Author Archive | Laurenz

The power of RCTs: reflections & debates

By Zafeer Ravat On Monday the 13th of March, the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) team attended a seminar held by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) foundation at the Wits University Business School. Under the theme ‘Drawing Policy Lessons from Randomised Evaluations’, the seminar aimed to start a conversation about evaluating public policies […]

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Science of using science: an introduction to two new research reports on the use of evidence in decision-making

Science of Using Science Team The use of research evidence to inform decision-making can increase the efficacy and relevance of policies and practices. From the US federal regulation on blood alcohol limits, to the design and funding of microfinance programmes in low- and middle-income countries, and the establishment of behavioral science units in public administrations, […]

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Policy insights on the use of evidence to reflect on South Africa’s 20 years of democracy

    An introduction by Laurenz Langer to Harsha Dayal´s Knowledge Sector Initiative Working Paper 7 As researchers in the evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) space, we often debate, sometimes write about, and very seldom practically engage in activities designed to increase decision-makers’ use of evidence. We therefore seem to approach EIDM from a suppliers’ perspective calling […]

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The long walk to evidence-informed development: arriving at irreversible policy changes

By Laurenz Langer In last month’s blog we presented a theory of change for evidence-informed development in an effort to explain how we think UJ-BCURE as a capacity-building programme for policy decision-makers is linked to the bigger objective of improving the livelihoods and capabilities of people living in poverty. The theory of change highlighted that […]

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Growing the Evidence –Informed Decision-Making (EIDM) Community

By Precious Motha (Phil Davies speaking at the AEN regional meeting) On 3 June 2015, the Africa Evidence Network (AEN), in collaboration with the Anglophone Africa Centre for Learning, Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA), held its 2015 regional meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa.  At this event, CLEAR-AA launched its “Eval-Africa Seminar Series”, which are aimed at […]

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Investing in capacity: our evidence-informed workshop for government officials in South Africa

By Russell Wildeman (Workshop participants reflecting on the evidence challenges in their respective departments) “Once you enter the space of policy-making in government, you are on your own. This is a very lonely road, especially in terms of the capacity required to make credible policies.” These are the words of a senior official in the […]

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