Evidence for policy & practice

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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Our approach:

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

  • Training civil servants and parliamentary staff through face to face and online learning in how to access, appraise and use a wide range of evidence in their day-to-day work.
  • Designing and implementing coaching, mentoring and pairing schemes to support the application of skills in the workplace. 
  • Supporting capacity development units in the public sector, such as civil service colleges and parliamentary institutes, to assess and meet skills needs related to evidence. 

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

Using participatory and innovative network-building techniques, we bring a wide range of public sector, academic, civil society and private sector stakeholders together to: 

  • Collectively identify problems and design solutions to strengthen research and knowledge systems, driven by in-country expertise and momentum.
  • Create opportunities for meaningful dialogue and to develop understanding between different actors across national and international systems
  • Facilitate change by building peer networks and connecting partners to help them support each other through training, attending events, and sharing experience.

Support actors across the evidence and policy systems to understand and address key blockages to research uptake  

  • Building skills and confidence of researchers from different disciplines to collaborate with other stakeholders including policymakers, practitioners, the private sector and communities to co-identify the problem, co-analyse the results, and co-produce the recommendations offers substantial opportunities for research to be useful and used.

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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