Networks Series 5: Capacity-sharing to support the use of evidence in decision-making

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence ‘She would take over the school given half a chance.’ That is what my school report said when I was six years old. I believed at that young age that I had something to contribute and was more than just the recipient of my teachers’ [...]

Networks Series 4: We need greater understanding of decision-making and decision-makers

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence ‘A public servant at heart’. That is how I was introduced my government colleague when I helped to deliver a workshop for public servants from across South African government. In many ways, she was generously saying about me ‘she is one of us’. She also [...]

Networks Series 3: What do we know about how to facilitate evidence use?

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence   It is all too easy to set up a straw man argument with regards the use of evidence in decision-making: along the lines of “nothing has been done, we need to do more…” But that wouldn’t do justice to the work that many are [...]