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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 [...]

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 [...]

Networks Series 3: What do we know about how to facilitate evidence use?

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence   It is all too easy to set up a straw man argument with regards the use of evidence in decision-making: along the lines of [...]

Networks Series 2: Production of useful evidence: the rapid expansion of the evidence-synthesis

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence Systematic reviews and the production of useful evidence  I am often overwhelmed by the range of programmes and activities aiming to improve the quality of [...]

Networks Series 1: What should we do to ensure that research evidence is both useful and used?

By Ruth Stewart, Director of the Africa Centre for Evidence Introduction - Two challenges For those of us who are working to ensure that research evidence is both useful and used, there are many challenges [...]