THE ART AND SCIENCE OF EVIDENCE-USE IN AFRICA: AN EVIDENCE MAP

There is limited knowledge on the extent of the evidence-base on interventions supporting evidence use in Africa, for both policy design and policy implementation. This has hindered learning and exchange of what works to enhance evidence use across contexts and between states. The aim of the project is to address this gap in the evidence-base on evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa, to better understanding the art and science of using evidence through the creation of an interactive evidence map on interventions supporting EIDM in Africa. It assesses the existing evidence on interventions supporting African decision-makers’ use of evidence guided by the following question: What is the size and nature of the existing evidence-base that has evaluated interventions supporting African decision-makers’ use of evidence?

The main objectives are:

  1. To understand which EIDM interventions have been evaluated and to what extent (i.e., size of the evaluation literature).
  2. To understand existing patterns and characteristics of the evidence-base.
  3. To make the existing evidence-base accessible through an open-access and interactive evidence map.

Project team:
Promise Nduku, Nkululeko Tshabalala, Shona Putuka, Andile Madonsela, Laurenz Langer

Funding:
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL), Hewlett Foundation

Project outputs:

  1. Technical Report – This report comprehensively details the project background, methods adopted in developing the evidence map including the conceptual framework and systematic steps undertaken. It also presents the main findings from the included studies, specifically in terms of geographical contexts, sectors, study design, the nature of the evidence (art and science), evidence use interventions, mechanisms of change, and evidence use outcomes.
  2. Brief – A summary of the descriptive information extracted from the evidence-base, separated by evidence use mechanisms of change. These mechanisms are assessed against the primary outcomes of evidence use and development impact as well as intermediary behavioural components consisting of capability, motivation, and opportunity to use evidence.
  3. Video – An introduction to the project including the motivation behind the project, description of the mechanisms of change, assessed outcomes, brief presentation of the map and a summary of key findings on the mechanism-outcomes distribution.