All about my ACE Experience: My first, but not last, time in South Africa

  By Maiura Muralitharan The Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) hosted Maiura Muralitharan, a Master of Public Health Student from the McMaster Health Forum, to travel abroad through the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program. Maiura shares her experience [...]

Diary of a Very Rapid Evidence Synthesis Response: 10 days of collating & synthesizing evidence on COVID-19’s Gendered Effects

Welcome to our living diary of a Very Rapid Evidence Synthesis Response. As part of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) and the Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI), Evidence Synthesis Response to the [...]

How to get done when screening 150k studies? Experiences from the South African environmental evidence mega map

By Tanya Mdlalose and Metoh Azunui with support from Promise Nduku  When one reaches a milestone in a journey, it is important to reflect on the path taken so far, the joys, trials, and tribulations [...]

Follow the science: informing the BIG debate with the best available evidence

By Andile Madonsela and Laurenz Langer The South African government is considering implementing a Basic Income Grant (BIG) in the country. As in the fight against COVID-19, it is paramount that government is guided by [...]

Five years of ACEing it – how did it start, what does it mean, and where are we going?

By Aziza Modise with support from Natalie Tannous   I have witnessed the amazing contributions that the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) has made, both in South Africa and throughout the region. In 2020 I was part of the team [...]

Institutionalising Evidence-Based Policy-making in South Africa

This page highlights ACE's contribution to supporting the institutionalizing of evidence-based policy-making in South Africa. This effort is implemented in co-production with civil servants and government institutions, in particular the Department of Planning, Monitoring [...]


There has been an explosion of data and research on COVID-19 globally, with many entities involved in its production, collection and synthesis, albeit with duplication. For decision-makers, it is difficult to track what knowledge [...]

Addressing the need for timely and reliable evidence in the time of COVID-19

By Birte Snilstveit, Laurenz Langer, Tamara Lotfi  This blog was first published on 3ie's blog page, Evidence Matters. You can see the original post here.  We will be making all resources and updates related to this joint initiative on 3ie's website. The COVID-19 pandemic [...]

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