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If evidence-informed decision-making works in theory, why don’t we see institutionalisation of evidence use in practice?

By Laurenz Langer[1] The theory of evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) is beautiful, elegant, and convincing. But, while really helpful to guide thinking on EIDM, so far has proven rather unhelpful to guide the practice of using evidence, in particular its institutionalisation. I will offer here three key issues with the current theory of EIDM that I believe [...]

By | 2018-05-11T12:41:26+00:00 May 11th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Africa Centre for Evidence welcomes new Distinguished Visiting Professors

[This post was originally published by the University of Johannesburg on April 19, 2018.] The Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is delighted to welcome two new members of staff – Prof Sandy Oliver from University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom and Prof John Lavis from McMaster University in Canada [...]

1: ACE launches new blog series to encourage citizens to engage science evidence in their everyday lives

By ACE team   We all regularly have questions that come up in our everyday lives that we don’t necessarily have answers for, such as should you vaccinate your baby, does school homework really enhance your children’s learning, how can you eat healthier, why should you recycle waste, or does using less water really make [...]

How to produce evidence that’s useful – and used

By Laurenz Langer and Natalie Tannous The newly-launched Africa Centre for Evidence exists to encourage the production of policy-relevant research. Without deliberate effort, research may fail to meet decision-makers’ needs or simply gather dust on the shelves of university libraries.   A strong and capable state is central to the socio-economic development of any nation. [...]

By | 2018-01-16T08:44:53+00:00 January 16th, 2018|blog|0 Comments

Africa Centre for Evidence Launch: Strengthening EIDM in Africa

By Mary Opondo, Researcher at the Africa Centre for Evidence The official launch of the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) took place at the University of Johannesburg, on 9th October 2017.  Despite the rain and thunderstorms, the guests strolled in with excitement at what the Centre had to offer with regards to promoting the use [...]

Networks Series 8: So what next?

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence   This final blog in my series on networks and evidence provides an overview of all I have covered and looks forward to what next. I started by sharing with you why I’ve been thinking about all of this for such a long time now. [...]

By | 2017-11-07T06:54:34+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Networks Series 8: So what next?|0 Comments

Networks Series 7: Networks and relationships change the nature of evidence

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence   I started this blog series making the case for why we need to make relationships central to efforts to increasing the use of evidence in decision-making. I made a case for evidence-informed decision-making (Blog 1), and explained the importance of evidence-synthesis within this (Blog [...]

Networks Series 6: Better networks to support the use of evidence in decision-making

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence   “If you want to go far, go together. If you want to go fast, go alone.” Those of you who work in teams will know the truth of this African proverb all too well. Sometimes it is faster to just do the work ourselves, [...]

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 [...]