Welcome to the Africa Centre for Evidence’s resource hub on evidence-based policy-making in South Africa. Here you can find a range of resources on EBPM in the country. For further information, please contact us on

Literature on EBPM in SA

Vogel (2018) Final Evaluation of the Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) Programme

UJ-BCURE (2014) An overview of role players facilitating evidence-informed decision-making in South Africa a landscape review

Twende Mbele (2018) The National Evaluation Policy landscape in Africa A comparison

Stewart (2018) Building capacity for evidence-informed decision making an example of South Africa

Stewart (2018) Do evidence networks make a difference

Stewart (2018) An integrated model for increasing the use of evidence by decision-makers for improved

Stewart et al (2017) Building capacity for evidence informed decision

Stewart (2017) Working for solutions—problem-based and relationship centred approach to building capacity to use research evidence in Africa

Stewart (2017) Terminology and tensions within evidenceinformed decision-making in South Africa over a 15 year period

Stewart (2017) Practical reflections on combining workshops and mentorships to build capacity in demand and use of evidence in government organisations

Stewart (2015) A theory of change for capacity building for the use of research evidence by decision makers in southern Africa

Shaxon (2015) Five principles and guidelines for an evidence-informed approach to policymaking in government_Final 2015

Shaxon (2015) Evidence informed policymaking in practice – an overview from DEA_Final 2015

Shaxon (2015) Evidence informed policymaking in practice – an overview from DEA_Final 2015

Shaxon (2015) Approaching evidence – Understanding the organisational context for an evidence informed policymaking_Final 2015

Strydom (2010) Evidence-based poliy-making_ a review

PSPPD (2011) Evidence-Based Policymaking (EBPM) enhancing the use of evidence and knowledge in policy making

Porter & Goldman (2013) A Growing Demand for Monitoring and Evaluation in Africa

Phillips & Goldman (2014) A focus on M&E of results- an example from the Presidency, South Africa

Marais_EBP development in SA – the case of growth and development strategies

Marais (2012) Evidence-Based Policy Development in South Africa_the Case of Provincial Growth and Development Strategies

Langer (2017) How stakeholder engagement has led us to reconsider definitions of rigour in systematic reviews

Langer (2016) The Science of Using Science

Langer (2015) Walking the last mile on the long road to evidence informed development building capacity to use research evidence

JPAL (2012) Evidence Based Education and Policymaking in Africa

Jordaan (2018) Reflections on mentoring experiences for evidence informed decision making in South Africa and Malawi

HSRC (2013) Research Uptake maximising the impact of research

Grimmer (2018) Standardising evidence strength grading for recommendations from multiple clinical practice guidelines – a South African case study

Goldman (2014) Evaluator_competencies_The SA experience

Goldman (2014) Development of SA National Evaluation System

Goldman (2013) Reflections on the South African Experience with Evaluation and the use of evaluative evidence to orient public policy formulation-2

Fourie (2018) Implementing the SDGs in SA_Digital

du Toit (2012) Making Sense of ‘Evidence’_Notes on the Discursive Politics of Research and Pro-Poor Policy Making

DPME (2014) What is Evidence-Based Policymaking and Implementation

DPME (2010) Guide to the outcomes approach

DEA (2015) National Biodiversity Research & Evidence Strategy

Dayal (2016) Using Evidence to Reflect on South Africa’s 20 Year of Democracy

Davids (2015) The pilot evaluation for the National Evaluation System in South Africa – A diagnostic review of early childhood development

Cronin (2015) Use of evidence in policy making in South Africa_An exploratory study of attitudes of senior government officials


Choge (2014) Landscape-Review-of-Role-players-in-Evidence-Use-in-South-Africa

Africa Evidence Network (2017) CAPACITY IN AFRICA the results of a survey on support for and production of evidence maps and evidence synthesis, including

Abrahams (2015) review of the growth of monitoring and evaluation in South Africa_Monitoring and evaluation as a profession, an industry and a governance tool

The Capacity-building resources










EBPM Resources

Appendix 1_Overview of research methods

Appendix 2_Examples of unintended consequences from social programmes

Appendix 3_Overview of strengths of the evidence assessments

Appendix 3_Overview of strengths of the evidence assessments

Appendix 4_Further EBPM capacity-building opportunities

Appendix 5_Sources of evidence

Appendix 6_Overview of Critical Appraisal Tools

Appendix 6_Example of Critical Appraisal tools

Case studies of EBPM

Case study_M1 Awareness of EBPM

Case study_M2 Agreement on evidence

Case study_M3 Access and communcation

Case study_M4 relationships and interactions

Case study_M5 Skills for EBPM

Case study_M6 Structures & processes