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#Evidence2018 Day 3: Steadily making in-roads…

By Thesandree Padayachee    Making good with what we have, but is it enough? Day three of Evidence 2018 delved deeper into the mechanisms, strategies and structures that work to support and facilitate evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa. The poster sessions expanded delegates’ understanding of how “concepts” of EIDM are transformed into concrete actions and delegates […]

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#Evidence2018 Day 2: “If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.”

By Thesandree Padayachee  Where are we going? As expected, the opening plenary of Evidence 2018 set the scene for a high energy conference which would encourage participation and provide ample opportunity for networking and critical reflection. The keynote speaker Mr Mark Heywood from Section 27 in South Africa, interrogated evidence within the context of a post-truth […]

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#Evidence2018 Day 1: A chance to re-connect and find common purpose

 By Thesandree Padayachee The pre-congress offering to delegates of #Evidence2018, hosted by the Africa Evidence Network at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa did not disappoint. The delegates, from countries across Africa and the globe, were provided with a unique opportunity to participate in a range of practical workshops and symposiums that provided a […]

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Introducing Evidence Online 2018

By Natalie Tannous Evidence 2018 is only a week away. While for some of us that is exciting, there are many of us that won’t be able to make it to see the sunny skies of Pretoria for the physical event. There are many reasons one might not be able to attend Evidence 2018 in person. […]

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Personal reflections from our Chair, Ruth Stewart, of an international meeting to advance the field of evidence-informed decision-making

By  Ruth Stewart, Chairperson of the Africa Evidence Network  An international meeting to advance the field of evidence-informed decision-making in Bellagio, Italy, 28th-31st August 2018. Is there such a thing as ‘an evidence-informed decision-making field’? Indeed, what might make something ‘a field’? Wikipedia equates a ‘field’ to a ‘discipline’ and defines it as ‘a branch of knowledge that […]

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Reflection on evidence mapping workshop

By Likhwa Ncube, part-time researcher at CEE Joburg, hosted by the Africa Centre for Evidence  Evidence mapping training hosted by the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) at the University of Johannesburg on 22-24 August 2018. Recently, I attended a three-day evidence mapping training workshop run by the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) at the University of […]

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What to do in Pretoria at Evidence 2018

By Promise Nduku Image credit: Ria Viljoen Welcome to South Africa, the rainbow nation. Welcome to Pretoria, the capital city of South Africa, home to the iconic Union Buildings. Welcome to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s International Convention Centre. Above all, welcome to Evidence 2018. In just over a month, this is the kind […]

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What to expect at Evidence 2018

By Natalie Tannous   Have you ever wanted to benefit from the wisdom of Professor Sandy Oliver about her experience of working between the worlds of policy and research? Or longed to have the charismatic Professor John Lavis show you how to find and use evidence in your decision-making? Or perhaps, like many of us, you […]

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Reflections on the AEN Public Lecture: Evidence-Informed Policy-Making—an introduction to rapid response services and evidence maps to support evidence use

By Zafeer Ravat, Researcher at the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE)   Image credit: Careermetis On Friday the 3rd of August, the Africa Evidence Network hosted a public lecture at the School of Tourism and Hospitality, the University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus. The lecture discussed two approaches that can facilitate policy-makers’ use of evidence: evidence […]

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