PROJECTS 2017-05-22T05:13:10+00:00

PROJECTS

Review Question: What are the effectiveness and design features of interventions that aim to overcome barriers to women’s participation in the labour market in higher growth/male dominated sectors? (WEE)

Start to finish: 1 November 2016 – 31 October 2017

Co-Led by: Yvonne Erasmus and Laurenz Langer

Team: Charity Chisoro, Mary Opondo, Zafeer Ravat, Ruth Stewart, Natalie Tannous, Carina van Rooyen from the University of Johannesburg

Partners: Jan Tripney from the EPPI-Centre, UCL Institute of Education, Ekwaro Obuku from the Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation at Makerere University, Uganda, and Alison Bullen, an independent consultant

Funder: the Department for International Development, United Kingdom

Region of focus: Global; low- and middle-income countries

ACE theme: Producing useful research evidence

Description: The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has funded a year-long systematic review on the evidence on interventions that aim to support women’s participation in labour markets in higher growth or male-dominated sectors in low- and middle-income countries. The project consists of two parts: an interactive evidence interface, and a full systematic review. The evidence interface has mapped any intervention that helps women overcome barriers to their labour market participation in higher growth/male-dominated sectors against outcomes of women’s participation in formal or informal employment, entrepreneurial success, or economic empowerment. The second part of the project consists of a full systematic review on a question of priority developed after consultation with the funder.

The review includes a meta-analysis and a qualitative comparative analysis. The review team is supported by the EPPI-Centre, which is based in the Social Science Research Unit at the Department of Social Science, UCL Institute of Education, London.

You can follow the progress of the review from the perspective of its team members here.

Start to finish: 1 December 2016 – 30 November 2017

Co-Led by: Yvonne Erasmus and Laurenz Langer

Team: Charity Chisoro, Christa Heyneke, Desyree Lotter, Mary Opondo, Zafeer Ravat, Natalie Tannous, Carina van Rooyen from the University of Johannesburg

Partners: Ruth Stewart in her role at the EPPI-Centre, UCL Institute of Education, and Gemma Wright and Michael Noble from Southern Africa Social Policy Research Insights (SASPRI)

Funder: Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom.

Region of focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

ACE themes: Producing useful research evidence; Supporting others to produce useful research evidence; Supporting the use of research evidence in decision-making; Being responsive to contexts and needs in Africa

Description: This project focusses on co-production of evidence syntheses products with decision-makers in the context of ecosystem services and how these can be used to support poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa.

The first step of the project is to produce an interactive evidence interface that maps interventions for ecosystem services against different components of poverty. Mapping this research in this way allows decision-makers to actively view the areas where there is either a lot or too little research. It also allows decision-makers to see whether research considers poverty in a multi-dimensional way.

The second part of this project is to co-produce with sub-Saharan African decision-makers four rapid evidence assessments on policy priority areas. We have preliminarily identified the following four as potential syntheses, which may be refined depending on consultation with decision-makers: 1) what works in the management of ecosystems services in drylands in the sub-Saharan African region?; 2) how best to provide effective governance of ecosystems services in low income countries?; 3) what guidelines and decision-making tools are available to support decision-makers and do these include multiple dimensional measures of poverty?; 4) how can research methodologies be better aligned to decision-makers’ needs?

A fuller project description can be found on our funder’s website here.

Start to finish: 2016 – ongoing

Facilitated by: Ruth Stewart

Funder: unfunded

Region of focus: South Africa

ACE themes: Supporting evidence communities; Being responsive to contexts and needs in Africa

Description: In early 2016 we helped to create this informal group of senior government officials with an interest in evidence. We continue to play a role in the group, helping them to develop into a community of practice. Whilst the work is unfunded and the group is informal, it is an exciting opportunity to help to build this important evidence community.

Start to finish: 2015- 2016

UJ lead: Laurenz Langer with Ruth Stewart

Partners: This work has been in close partnership with Harsha Dayal from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in South Africa, who has led the work.

Funder: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), South Africa

Region of focus: South Africa

ACE themes: Producing useful research evidence; Supporting others to produce useful research evidence; Supporting the use of research evidence in decision-making; Being responsive to contexts and needs in Africa

Description: Evidence maps are an evidence synthesis tool that allows decision-makers to rapidly access a body of evidence relevant to their policy questions. This evidence is then mapped against a policy framework and visualised on an interactive evidence interface to allow public servants to interrogate and engage with the evidence.

Website: http://www.dpme.gov.za/

Start to finish: 2014-2016

Led by: Ruth Stewart and Yvonne Erasmus

Team: Isaac Choge, Christa Heyneke, Sunet Jordaan, Laurenz Langer, Desyree Lotter, Louis Maluwa, Janine Mitchell, Precious Motha, George Otieno, Natalie Tannous, Russel Wildeman, Hazel Zaranyika from the University of Johannesburg

Delivery Partners:

EPPI-Centre, UCL Institute of Education,

Southern Africa Social Policy Research Insights (SASPRI),

Alison Bullen (an independent consultant),

Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

South African Cochrane Centre at the Medical Research Council, South Africa.

International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Centre for Social Research at the University of Malawi,

Citizens Health, Malawi

Parent and Child Health Initiative, Malawi

Funder: The Department for International Development, United Kingdom 2014-2016

Region of focus: detailed work in South Africa and Malawi, with broader support across the continent

ACE themes: Supporting others to produce useful research evidence; Supporting the use of research evidence in decision-making; Being responsive to contexts and needs in Africa; Supporting evidence communities

Description: The UJ-BCURE programme was a collaboration led by the University of Johannesburg, directed by Prof Ruth Stewart. It was designed and delivered in partnership with the governments of Malawi and South Africa, alongside a consortium of Malawian and South African delivery partners, with support from international organisations including the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the EPPI-Centre (UCL). It was embedded within, and has built upon, the work of the Africa Evidence Network (AEN).

Start to finish: 2012 – ongoing

Led by: Ruth Stewart, AEN Chairperson, and Precious Motha, AEN Coordinator

Funder: Unfunded work, with the exception of support from the Department for International Development, United Kingdom 2014-2016

Region of focus: Africa

ACE theme: Supporting evidence communities; Supporting the use of research evidence in decision-making

Description: The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) is a community of people who work in Africa and have an interest in evidence, its production and use in decision-making. The Network is supported by the Africa Centre for Evidence within the University of Johannesburg and includes researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from universities, civil society and government.

http://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/

Start to finish: 2017 – ongoing

Funder: Unfunded work

Region of focus: Global

ACE theme: Supporting evidence communities

Description: The Global Evidence Synthesis Initiative (GESI) is an international collaboration to support the growth of capacity to undertake systematic reviews and other evidence syntheses in low and middle income countries. Along with a number of centres in Africa, ACE is a member of their global network.

http://www.gesiinitiative.com

Start to finish: April 2012- Ongoing

Led by: Ruth Stewart and Carina van Rooyen

Funder: Unfunded

Region of focus: South Africa

ACE themes: Supporting others to produce useful research evidence; Supporting the use of research evidence in decision-making

Description: The main mandate of CEE Joburg is to contribute to the work of the Collaboration by encouraging the need for systematic reviews to inform environmental policy and practice in Africa. As a team of experienced reviewers, CEE Joburg fulfils this mandate by offering training and support to environmental scientists, managers, and practitioners who wish to undertake or use systematic reviews.

https://ceejoburg.com/