Getting to grip with evidence: NGOs

2020-02-11 connect learns publication uk utilization of evidence in decision-making

The paper explores different definitions of evidence, including its use in policy making, evaluations and advocacy. It looks at different understandings of evidence, and reflects on the social contexts and political factors that determine what counts as evidence. Quality of evidence is a major area of contention in current debates. We explore different ways in which evidence is assessed, including evidence hierarchies and matrices, Bond’s Evidence Principles, and DFID’s Strengths of Evidence criteria.