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A Canadian health intern’s experience of the environmental policy-science interface in South Africa

Collaboration for Environmental Evidence - South Africa team (from left to right): Queen Elizabeth Scholar from McMaster University Natalie Tchakarian, Dr Carina van Rooyen (CEE Joburg co-director), Natalie Tannous & Likhwa Ncube. This [...]

The Evidence Synthesis Hackathon: a global community building technology for more rigorous, efficient, and just evidence synthesis

Coding the future: delegates of the third Evidence Synthesis Hackathon, Canberra, Australia. By Neal R Haddaway 1,2; Martin J Westgate 3; Carina van Rooyen 2; Witness Mapanga 4; Mandlenkosi Ngwenya 5; Christopher Penkin [...]

Land Reform in South Africa: What role does evidence play in righting a historical wrong?

By Promise Nduku, Likhwa Ncube, Harsha Dayal, Laurenz Langer (with work conducted by the DPME Research Unit and ACE Evidence Synthesis Team)   Few policy issues in South Africa are as controversial and emotive as [...]

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 [...]

Evidence animals, evidence maps, and rapid response services

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) [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]