (AEN)?

What does 2021 hold for the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) during the coronavirus outbreak? For the AEN, what an exciting year this has been! Not only did the Network have ambitious plans for increased...

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Highlights from Africa Evidence Week
2019-09-13 africa evidence week informs news
Highlights from Africa Evidence Week

My colleagues and I on the secretariat of the AEN are overwhelmed by the festivities from all across Africa during Africa Evidence Week. We are proud of (but not surprised by!) the wealth of evidence-...

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Highlights of the JRC’s #EU4Facts conference- 60 years in science
2017-10-20
Highlights of the JRC’s #EU4Facts conference- 60 years in science

  #EU4Facts panel from left to right: Former European Commissioners Janez Potocnik and Marie Ceoghegan-Quinn and European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navrac...

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How a global pandemic catalyses partnerships and collaborations
2020-05-19 blog connects covid-19 eidm in covid-19 learns news
How a global pandemic catalyses partnerships and collaborations

As of 18 May 2020, Africa has over 60 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The spread of the virus has not only affected people’s everyday lives but has put a toll on the health, economy, and p...

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How to build African evaluation capacities
2017-02-10
How to build African evaluation capacities

  Ms Adeline Sibanda speaking at the Evidence 2016 conference in Pretoria, South Africa Building evaluation capacity can be achieved in a number of ways: from conferences where de...

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ICT in education in developing countries: considering the evidence and implications for South Africa
2016-05-20
ICT in education in developing countries: considering the evidence and implications for South Africa

At the best of times, it is hard to know which interventions work best and under what conditions in public schools in developing countries. What makes this harder is the knowledge that most developing...

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If evidence-informed decision-making is our religion, we fall prey to this deadly sin
2019-05-17 blog informs learns
If evidence-informed decision-making is our religion, we fall prey to this deadly sin

  Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL). Sometimes just thinking about it can make us break out into a cold sweat. Nearly everyone I have worked with knows it is important – like ea...

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Impact evaluation capacity in Africa: scoping study
2020-04-13 blog impact evaluation capacity informs learns
Impact evaluation capacity in Africa: scoping study

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, watch the recorded webinar, or read the study report. The AEN Evidence 2020 is a biennial event hosted by the Af...

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Impressions from Day 1 at #AEN2014
2014-11-26
Impressions from Day 1 at #AEN2014

The first day of the 2014 Africa Evidence Network colloquium brought together over a hundred international and national delegates at the University of Johannesburg to discuss the theory and practice o...

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Improving M&E culture in African governments to support evidence-informed decision-making – survey insights ​​​​​​
2020-08-17 blog informs learns twende mbele
Improving M&E culture in African governments to support evidence-informed decision-making – survey insights ​​​​​​

  Many countries in Africa are using monitoring and evaluation (M&E) as part of their efforts to improve the performance of the public sector through evidence-informed decision-making. A k...

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Improving the evidence-policy interface can mean a long-term commitment
2017-03-17
Improving the evidence-policy interface can mean a long-term commitment

  he participants who attended the Collaborative Workshop on Evidence-based Policy-making that was held at SAPPI Technology Centre in Pretoria on 19 and 20 November 2008. Image: CSIR If you...

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In Africa, we are bringing the sunshine into our homes!
2019-09-12 africa evidence week blog cameroon environment informs learns
In Africa, we are bringing the sunshine into our homes!

In Cameroon and most of Africa, food is usually prepared by women and children on a three stones fireside. They usually spend hours gathering wood and several more hours cooking food. Women and childr...

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Innovative EVIDENCE 2018
2018-05-11
Innovative EVIDENCE 2018

  EVIDENCE 2018 is breaking down the boundaries of traditional academic conferences, with this year’s event offering more features to enhance the inclusivity and innovation of the event....

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Insights into parameters for an Africa-led capacity development for EIDM
2021-10-12 blog events evidence-capacities-webinar-series-2021 highlights informs learns news
Insights into parameters for an Africa-led capacity development for EIDM

This blog post is based on the first webinar of the new Evidence Capacities webinar series, hosted by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN). The AEN Evidence Capacities webinar series aims to create a pla...

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Interaction between researchers and decision-makers: first, do no harm.
2016-05-23
Interaction between researchers and decision-makers: first, do no harm.

This is the second blog discussing a recent paper by DPME’s Harsha Dayal on the use of evidence to reflect on South Africa’s 20 years of democracy. The first AEN blog introducing the paper...

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Interview with Zimbabwe policy-maker: rapid synthesis service
2019-09-10 africa evidence week blog health informs learns zimbabwe
Interview with Zimbabwe policy-maker: rapid synthesis service

Governments across the globe are progressively realizing the significance of research synthesis in health policy and systems decision-making processes. Research evidence is required to ...

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Investing in capacity: our barriers to evidence use in government workshop for government officials in South Africa
2015-08-28
Investing in capacity: our barriers to evidence use in government workshop for government officials in South Africa

There is no magic or silver bullet to encourage government departments to increase their use of evidence in decision-making, whether working internally or externally to government. This is the main...

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Investing in capacity: our barriers to evidence use in government workshop for government officials in South Africa -Part 2
2015-09-11
Investing in capacity: our barriers to evidence use in government workshop for government officials in South Africa -Part 2

The challenge of modern governments is to deliver high quality and accessible services that transform people’s lives and lead to societies that are prosperous and caring. How you achieve that...

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Investing in capacity: our evidence-informed workshop for government officials in South Africa
2015-08-28
Investing in capacity: our evidence-informed workshop for government officials in South Africa

(The Information and Communication Technologies in Education group grapples with issues in their field-with facilitator Dr Batchelor from the University of Johannesburg) There is no magic or silver...

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Joining the EIDM movement in Africa? You're in the right place: AELA 2022
2022-04-20 africa award evidence leadership
Joining the EIDM movement in Africa? You're in the right place: AELA 2022

  Gloria Anderson is the recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award 2022 in the Evidence Users category offered by the Africa Evidence Network. We caught up with Gloria about recei...

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Keeping a network engaged and vibrant: Methods, tools, and good practices
2020-06-30 blog informs learns
Keeping a network engaged and vibrant: Methods, tools, and good practices

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. When you want to know which direction to take, ask others. This adage can be...

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Key highlights of the 8th AFREA conference and what it means for Eastern Africa
2017-07-31
Key highlights of the 8th AFREA conference and what it means for Eastern Africa

  Ms Jennifer Mutua, Former board representative to AFREA As the immediate former elected AFREA board representative for Eastern Africa (the hosts), the 8th conference gave me great pr...

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Let’s get the conversation started! Satellite sessions at EVIDENCE 2018
2018-07-20
Let’s get the conversation started! Satellite sessions at EVIDENCE 2018

With under three months to go until EVIDENCE 2018 opens to explode the divide between evidence producers and users, we have finalised the satellite sessions being offered before the official...

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Looking deeper to apply evidence better
2016-01-29
Looking deeper to apply evidence better

Not having sufficient evidence to understand a developmental problem and how to act on it can result in inefficient decision-making which can be costly in a resource-poor environment such as Malawi. H...

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Looking forward to the Evidence 2016 conference
2016-09-02
Looking forward to the Evidence 2016 conference

The Evidence 2016 conference is happening from 20-22 September 2016 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. The conference chair Dr Shanil Haricharan shares his thoughts abo...

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Losing sight in the jungle of reviews: a comment on the system behind ‘systematic reviews’
2015-03-11
Losing sight in the jungle of reviews: a comment on the system behind ‘systematic reviews’

Systematic reviews claim to present the gold standard when it comes to research synthesis. Vested in a rigorous and transparent methodological protocol, systematic review findings are regarded as auth...

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Luvuyo Zigana – ‘captured’ for evidence-informed policy-making in the water-environment-human nexus
2019-08-07 blog environment informs learns
Luvuyo Zigana – ‘captured’ for evidence-informed policy-making in the water-environment-human nexus

My name is Luvuyo Zigana, a 25-year-old environmental anthropologist by training and a policy developer by profession. I am an astute and experienced professional with expertise in policy development ...

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Mapping the EIDM landscape(s) in Africa: a series of 25 maps
2017-01-13
Mapping the EIDM landscape(s) in Africa: a series of 25 maps

  Evidence 2016 landscape maps and posters graphic recording  The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) is proud to launch a series of 25 maps on the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) l...

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Matters Evaluation and why Evaluation Matters
2021-10-12 blog events evidence-capacities-webinar-series-2021 highlights informs learns news
Matters Evaluation and why Evaluation Matters

  Imagine this: you have come into some cash and you want to go on a road trip with some friends. You decide on your desired destination (which in evaluation terms, we shall refer to as the ul...

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Moving the South African EIDM Community of Practice forward: Reflection on the Africa Evidence Network & PAN Children Roadshow
2016-03-18
Moving the South African EIDM Community of Practice forward: Reflection on the Africa Evidence Network & PAN Children Roadshow

Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in South Africa is growing: there is an increasing number of researchers and research institutions that are eager to share and tailor their research findings t...

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Need for evidence informed and multisectoral National Alcohol policy in Zimbabwe
2019-08-07 blog health informs learns zimbabwe
Need for evidence informed and multisectoral National Alcohol policy in Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwe national Alcohol policy was drafted in 2011 and to date it has not been passed into law which is a very worrisome situation. Another key question is that who led the alcohol policy making...

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New EIDM hub launched in time for Africa Evidence Week
2019-09-02 africa evidence week news
New EIDM hub launched in time for Africa Evidence Week

The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat has been working on rebuilding the AEN's website over the last five months, launching the first phase of the new evidence-informed decision-making (EI...

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On African knowledge repositories and evidence-informed policy-making
2018-02-15
On African knowledge repositories and evidence-informed policy-making

  Access to high-quality research is key to evidence-informed policymaking. The number of African knowledge repositories is increasing and has the potential to enable better access to more evi...

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Only together – award recipient’s reflections on how to champion evidence in Africa
2019-08-07 africa evidence leadership award blog informs learns
Only together – award recipient’s reflections on how to champion evidence in Africa

Mapula Tshangela is the second recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award offered by the Africa Evidence Network. We caught up with Mapula about receiving the award and asked her some questions...

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Our Journey Towards Contextualizing A Relevant Evidence Portal: The Role of Networking and Collaborations
2020-09-30 blog ebase effective basic services africa informs learns
Our Journey Towards Contextualizing A Relevant Evidence Portal: The Role of Networking and Collaborations

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. At Effective Basic Services - eBASE Africa, promoting the use of research evidence by policy-mak...

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Pedagogies for EIDM capacity development in Africa
2022-03-30
Pedagogies for EIDM capacity development in Africa

Picture: Africa Evidence Network - Carina van Rooyen, Rose Oronje and Rhona Mijumbi  This blog post is based on the fifth webinar of the Evidence Capacities webinar series, hosted by the Afric...

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Peer education as a strategy to promote positive behaviour change among adolescents: Evidence or fallacy?
2020-07-03 blog informs learns
Peer education as a strategy to promote positive behaviour change among adolescents: Evidence or fallacy?

  Peer education is a popular concept whose history can be traced back as far as the history of Aristotle and there have been many peer education initiatives throughout history. It is worthy t...

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Peer learning strengthens African evaluation methods
2017-05-19
Peer learning strengthens African evaluation methods

  Twende Mbele launch at the 8th International African Evaluation Association conference in kampala, Uganda Photo credit: CLEAR- AA Twende Mbele is an initiative that began in 201...

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Planning for EVIDENCE 2022: reflecting on and learning from EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE
2020-12-09 blog informs learns
Planning for EVIDENCE 2022: reflecting on and learning from EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE

I am in awe of what we can achieve as a collective in Africa. EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE is just one example of many great things happening in our beautiful continent. The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) host...

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Policy dialogues: Lessons from the BCURE programme in Zimbabwe
2016-09-09
Policy dialogues: Lessons from the BCURE programme in Zimbabwe

Policy dialogues can really contribute to evidence-informed policies. They provide a platform for policy-makers to consider different evidence, values, beliefs and experiences around a policy issue. A...

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Policy insights on the use of evidence to reflect on South Africa’s 20 years of democracy
2016-04-20
Policy insights on the use of evidence to reflect on South Africa’s 20 years of democracy

An introduction by Laurenz Langer to Harsha Dayal´s Knowledge Sector Initiative Working Paper 7 As researchers in the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) space, we often debate, som...

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Policy-relevant evidence maps: DPME leading innovation in evidence-informed decision-making
2016-10-26
Policy-relevant evidence maps: DPME leading innovation in evidence-informed decision-making

  South Africa is a vibrant space for evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) with an increasingly global reputation. The country’s Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluati...

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Policy-relevant evidence maps: DPME leading innovation in evidence-informed decision-making
2016-10-26
Policy-relevant evidence maps: DPME leading innovation in evidence-informed decision-making

South Africa is a vibrant space for evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) with an increasingly global reputation. The country’s Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME)&...

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Positioning capacity-building on the long walk to evidence-informed development
2015-08-21
Positioning capacity-building on the long walk to evidence-informed development

Last month our UJ-BCURE programme reached its halfway milestone, an event coinciding with our regional AEN meeting. The team since had some time to reflect on the programme’s progress so far as ...

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Promoting EIDM amongst health care and education policy-makers through JBI- Comprehensive Systematic Review Premier Course Training; eBASE Africa, Cam
2019-08-07 blog education health informs learns
Promoting EIDM amongst health care and education policy-makers through JBI- Comprehensive Systematic Review Premier Course Training; eBASE Africa, Cam

Effective Basic Services (eBASE) Africa, is a multinational collaborativee organisation with headquarters in Bamenda, Cameroon. eBASE Africa is active in implementing charity and development projects ...

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Promoting evidence use: Why and how did we flip from 60-40 to 40-60?
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
Promoting evidence use: Why and how did we flip from 60-40 to 40-60?

  When we started working with policymakers in Benin to improve evidence use in decision making, one of our main hypotheses was that evidence use was low because decision makers did not h...

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Putting evidence on the table and increasing its uptake for effective policy and programming in Malawi
2015-10-20
Putting evidence on the table and increasing its uptake for effective policy and programming in Malawi

Globally and within Malawi, there is often disconnect between the work of policymakers, researchers and frontline clinicians. Without institutionalized exchange and collaboration, researchers are ofte...

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QES scholars learning about Africa’s evidence production and use
2019-08-07 blog informs learns
QES scholars learning about Africa’s evidence production and use

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship programme funds students to travel abroad so they may engage in meaningful learning and professional experiences.  The Africa Centre for Evidenc...

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Recognizing incredible teamwork in Africa: AELA 2022
2022-04-20 'africa award' evidence leadership
Recognizing incredible teamwork in Africa: AELA 2022

Temitope Olawunmi Sogbanmu, is the recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award 2022 in the Evidence Intermediaries category offered by the Africa Evidence Network. We caught up with Temitop...

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Reflections of an information/search specialist
2021-05-19 blog evidence-informed-decision-making learns news
Reflections of an information/search specialist

Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) uses a variety of tools to support the policy-making process including evidence maps and systematic reviews. These tools allow researchers to synthesise resear...

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Reflections on data analysis, management and visualization from SAMEA 2017 conference
2017-11-06
Reflections on data analysis, management and visualization from SAMEA 2017 conference

  The 6th South African M&E Association conference shows the changing evidence usage landscape. What stood out for me as a data-nerd is: (1) it is the first year that the confere...

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Reflections on data analysis, management and visualization from SAMEA 2017 conference
2017-11-06
Reflections on data analysis, management and visualization from SAMEA 2017 conference

  The 6th South African M&E Association conference shows the changing evidence usage landscape. What stood out for me as a data-nerd is: (1) it is the first year that the confere...

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Reflections on Evidence 2016
2016-11-18
Reflections on Evidence 2016

  Evidence 2016 Training workshop on  government evaluations graphic recording  A shift over time Fifteen years ago, in 2001, I had the privilege of working on the HIVSA p...

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Reflections on three years of informing decisions with data and evidence
2021-03-16 blog educates evidence-informed-decision-making informs news
Reflections on three years of informing decisions with data and evidence

This blog post first appeared on the IDInsight website; click here to view the original post. As Chris Chibwana, IDinsight’s Africa Lead and Partner, departs IDinsight, he shares five valuabl...

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Relationships, networking and homo evidence at #AEN2014
2014-11-28
Relationships, networking and homo evidence at #AEN2014

Day 3 at #AEN2014 was all about the network, networks, and the individuals making up networks. It served also as the official closure of the colloquium and an opportunity to reflect on and review thre...

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Replicable strategies for institutionalising evidence use: Stories from Africa
2020-09-21 blog evidence 2020 online informs learns
Replicable strategies for institutionalising evidence use: Stories from Africa

If you are interested in this topic, review the webinar presentation, or watch the recorded webinar. The use of evidence to inform decision-making in policy and practice&nb...

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School closures and learning loss in West Africa
2021-09-08 africa evidence week 2021 blog highlights informs learns news
School closures and learning loss in West Africa

Findings from IDinsight's assessment show children spent less time learning, had difficulty using the internet for remote learning, and girls faced unique challenges. The full report can be read h...

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Science of using science: an introduction to two new research reports on the use of evidence in decision-making
2016-04-27
Science of using science: an introduction to two new research reports on the use of evidence in decision-making

The use of research evidence to inform decision-making can increase the efficacy and relevance of policies and practices. From the US federal regulation on blood alcohol limits, to the design and fund...

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Science of using science: researching the use of research evidence in decision-making
2016-04-28
Science of using science: researching the use of research evidence in decision-making

‘So what exactly are the best ways of getting research used by decision-makers? Evidence rarely speaks for itself and you may have witnessed some impressive ways for research to get noticed and ...

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South-South collaboration to strengthen evidence use in Africa
2017-06-20
South-South collaboration to strengthen evidence use in Africa

  Dr Ekwaro Obuku speaking at an intra-African learning exchange on evidence synthesis hosted by the Africa Centre for Evidence  Limited Capacity for Evidence Synthesis and Use in Afri...

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Stepping down as Chair of the AEN and the dawn of a new era
2022-09-19 advocates informs learns news
Stepping down as Chair of the AEN and the dawn of a new era

Photo credit: Africa Centre for Evidence & Africa Evidence Network  If I close my eyes, I transport myself back to 2012 and the first meeting of the Africa Evidence Network after dinner in...

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Strands and leaders at EVIDENCE 2018
2018-03-29
Strands and leaders at EVIDENCE 2018

  I am very excited to be involved in EVIDENCE 2018, happening from 25 – 28 September this year. This year’s event will see the organising committee drawing on successes from ...

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Strengthened oversight capacity within African legislatures
2016-08-19
Strengthened oversight capacity within African legislatures

Legislatures with their workforce of democratically elected members represent one of the central pillars of democratic process; they play a crucial role in driving and sustaining equitable development...

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Strengthening the Use of Research in Environmental Policy Processes in South Africa
2019-09-13 africa evidence week blog environment informs learns south africa
Strengthening the Use of Research in Environmental Policy Processes in South Africa

As part of celebrating the amazing work being done on evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) across our continent during #AfricaEvidenceWeek, as the South African centre of the Collaboration of Envi...

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Successes, challenges and opportunities for evidence informed policy-making in Zimbabwe
2015-12-01
Successes, challenges and opportunities for evidence informed policy-making in Zimbabwe

There are examples of successful policies in Zimbabwe, informed by evidence. But, since independence, policymaking has largely been reactionary and ideologically driven. This has resulted in many poli...

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Supporting Ghana’s Parliament to use data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
2020-02-20 blog informs learns
Supporting Ghana’s Parliament to use data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

 Photo credit: Jonathan Ernst / World Bank Comprehensive data for monitoring the progress of SDG implementation is crucial to enable parliaments to perform their oversight and accountability r...

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Supporting Research Evidence to Inform Policy Implementation in Education; the Right Thing to do With Pre-Service Teachers in HTTC Bambili-Cameroon
2019-09-13 africa evidence week blog cameroon education informs learns
Supporting Research Evidence to Inform Policy Implementation in Education; the Right Thing to do With Pre-Service Teachers in HTTC Bambili-Cameroon

The Higher Teachers’ Training College (HTTC) Bambili is one of Cameroon’s standard institutions for higher learning, created mainly to train teachers teaching secondary and ...

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Systematic reviews: what, why, how, where?
2016-12-15
Systematic reviews: what, why, how, where?

  Ms Janice Tripeny presenting at Evidence 2016 Across many sectors of international development, the number of systematic reviews being commissioned by national and international poli...

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The 2017 Global Evidence Summit: Big, fun and informative
2017-09-20
The 2017 Global Evidence Summit: Big, fun and informative

  Dr Rhona Mijumbi-Deve presenting on rapid respond services in Uganda at the 2017 Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. It was everything it promised to be – big, fun an...

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The 2018 Pretoria Conference, a replay experience
2022-09-08 advocates informs learns news
The 2018 Pretoria Conference, a replay experience

We still remember those three days in Pretoria for EVIDENCE 2018 as if it were yesterday.  160 people from 28 African countries and 6 Western countries from various sectors, including academic...

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The AEN beyond 2016: preliminary results from the network membership survey
2016-06-15
The AEN beyond 2016: preliminary results from the network membership survey

Recently the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) invited its members to complete a survey, the purpose of which was to get a feel for what members gain from being part of the AEN, where they would be eager ...

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The Africa Evidence Leadership Award celebrates my personal commitment to EIDM in Africa
2020-04-17 africa evidence leadership award blog informs learns
The Africa Evidence Leadership Award celebrates my personal commitment to EIDM in Africa

Frejus Thoto is the third recipient of the Africa Evidence Leadership Award offered by the Africa Evidence Network. We caught up with Frejus about receiving the award and asked him some questions abou...

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The Africa Evidence Network (AEN): Spearheading the annihilation of the researcher-policy maker incompatibility fallacy
2016-07-29
The Africa Evidence Network (AEN): Spearheading the annihilation of the researcher-policy maker incompatibility fallacy

At some point in life, one experiences what may be regarded as the most exciting moments in life – I am experiencing one such moment right now. To get a clear understanding of my story, let m...

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The Africa Evidence Week: our truly regional platform to showcase evidence use
2021-09-12 africa evidence week 2021 blog highlights informs learns news
The Africa Evidence Week: our truly regional platform to showcase evidence use

Kirchuffs meets colleagues from Cameroon's eBASE Africa (December 2020) The policy challenges on the continent of Africa are enormous, and as development practitioners aiming to enhan...

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The #AfricaEvidenceWeek: What’s happening in Ghana?
2019-09-09 africa evidence week blog evidence-informed decision-making ghana informs learns
The #AfricaEvidenceWeek: What’s happening in Ghana?

Ghana joins other countries across the continent to showcase developments within the evidence-informed policy/decision making (EIPM/EIDM) space on the continent during th...

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The end of BCURE programme: Lessons from directors working in Africa
2016-12-07
The end of BCURE programme: Lessons from directors working in Africa

  Reviewing & learning: Professor Ruth Stewart at the BCURE 2015 meeting in London. The Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence Programme (BCURE) is an initiative by t...

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The long walk to evidence-informed development
2015-02-07
The long walk to evidence-informed development

  How networks and relationship support the use of evidence by decision-makers in international development The international development business circle generates and deconstructs solution...

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The long walk to evidence-informed development: arriving at irreversible policy changes
2015-09-25
The long walk to evidence-informed development: arriving at irreversible policy changes

In last month’s blog we presented a theory of change for evidence-informed development in an effort to explain how we think UJ-BCURE as a capacity-building programme for policy decisio...

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The long walk to evidence-informed development: final thoughts on evidence-literacy, ultra poor graduations, and playing games to change rules
2015-11-13
The long walk to evidence-informed development: final thoughts on evidence-literacy, ultra poor graduations, and playing games to change rules

This is the last post in a three-piece series of blogs summarising our Journal of Development Effectiveness paper titled ‘Walking the last mile on the long road to evidence-informed development:...

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The Monitoring and Evaluation Association of Swaziland attends the 8th International African Evaluation Association conference
2017-04-13
The Monitoring and Evaluation Association of Swaziland attends the 8th International African Evaluation Association conference

  Mr Clement Dlamini at the 8th International African Evaluation Association in Kampala, Uganda Introduction The Monitoring and Evaluation Association of Swaziland (MEAS) is a ...

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The negative socio-economic consequences of ideologically-based policy development: Land Reform
2015-01-23
The negative socio-economic consequences of ideologically-based policy development: Land Reform

  Guest blog by Marinda Weideman Policies pertaining to land reform tend to be ideologically, rather than empirically, motivated [1]. Such policies may have short-term benefits for tho...

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Theories of Change and Logic Models: the often-ignored tools for better evaluation
2016-01-15
Theories of Change and Logic Models: the often-ignored tools for better evaluation

Reclining on my couch one Friday night, I went through a bunch of completed evaluation questionnaires that I had collected from a group of evaluation respondents. I had over a hundred questionnaires, ...

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The power of RCTs: reflections & debates
2017-03-31
The power of RCTs: reflections & debates

  On Monday the 13th of March, the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) team attended a seminar held by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) foundation at the Wits University Bus...

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The road to affirmative action in Ghana: from evidence to policy
2017-07-20
The road to affirmative action in Ghana: from evidence to policy

  Affirmative action legislation dialogue hosted by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) of the Government of Ghana. Described as an oasis of political devel...

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The Utility of Cross-Sector Gender Data Linkages for Inclusive Development Outcomes in Africa
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
The Utility of Cross-Sector Gender Data Linkages for Inclusive Development Outcomes in Africa

This blog was first published on the Local Development Research Institute website    Over the years, Africa has adopted a raft of development frameworks that have highly influenced its...

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Time to Engage, Understand and make an Impact: Evidence 2016 let’s go!
2016-09-16
Time to Engage, Understand and make an Impact: Evidence 2016 let’s go!

Engage There is a growing demand to produce high quality evidence. However, recently there has been an even greater demand for researchers to produce evidence to guide policy-makers’ decision...

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To do good or to feel good – the case for evidence- rather than intention-based development
2015-01-09 blog evidence learns
To do good or to feel good – the case for evidence- rather than intention-based development

Bottom-up development projects, as their counterparts of top-down development policies, are subject to serious limitations. Albeit, criticising bottom-up approaches to development is close to sacrileg...

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To do good or to feel good – the case for evidence- rather than intention-based development
2015-01-09
To do good or to feel good – the case for evidence- rather than intention-based development

  Bottom-up development projects, as their counterparts of top-down development policies, are subject to serious limitations. Albeit, criticising bottom-up approaches to development is close t...

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Top five reasons not to miss the Global Evidence Summit
2017-08-18
Top five reasons not to miss the Global Evidence Summit

  Cochrane South Africa, is the local host to the first ever Global Evidence Summit to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, 13 – 16 September 2017. Five leading Global organisat...

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Training helps embed EIPM into Ghanaian government practices
2015-05-15
Training helps embed EIPM into Ghanaian government practices

The VakaYiko Consortium has recently concluded a nine-day evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) training at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra, Ghana. CSTC is the o...

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Transformative Action Learning in Navigating the Evidence to Policy Landscape: Lessons from the Ten Years
2022-09-20 advocates informs learns news
Transformative Action Learning in Navigating the Evidence to Policy Landscape: Lessons from the Ten Years

Photo credit: Africa Evidence Network Background The growing interaction among different actors within the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) ecosystem in Africa is increasing opportunitie...

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Uganda@59: The evolution of a data ecosystem
2021-11-17 blog highlights informs learns news
Uganda@59: The evolution of a data ecosystem

Training at APHRC closeup - Michelle Mbuthia Photo Credit: African Population and Health Research Center Monitoring progress and tracking performance for evidence-based decision making, at sub...

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Using Formative Research and Social Marketing to Decrypt and Fix a Wicked Problem in Conflict Affected Cameroon: A case study
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
Using Formative Research and Social Marketing to Decrypt and Fix a Wicked Problem in Conflict Affected Cameroon: A case study

  With funding from the French Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon, eBASE Africa is Using Formative Research and Social Marketing to Decrypt and Fix a Wicked Problem in Conflict Affected Camer...

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Using the Evidence EcoSpace to Position Ourselves and Build the Africa We Want
2022-09-20 advocates informs learns news
Using the Evidence EcoSpace to Position Ourselves and Build the Africa We Want

Photo credit: Africa Evidence Network Background Over the last ten years, civil society, government and academia have initiated a flurry of activities to strengthen Evidence-Informed Decision Ma...

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Using VakaYiko’s EIPM toolkit post-programme: a case of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health Workshop
2019-08-07 blog 'case study' ethiopia health informs learns toolkit
Using VakaYiko’s EIPM toolkit post-programme: a case of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health Workshop

Many times, very innovative programmes are implemented on pilot/explorative basis; and from which very useful knowledge and resources are produced. But a core question remains as ‘to what extent...

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Walking the Talk: Making data work for Africa’s population and health sector
2019-12-09 advocates blog data health inform learns
Walking the Talk: Making data work for Africa’s population and health sector

For decades, data has been the buzzword in research communities across different disciplines- its rationale, means of collection and analysis and eventually what it means for the particular study obje...

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Walking Together to Improve Livelihoods through Innovation and Best Practices for Underserved Populations in Africa
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
Walking Together to Improve Livelihoods through Innovation and Best Practices for Underserved Populations in Africa

  “If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together” – African proverb Imagine a future where leaders, policy makers, practitioners, citizen and ot...

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We need to talk: Confronting the challenges in collecting and using health data in Africa
2019-11-19 advocates africa blog data health inform learns
We need to talk: Confronting the challenges in collecting and using health data in Africa

At the African Population and Health Research Centre, where all three authors of this article work, there is a running joke of our 19-year old baby, who just eats and eats. The baby, without whom the ...

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West African Network of Emerging Leaders (WANEL) in advancing the translation of health policy and system evidence into practice
2019-10-11 advocates blog inform learns
West African Network of Emerging Leaders (WANEL) in advancing the translation of health policy and system evidence into practice

  What is WANEL? The West African Network of Emerging Leaders in Health Policy & Systems (WANEL) is a network of young researchers and practitioners in Health Policy & Systems creat...

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What do African NGOs need to effectively use evidence in Food and Nutrition Security interventions?
2021-09-09 africa evidence week 2021 blog informs learns news
What do African NGOs need to effectively use evidence in Food  and Nutrition Security interventions?

  Policymakers, experts (researchers, key informants) and implementers (NGOs, private sector,  development partners, etc.) are essential actors in the evidence use ecosystem. However,&nbs...

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What do civil servants in Ghana and Zimbabwe really think about evidence-informed policy making?
2015-10-30
What do civil servants in Ghana and Zimbabwe really think about evidence-informed policy making?

At the recent VakaYiko consortium meeting Emily Hayter led a session finding out participants’ attitudes towards evidence. Louise Ball shares some of the themes.   Quotes from partici...

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What do we know about the link between ecosystem and poverty alleviation in Africa? An interactive map of the evidence
2017-06-08
What do we know about the link between ecosystem and poverty alleviation in Africa? An interactive map of the evidence

  Working in academia we often forget how privileged we are to be able to access academic databases at the click of a button. Living in a fast-paced digital age we get used to the findings of ...

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What happened on day 1 of Africa Evidence Week?
2019-09-10 africa evidence week informs news
What happened on day 1 of Africa Evidence Week?

The first day of Africa Evidence Week was an amazing start to the celebration of Africa's EIDM. We reached 1300 impressions, 58 retweets, 53 likes, and 30 clicks per link, just on day one! Some of...

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What happened on day 2 of Africa Evidence Week?
2019-09-11 africa evidence week informs news
What happened on day 2 of Africa Evidence Week?

The buzz of Africa Evidence Week has continued into day 2, with 13000 (yes - thousand) impressions, 72 retweets, 80 likes, and 34 clicks per link on day two alone. Some of the high...

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What happened on day 3 of Africa Evidence Week?
2019-09-12 africa evidence week informs news
What happened on day 3 of Africa Evidence Week?

The third day of Africa Evidence Week has continued to be a celebration: from the @Africa_evidence account we've had 12700 impressions, 70 retweets, 84 likes, and 32 clicks per link...

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What happened on day 4 of Africa Evidence Week?
2019-09-13 africa evidence week informs news
What happened on day 4 of Africa Evidence Week?

Africa Evidence Week is exceeding all of our expectations, and this is because of the incredible participation by organisations from across Africa and the globe celebrating Africa's EIDM. On day 4...

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What if we were wrong about whose capacities to build for evidence use?
2020-11-16 blog informs learns
What if we were wrong about whose capacities to build for evidence use?

  EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE was a great meeting with moments of sharing and reflection in the Africa Evidence Network (AEN) community. I had the privilege to deliver a keynote in the “Enhanci...

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What’s the fuss? A glance at Measurement and Impact Evaluation
2021-10-12 blog events evidence-capacities-webinar-series-2021 highlights informs learns news
What’s the fuss? A glance at Measurement and Impact Evaluation

  In January 2020, the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), for the first time in its history, delved into the world of Measurement and Impact Evaluation (M&IE). Through ...

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When evidence gets personal: The role of evidence in choices about residential safety in South Africa
2015-04-25
When evidence gets personal: The role of evidence in choices about residential safety in South Africa

The idea for this blog originated in my love for Sunday afternoon strolls through the neighbourhood. I live in an area of Johannesburg that lends itself to people being outdoors, if this is what you e...

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Where do we access evidence?
2015-05-29
Where do we access evidence?

When we develop policy, deliver programmes or carry out research we all take slightly different routes to finding the evidence that helps to shape our decision making process. Every individual has the...

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Where is Africa Evidence Network going post 2017?
2017-12-06
Where is Africa Evidence Network going post 2017?

  Introduction The Africa Evidence Network is a project of the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE), a research center within the University of Johannesburg. Our team at the University has prov...

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Where to for the young at heart on evidence-informed decision-making?
2015-03-27
Where to for the young at heart on evidence-informed decision-making?

At the heart of this blog is the question: How do you best impress on the young and energetic, without “polluted” minds, to take up Evidence-Informed Decision Making (EIDM) in totality, in...

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Whose evidence matters – a critique by African practitioners
2019-10-31 advocates blog evidence-based decision-making inform learns monitoring & evaluation
Whose evidence matters – a critique by African practitioners

Introduction 2019 marks the 3rd instalment of the delivery of the annual flagship Development Evaluation Training Programme in Africa (DETPA) implemented by CLEAR-AA. As per the tradition of this p...

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Why are we not able to fix the youth unemployment problem in South Africa?
2017-02-24
Why are we not able to fix the youth unemployment problem in South Africa?

  One of the participants speaking at  the Siyakha launch, a youth unemployment study hosted by the Centre for Social Development. This was the question that was asked at a Roundtable ...

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Why citizens’ experiences matter in crisis response
2020-05-19 advocates blog covid-19 eidm in covid-19 learns news
Why citizens’ experiences matter in crisis response

Even though COVID-19 is a crisis everyone around the world experiences, every region is different with varying needs and associated measures to fight the pandemic. One way to enhance understanding of ...

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Why should we bother getting research evidence to people who cannot read or write?
2019-09-13 africa evidence week blog cameroon evidence-informed decision-making informs learns
Why should we bother getting research evidence to people who cannot read or write?

Data from Cameroon suggests that literacy rates for populations above 15 years of age is about 71%, with marked disparity for females at 61%. Rates for indigenous populations, rural populations, or po...

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