PROVIDING TRAINING AND CAPACITY SUPPORT

Within the evidence capacities portfolio, and over the course of 2018, ACE facilitated the following training and capacity support sessions.

JANUARY: A workshop at the 2018 HELTASA Teaching Advancement at University workshop at Kloofzicht on using IT for research purposes.

JANUARY: A panel discussion, arranged by the University of Johannesburg’s Tutor and Academic Staff Development, on the challenges and opportunities for teaching in higher education.

MARCH: A workshop on blended learning for the University of Johannesburg’s MPhil in Social Policy for Development with the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Development in Africa.

MARCH: A workshop on evidence-informed decision- making for the 16th African Nutrition Leadership Programme.

JUNE: A training course on systematic reviews and evidence maps for the University of Johannesburg.

JULY: A single session on evidence maps and systematic reviews for a webinar series of the Learning Initiative for eXperienced Authors consortium.

JULY: A one-day training event on literature reviews and evaluation for the South African National Department for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME).

AUGUST: A learning exchange in collaboration with DPME and ACRES on evidence mapping and rapid response services in Africa. This included a one-day closed event for cross-government departments, a one-day in-depth training session on rapid response services for DPME and ACE,

and a public lecture at the University of Johannesburg on evidence maps and rapid response services.

AUGUST: Three-day training on evidence maps at the University of Johannesburg.

SEPTEMBER: A satellite session in collaboration with DPME and ACRES at Evidence 2018 on evidence mapping and rapid response services in Africa.

SEPTEMBER: A workshop in partnership with the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation at Evidence 2018 on capacity development to use evidence in decision making.

NOVEMBER: A workshop for the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Academic Technologies on complexity and learning & teaching with technology.

NOVEMBER: A one-day training event on evidence maps and systematic reviews for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health.

DECEMBER: A Master Class on evidence maps and rapid response services as methods for evidence-informed policy-making in Africa. This class was part of the Master Class series of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission on ‘Evidence-informed decision-making: Water-energy-food-health’, and was co-hosted by the South African Department for Science and Technology and the African Academy of Science.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR: ACE hosted nine seminars to discuss a range of topics related to evidence-informed decision-making in Africa.