Evidence for policy

INASP supports government departments, parliaments and other public bodies to improve the use of knowledge in policy making. 

We use the term evidence-informed policy-making in recognition that evidence is used alongside other factors (including political realities and public debates) when making public policy decisions.

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We work with local partners to:

Support parliaments, governments and other public bodies to adapt their institutional processes, policies and behaviours to enable the use of research and evidence.

  • Working with public institutions to analyse and understand the factors affecting their use of evidence in policy
  • Developing and implementing tailored and adaptive change management plans to maximize the use of evidence in policy

Train decision makers and support staff of government departments, parliaments and other public bodies to access, appraise and use research and evidence systematically

  • Design and deliver high quality training – whether face-to-face or online – using adult learning approaches
  • Train local trainers where possible, so that training and support can continue locally
  • Support training institutions to embed new courses and content into their curriculum, to enable long term sustainability

If every civil servant is able to have some knowledge on Evidence-informed Policy-Making, I believe it will positively impact on the work we do, so that whatever policy comes out reflects the needs of the people and addresses those needs.

Thywell Kpe, Regional Director for the Department of Gender, Ghana

Convene and connect across the evidence to policy system to strengthen networks and relationships

  • Foster relationships between parliaments and the national research sector through policy dialogues, knowledge cafés and innovative events such as the Parliament of Uganda’s Research Week
  • Connect change agents. We actively seek to connect partners and empower key influencers in order to help them support each other through peer-to-peer networks, training, convening events, and sharing experience

We strengthen the demand for evidence by:

  • Collaborating with partners across the research to policy system including think tanks, universities, non-governmental organisations, ministries, parliaments and civil service training colleges.
 
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