There has been a growing recognition and investment towards initiatives that support Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) and implementation. However, there is no clear evidence that these initiatives do in fact contribute towards an increased use of evidence and subsequent improved development results; in terms of reducing inequality and poverty in Africa. This is because most initiatives only measure the use of evidence, not whether this use is translated into policies that contribute towards improved development results, furthermore, evidence use measures are too diverse to compare and pool to identify effects meaningfully. This project, therefore, aimed to understand what measurements are used to assess the impact of initiatives to support EIPM. We collated the available evidence on how to measure the impact of EIPM initiatives and mapped the evidence base.

Project team:
Andile Madonsela, Laurenz Langer, Ruth Stewart

Project funding:
Hewlett foundation

Project outputs:

  1. Technical Report – The report details the background of the project, the scope and methods of the project and a summary of measures found in the evidence to measure evidence use.
  2. Brief – The brief features an overview of the project. The brief also organises the measures we found in the evidence base into themes under 4 categories and one cross cutting category.
  3. Video – The video is a presentation of the EIPM measurement project, it details the background, methods of collating the evidence base, findings and has examples of tools.