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The Africa Centre for Evidence: Growing the systematically collated knowledge base for evidence-informed decision-making in Africa

By Ruth Stewart and Laurenz Langer Members of ACE’s Evidence Synthesis Team   When I (Ruth) first learnt about systematic reviews it was in an undergraduate lecture on research methods. We were learning about randomised controlled trial methodology and those who work to synthesise the lessons within them. My lecturer referred to systematic [...]

By |2019-02-22T15:09:47+00:00February 22nd, 2019|The Africa Centre for Evidence: Growing the systematically collated knowledge base for evidence-informed decision-making in Africa|Comments Off on The Africa Centre for Evidence: Growing the systematically collated knowledge base for evidence-informed decision-making in Africa

What are the health implications of using cannabis?

By the ACE Team Image: Everyday Health What is the question we are thinking about? Marijuana, reefer, pot, weed, dagga, maui-wowie, mbanje, Mr Giggles, herb, smoke, grass, Mary Jane, Malawi Gold, the bubonic chronic, flower, and even broccoli (alas!) – whichever tickles your fancy – are all lingo for cannabis, a drug that has for [...]

By |2018-11-12T07:30:29+00:00November 12th, 2018|What are the health implications of using cannabis?|Comments Off on What are the health implications of using cannabis?

Evidence animals, evidence maps, and rapid response services: a reflection on discussing different mechanisms for evidence use in South Africa

By Laurenz Langer   On 1st August, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in South Africa hosted a 1-day event* to discuss mechanisms to support the use of evidence. Supported by the Africa Evidence Network, the Department brought together over 50 government decision-makers from nine departments including the Department of Public Service and [...]

By |2018-08-29T10:53:53+00:00August 28th, 2018|Evidence animals, Evidence maps and rapid response services|Comments Off on Evidence animals, evidence maps, and rapid response services: a reflection on discussing different mechanisms for evidence use in South Africa

What is the best way to deal with workplace conflict?

By ACE team Image credit: Experiential   What is the question we are thinking about? In the workplace, we often find ourselves navigating hierarchies of management, and interacting with other people. Undoubtedly, being a collaborator in the modern workplace is an essential skillset. At the same time, teams are not always created with cohesion in mind. [...]

By |2018-08-06T10:05:45+00:00August 6th, 2018|What is the best way to deal with workplace conflict?|Comments Off on What is the best way to deal with workplace conflict?

The stresses of stress

By ACE team Photo credit: Shutterstock   What is the question we are thinking about? Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to life experiences. But taken too far, all life’s stresses can impact on our mental health and sense of well being. We’ve all felt it. Anything from everyday responsibilities like work and family [...]

By |2018-07-13T09:05:10+00:00July 13th, 2018|The stresses of stress|Comments Off on The stresses of stress

Seeking synergies in evidence synthesis

By Promise Nduku           Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) attends the synthesisers meeting, held in Cape Town at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) on the 15th of June 2018. This meeting featured presentations from four organisations involved in evidence synthesis in South Africa and open discussions on potential synergies [...]

By |2018-06-29T11:13:46+00:00June 29th, 2018|Seeking synergies in evidence synthesis|Comments Off on Seeking synergies in evidence synthesis

Is homework good or bad for children?

  What is the question we are thinking about? One Sunday evening, as I was browsing through the local newspaper, a story caught my eye. No more homework for learners in some schools, the headline shouted from the page. As a caregiver to a young child, this headline got me thinking and googling. I found [...]

By |2018-06-14T12:56:44+00:00June 14th, 2018|Is homework good or bad for children?|Comments Off on Is homework good or bad for children?

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+00:00May 11th, 2018|blog|Comments Off on If evidence-informed decision-making works in theory, why don’t we see institutionalisation of evidence use in practice?

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 [...]

By |2018-04-20T09:54:27+00:00April 20th, 2018|Africa Centre for Evidence welcomes new Distinguished Visiting Professors|Comments Off on Africa Centre for Evidence welcomes new Distinguished Visiting Professors

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 [...]

By |2018-04-13T14:27:55+00:00April 13th, 2018|ACE launches new blog series to encourage citizens to engage science evidence in their everyday lives|Comments Off on 1: ACE launches new blog series to encourage citizens to engage science evidence in their everyday lives