Africa Evidence Week 2021

Virtual  2021-09-13 8:30 a.m.    2021-09-17 4:00 p.m.

Africa Evidence Week 2021

 

The Africa Evidence Network secretariat is hosting Africa Evidence Week 2021, happening from 13-17 September 2021. Africa Evidence Week is a virtual celebration of evidence-use across Africa. It is a true reflection of how only together, can evidence-informed decision-making become a reality. Africa Evidence Week 2021's objective is to showcase and promote the state of evidence-informed decision-making on the continent, specifically highlighting the involvement of Africa’s decision-makers. Follow the festivities by tracking the hashtag #AfricaEvidenceWeek2021 on Twitter. 

 

FINAL PROGRAMME

DAY 1: MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 06:30 GMT 
Video: Let the celebration begin! 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat
Details: The senior manager of the AEN, Siziwe Ngcwabe, welcomes participants to the second biennial Africa Evidence Week.
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@ithubalethu 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 07:00 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Effective Basic Services (eBASE) Africa 
Details: Nain Mirabel in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat on why she fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about eBase Africa's work on their website: https://ebaseafrica.org/ or follow Nain on Twitter: @Nainmirayuh@ebase_africa

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 07:30 GMT 
Blog: #AfricaEvidenceWeek: our truly regional platform to showcase evidence-use 

Organisation/s: PACKS Africa  
Details: Kirchuffs Atengble of PACKS Africa expresses how the #AfricaEvidenceWeek2021 virtual celebration is a useful platform to all stakeholders within the evidence ecosystem. He encourages stakeholders within the ecosystem to consciously enhance their collaboration to produce a lasting impact.
See more about PACKS Africa’s work on their website: https://www.packs-africa.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @PACKS_Africa@K_Atengble 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 08:00 GMT  
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) 
Details: Andile Madonsela explains how better measurements of efforts can support evidence-informed policy-making (EIPM). 
See more about ACE’s work on their website: https://africacentreforevidence.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 08:30 GMT 
Live webinar: Evolving Evaluation Culture and Practice in Africa:  A case for Kenya 

Organisation: Evaluation Society of Kenya, Monitoring & Evaluation Department, Moi University  
Details: The Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK) jointly with the Monitoring & Evaluation Department of Kenya (MED) are coordinating multi-stakeholder efforts to promote the evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals, Kenya Vision 2030, and professionalisation of the practice through a Technical Working Group (TWG) under the EvalSDGs Global Network. This webinar will showcase the TWG work with a special focus on MED/ESK and academia roles, based on the prevailing African, COVID, and other challenging contexts. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/172/
See more about Evaluation Society of Kenya’s work on their website: https://evaluationkenya.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @EvaluationKenya; @GordyWANZARE; @MonitoringKe_; @DaystarUni; @MoiUniversity@KenyattaUni 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 09:00 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Africa Evidence Week Advisory and Reference Groups 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: We showcase volunteer members Dr Rhona Mijumbi, Dr Kassu Ketema Gurmu, Mr Filmon Hailu, Dr Julian Bagyendera and Mr Dennis Omvia Kaggwa. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@rhona_ona 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 10:00 GMT 
Story of change: Compelling evidence? It comes in many shapes and sizes 

Organisation/s: EPPI-Centre, University College London 
Details: Professor Sandy Oliver tells a story of how helping patients stick with their treatment for HIV, informed by qualitative evidence synthesis and theoretical understanding, complements clinic staff’s intuition to find new ways of working. 
See more about the Eppi-Centre’s work on their website: https://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/ or follow them on Twitter: @EPPICentre@profsandyoliver@Cochrane_IDG 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 10:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: Exploring DigiFI’s research agenda and funding opportunities for African scholars 

Organisation/s: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) - Africa 
Details: J-Pal Africa hosts a Twitter chat to engage with the Africa Evidence Network community and share information on DigiFI’s funding opportunities. DigiFI Africa at J-PAL is invested in ensuring that strong evidence is generated and used by policy-makers to improve the lives of the folks on the ground. 
See more about J-PAL Africa’s on their website: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/africa or follow them on Twitter: @JPAL_Africa@NidhiParekh7; @HareAimee 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 11:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: JET Education Services  
Details: Lesedi Matlala in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why he fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about JET Education Services’s work on their website: https://www.jet.org.za/ or follow Lesedi on Twitter: @JETEdServices@LesediSenamele 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 12:00 GMT  
Blog: Designing a low-tech digital education RCT during a pandemic: tools, tips and tricks 

Organisation: Young 1ove- Botswana 
Details: Young 1ove shares two blog posts that highlight how they have been working with the government of Botswana to support student learning using low-tech solutions. 
See more about Young 1love's work on their website: https://www.young1ove.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @Young1ove 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 13:00 GMT  
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: IDInsight 
Details: IDinsight’s Marc Shotland, director of the Research, Evaluation, and Data Team, shares evidence about what makes distance learning programs successful and the factors that contribute to their failure. 
See more about IDInsight’s work on their website: https://www.idinsight.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @IDinsight 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 13:30 GMT  
Blog: Evidence-based first aid education in Africa  

Organisation/s: Centre for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBaP), Belgian Red Cross  
Details: This blog post shares how the African Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies have been collaborating for over 10 years with the Belgian Red Cross to provide evidence-based first aid training in Africa. 
See more about CEBaP’s work on their website: https://www.cebap.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @CEBaP_Evidence 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 14:00 GMT
Video: Webinar on using data for decision-making  

Organisation/s: IDInsight 
Details: This is a recorded panel discussion on "Using Data for Decision-making in Social Protection Programs" that took place during the Zambia Social Protection Week. 
See more about IDInsight’s work on their website: https://www.idinsight.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @IDinsight 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 15:30 GMT
Live Webinar: 5 years of evidence partnerships: a reflection on contributions to institutionalisation of evidence-use 
Organisation/s: PACKS Africa
Details: PACKS Africa will be celebrating five years of providing support to the evidence-informed decision-making community, since the inception of its operations in March 2017. They believe that their short presence on the scene has contributed to the process of institutionalizing evidence-use in the policy landscape in Africa. They take this opportunity therefore to reflect on these contributions together with some key stakeholders (funding, implementing and beneficiary organisations). The session will recall some of the initiatives that they have been involved in, as well as collectively explore any outcomes and emerging impacts from these collaborations. There will be updates, especially from beneficiary organisations, on the state of play for evidence-use, while identifying any gaps to inform potential interventions.
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/182/
See more about PACKS Africa’s work on their website: https://www.packs-africa.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @PACKS_Africa

 

DAY 2: TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 06:30 GMT 
Blog: Summary of day 1 and what to look out for 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat, South Africa  
Details: Precious Motha, Charity Chisoro, and Likhwa Ncube of the Africa Centre for Evidence – the secretariat to the Africa Evidence Network – capture some highlights from the preceding day of Africa Evidence Week, and flag what’s coming up in the day ahead for participants.  
See more about ACE’s work on their website: www.africacentreforevidence.org or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ; @charitychisoro 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 07:00 GMT 
Video: How to participate during Africa Evidence Week

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: The Africa Evidence Leadership Award 2021 winner, Diana Warira, shares how to participate during the second biennial Africa Evidence Week. 
See more about the AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@deewarira 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 07:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Africa Centre for Evidence 
Details: Charity Chisoro is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why she fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about ACE’s work on their website: https://africacentreforevidence.org/ or follow Charity on Twitter: @charitychisoro@ACE_UJ 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 08:00 GMT 
Conversation starter: JPAL’s resources on gender 

Organisation/s: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) - Africa 
Details: JPAL shares a literature review and a practical guide focusing on women’s empowerment. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/africa or follow them on Twitter: @JPAL_Africa@NidhiParekh7@HareAimee 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 08:30 GMT  
Blog: Evidence-informed solutions from Benin 

Organisation/s: Actions pour l'Environnement et le Développement Durable (ACED) 
Details: ACED shares three blog posts by Frejus Thoto and Rodrigue Castro Gbedomon. The first blog post looks at connecting evidence to policy and practice in Benin. The second blog post shares the different approaches to promoting evidence-use in policy-making, and the third blog post gives suggestions about how African non-governmental organisations can effectively use evidence in food and nutrition security interventions. 
See more about ACED’s work on their website: https://www.aced-benin.org/en/ or follow them on Twitter: @acedbenin@FrejusTHOTO@Castro_gbedomon 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 09:30 GMT  
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) 
Details: Promise Nduku of the Africa Centre of Evidence shares an evidence map of what we know about evidence use. 
See more about ACE’s work on their website: https://africacentreforevidence.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Institutionalizing evidence-use in the Parliament of Ghana: reflections from the Data for Accountability project 

Organisation/s: African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and INASP 
Details: This webinar brings together an expert panel from across the Data for Accountability project to discuss and share learning about how using data to support the legislation, representation, and oversight functions of parliaments could further progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The panel also explores what this tells us about effective approaches to institutionalizing evidence use in Parliament.         
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/171/  
See more about African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs' work on their website: http://acepa-africa.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @AcepaAfrica@INASPinfo@StatsGhana 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 10:30 GMT 
Live webinar: Engagement and advocacy: stories propelling evidence to action 

Organisation/s: Centre for Evidence-based Health Care, Department of Global Health, Stellenbosch University 
Details: This panel session will share stories - the good, bad, and ugly - of using advocacy strategies for enhancing the chances of using evidence to spur change. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/174/  
See more about the Centre for Evidence-based Health Care's work on their website: http://www.cebhc.co.za/ or follow them on Twitter: @cebhc; @TarynYoung3; @SUhealthsci; @NasreenJessani; @markskeptic 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 11:00 GMT 
Gallery of stories: Evidence Matter series 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: The AEN shares a gallery of stories from its Evidence Matter series that showcases examples of successful evidence-informed decision-making in action. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 12:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Capacity development for evidence-use in Africa: an orientation  

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat            
Details: This webinar will launch the AEN's new webinar series: Evidence Capacities. In this inaugural webinar, the speakers will explore and elaborate on the meanings and broad orientation of capacity development for evidence-use in Africa.
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/186/
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@ithubalethu; @carinavr; @charitychisoro

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 12:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Save the Children USA 
Details: Caroline Dusabe in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why she fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about Save the Children’s work on their website: https://rwanda.savethechildren.net/ or follow Caroline on Twitter: @Carolinedusabe@SCIRwanda 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 13:00 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Africa Evidence Network Advisory and Reference Groups 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: We showcase volunteer members Ms Adeline Sibanda, Mr Kirchuffs Atengble, Mr James Kariuki Ngumo, Ms Velia Manyonga, and Dr Asahngwa Constantine Tanywe. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@SibandaAdeline@K_Atengble

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 14:00 GMT  
Video: Profile in Evidence 

Organisation/s: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) - Africa 
Details: At the J-PAL Africa's Evidence Innovation Summit, this recorded webinar sees panelists presenting on using rapid randomized evaluations to inform policy in Africa during COVID-19. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/africa or follow them on Twitter: @JPAL_Africa@NidhiParekh7@HareAimee

 

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 06:30 GMT 
Blog: Summary of day 2 and what to look out for 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat, South Africa  
Details: Precious Motha, Charity Chisoro, and Likhwa Ncube of the Africa Centre for Evidence – the secretariat to the Africa Evidence Network – capture some highlights from the preceding day of Africa Evidence Week, and flag what’s coming up in the day ahead for participants.  
See more about ACE’s work on their website: www.africacentreforevidence.org or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ@charitychisoro 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 07:00 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Nnamdi Azikiwe University 
Details: Akanyinene Obot is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why he fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about Nnamdi Azikiwe University’s work on their website: https://unizik.edu.ng/ or follow Akanyinene on Twitter: @uteeakan@unizikofficial 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 07:30 GMT  
Blog: African Evaluation Database: a ground-breaking evidence base for decision-making in Africa
 
Organisation/s: CLEAR Center in Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) 
Details: Tebogo Fish of CLEAR-AA introduces the African Evaluation Database (AfrED). 
See more about CLEAR-AA’s work on their website: https://www.wits.ac.za/clear-aa/ or follow them on Twitter: @CLEARAA1 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 08:00 GMT 
Conversation starter: Status of sanitation in Ghana and the role of CSOs in policy processes 

Organisation/s: Twende Mbele 
Details: This report provides a brief on the sanitation situation in Ghana, the processes which lead to the generation of sanitation-related data or evidence, and how these are used to inform or influence relevant sector policies.
See more about Twende Mbele’s work on their website: https://twendembele.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @TwendeMnE 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 08:30 GMT  
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) 
Details: Professor Jennifer Orwa shares KEMRI’s mandate in the evidence ecosystem and highlights the recent inauguration of Cochrane Kenya nested within KEMRI’s Research Development & Knowledge Management department. 
See more about KEMRI’s work on their website: https://www.kemri.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @KEMRI_Kenya 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 09:00 GMT 
Gallery of stories: Stories of Change 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: This is a showcase of the gallery of stories that captures the influence of the AEN on the personal and professional lives of its members and colleagues. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 09:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Evaluation Society of Kenya 
Details: Gordon Wanzare is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why he fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about Evaluation Society of Kenya’s work on their website: https://evaluationkenya.org/ or follow Gordon on Twitter: @EvaluationKenya; @GordyWANZARE 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10:00 GMT 
Blog: Five years of ACEing it - How did it start, what does it mean, and where are we going? 

Details: This is a series about the history and development of the Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) that draws on two research projects from 2020. These research projects captured stakeholders’ perceptions and experiences of ACE’s contribution to evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM). Drawing on interviews among ACE staff (previous and current), members of the AEN, and our partners, the stories captured in this series paint a rich picture of ACE’s contribution to the African and South African EIDM space. 
See more about ACE’s work on their website: https://africacentreforevidence.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ@aziza_modise; @nataliejhbsa

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 10:30 GMT
Video
: Launch and knowledge sharing webinar on Trust in State Institutions
Organisation/s
: South African National Department of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation
Details: The SA Government undertook an evidence synthesis and international benchmarking study on “Trust in Government” as one of the state institutions between 2020/21. Critical stakeholders from across South African knowledge system were invited to address salient points from the report and relate to broader issues of public trust.  A video recording of the launch event draws out important lessons translated from the study for the South African experience and presents the start of a national dialogue. Many contexts on the African region will be able to identify with the concepts, drivers and factors impacting on trust to inform collective interventions.
See more about ACE’s work on their website: https://www.dpme.gov.za/Pages/default.aspx  or follow them on Twitter: @Dayal70  @DpmeOfficial @CarinVanZyl

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 11:00 GMT 
Conversation starter: Introducing Bioeconomy SA 

Organisation/s: Bioeconomy South Africa (SA) 
Details: Bioeconomy SA  is a national initiative hosted by the Department of Science and Technology to promote and harness bio-innovation for economic growth and social development. 
See more about Bioeconomy’s work on their website: https://www.bioeconomy.co.za/ or follow them on Twitter: @BioeconomySA

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 11:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Africa Evidence Network Advisory and Reference Group 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: We showcase volunteer members Dr Jean Nzabonimpa, Mr Ronald Munatsi, and Mr Enock Musungwini. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@DrJPNzabonimpa; @ronald_263@Enomark1979

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 12:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Designing for equity in capacity development for evidence-informed decision-making Africa: experience sharing from Cameroon 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat
Details: At this webinar - the second in the newly launched Evidence Capacities webinar series - participants will share their knowledge and experiences in designing capacity development interventions in Cameroon that explicitly address unequal gendered power dynamics and use equity-focused implementation evidence to design effective equitable interventions to help ensure equal outcomes. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/170/ 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@ithubalethu@carinavr@charitychisoro 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 13:00 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Effective Basic Services (eBASE) Africa 
Details: Rigobert Pambe is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why he fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about eBase Africa's work on their website: https://ebaseafrica.org/ or follow Rigobert on Twitter: @rigobertpambe@ebase_africa

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 14:00 GMT   
Video: Checking in with AEN senior manager: how is the week going?  

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network 
Details: The Africa Evidence Network (AEN) senior manager, Siziwe Ngcwabe, shares some of the highlights about how the Africa Evidence Week is going. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@ithubalethu

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 14:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Evidence-informed policy-making: experiences from Latin America 

Organisation/s: Veredas Institute (Brazil), University of Antioquia (Colombia), Ministry of Health (Chile) 
Details: This webinar will showcase the work done by the Veredas Institute (Brazil), the Unit of Evidence and Deliberation for Decision-Making at the University of Antioquia (Colombia), and the Evidence-Informed Health Policies Unit at the Ministry of Health (Chile) in a panel discussion. Bringing together experiences from a civil society organization, a university, and a government unit, we will debate challenges, key-policy problems, and the perspective of working towards a South-South approach to evidence-informed policy-making. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/175/
See more about Veredas' work on their website: veredas.org/en or follow them on Twitter: @LKuhnBarrientos@PatinoLugo 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 15:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Strengthening and promoting education data systems and utilization in Africa: lessons from the Data Must Speak global initiative 

Organisation/s: Namibia Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, Namibia Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Togo Ministry of Education (MEPSTA), UNICEF, UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti, UNICEF Namibia, and UNICEF Togo 
Details: With reliable data, policymakers, school managers, teachers, and communities can identify problems, pose solutions, and direct resources where they are most needed. In this webinar, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is sharing and discussing how UNICEF’s implementation of the Data Must Speak global initiative has supported countries in Africa to strengthen the use of data and research for education management and decision-making. It will draw on panelists from Ministries of Education from Namibia and Togo, as well as the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/176/
See more about UNICEF’s work on their website: https://www.unicef.org/ or follow them on Twitter:  @UNICEF@UNICEFInnocenti@UNICEFEducation@UNICEFAfrica

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 15:30 GMT 
Live webinar: Emerging technologies to support ecosystem activities for evidence-use

Organisation/s: PACKS Africa 
Details: This session focuses on navigating and evaluating emerging (information) technologies that are potentially useful to support activities by different actors within the evidence ecosystem. Mechanisms for deploying such technologies, as well as constraints and opportunities within African-country contexts to achieve successes in such ventures will be discussed. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/183/
See more about PACKS Africa’s work on their website: https://www.packs-africa.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @PACKS_Africa

 

DAY 4: THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 06:30 GMT 
Blog: Summary of day 3 and what to look out for 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat, South Africa  
Details: Precious Motha, Charity Chisoro, and Likhwa Ncube of the Africa Centre for Evidence – the secretariat to the Africa Evidence Network – capture some highlights from the preceding day of Africa Evidence Week, and flag what’s coming up in the day ahead for participants.  
See more about ACE’s work on their website: www.africacentreforevidence.org or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ@charitychisoro 

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 07:00 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Africa Centre for Evidence 
Details: Precious Motha is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why she fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about ACE’s work on their website: www.africacentreforevidence.org or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 07:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: UNICEF’s Time to Teach project 

Organisation/s: UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti 
Details:  UNICEF’s Time To Teach project has published a series of reports that identify factors affecting teacher attendance and uses this evidence to inform the design and implementation of teacher policies in African countries. The reports draw from both quantitative and qualitative data on a range of topics—from motivation to retention—and identify solutions for sustainable change. This project was established in 2017, a collaboration between UNICEF Innocenti, UNICEF regional and country offices, national governments, local research partners, DFID, World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Mastercard Foundation. 
See more about UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti’s work on their website: https://www.unicef-irc.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @UNICEF; @UNICEFInnocenti; @UNICEFEducation; @UNICEFAfrica 

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 08:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: University of Port Harcourt 
Details: Eucharia Nwaichi is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why she fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about the University of Port Harcourt’s work on their website: https://www.uniport.edu.ng/ or follow Eucharia on Twitter: @EuchariaN

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 09:00 GMT
Blog: A series of blog posts on innovation, technology and collaboration in evidence-informed decision-making

Organisation/s: Effective Basic Service (eBASE) Africa 
Details: Enjoy reading three blog posts shared are by Pambe Miong Rigobert Hanny, Melaine Nsaikila, and Ambang Tatianne Forkum of eBASE Africa. The first blog post reflects on how the Africa Evidence Network has facilitated collaborations with local and international partners with the sole aim of improving livelihoods through innovation and best practices. The second blog post details the use of evidence to fix and decrypt sexual gender-based violence cases in Cameroon. Finally, the third blog post advocates for a transferability tool to guide the transfer of globally generated evidence. 
See more about eBASE’s work on their website: https://www.ebaseafrica.org/ or for follow them on Twitter: @ebase_africa@Forkum Tatianne; @DonJasco; @rigobertpambe

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 10:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Highlighting the use of evidence and data to inform public policy changes in Kenya 

Organisation: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 
Details: IPA is partnering with Kenya’s Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) to generate rigorous evidence on the impact of various interventions on youth employment and earning opportunities. Additionally, IPA is working with MSEA to develop its Gender Management Information System which will allow monitoring of gender mainstreaming within the Authority. In this webinar moderated by the IPA, MSEA, and their policy collaborators, discussions will focus on how this data and evidence is informing policy-making processes. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/179/ 
See more about Innovations for Poverty Action’s work on their website: https://www.poverty-action.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @poverty_action

THURSDAY16 SEPTEMBER 10:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Africa Evidence Network Advisory and Reference Group 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: We showcase volunteer members Mr Deo-Gracias Houndolo, Ms Jennifer Opare-Kumi, Dr Godson Gatsha 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence@deohoun; @JOkaebea; @GodsonGatsha

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 11:00 GMT 
Blog: School closures and learning loss in West Africa 

Organisation/s: IDInsight  
Details: This blog post explores what evidence says about COVID-19-related school closures in West Africa and outlines recommendations for educators and caregivers to enable distance learning and combat learning loss during this pandemic. 
See more about  IDInsight’s work on their website: https://www.idinsight.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @IDinsight 

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 11:30 GMT 
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Actions pour l'Environnement et le Développement Durable (ACED) 
Details: In this recorded discussion, Rodrigue Castro Gbedomon of ACED gives an overview of the study of the state of evidence generation and use for food and nutrition security in Benin. 
See more about ACED’s work on their website: https://www.aced-benin.org/en/ or follow them on Twitter: @acedbenin@FrejusTHOTO; @Castro_gbedomon

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 12:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Decisions informed by best evidence for responding to societal challenges 

Organisation: Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges, McMaster Health Forum, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 
Details: As governments and other decision-makers rethink the ways in which they rely on best evidence to inform their responses to global challenges, now is the time to systematize the aspects of using evidence that have gone well during the COVID-19 pandemic and address the many shortfalls. The Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges will produce recommendations (by December 2021) and pursue 'pathways to influence' (in 2022) to strengthen the use of evidence by decision-makers in addressing societal challenges, both in routine times and in future global crises. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/181/
See more about McMasterForum’s work on their website: https://www.mcmasterforum.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @EvidenceComm; @Lavisjn; @GrimshawJeremy; @McMasterForum 

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 12:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Taking evidence to French speakers in Middle Africa through the Africa Evidence Network 

Organisation: Effective Basic Service (eBASE) Africa 
Details: The French-speaking community in Africa is in a dark corridor of knowledge. Most research conducted in French-speaking Africa will be published in English without any corresponding French translations. The problem with this is that the evidence, in the end, is not available to those who are concerned and who gave their time to participate in the studies. This is unfair. In order to ameliorate this situation and stimulate the French-speaking community to get more engaged in the evidence ecosystem, eBASE Africa is working with the AEN to organize an all-French speaking session at Africa Evidence Week (AfEW) 2021. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/180/
See more about  eBASE’s work on their website: https://www.ebaseafrica.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @ebase_africa 

THURSDAY16 SEPTEMBER 12:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Africa Evidence Network reports 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: The AEN showcases three reports on the EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE, Organisations Research Study Report, and the Manifesto on Capacity Development for EIDM in Africa. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 13:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: TEDI Tanzania 
Details: Gloria Anderson is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why she fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about the TEDI Tanzania’s work on their website: https://tedi.or.tz/ or follow Gloria on Twitter: @glorieAndy; @teditanzania 

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 14:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Reporting and supporting the use of evaluation findings for decision-making: Comparative analysis of Kenya and global evaluators practices 

Organisation: Evaluation Society of Kenya 
Details: This webinar will focus on comparative analysis of Kenya and global evaluation practitioners’ ways of developing and presenting evaluation findings, conclusions, and recommendations in ways that are useful for the intended users of the evaluation, and supporting use of evaluations. The comparative analysis is based on the Rainbow Framework’s 7th cluster - reporting and supporting the use of findings and the five tasks of identifying reporting requirements, developing reporting media, ensuring accessibility, developing recommendations, and supporting use. Areas of strengths and opportunities for applications of the five tasks to support evaluation use will be presented followed by an engaging discussion and experience sharing.  
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/173/
See more about Evaluation Society of Kenya’s work on their website: https://evaluationkenya.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @EvaluationKenya; @GordyWANZARE; @MonitoringKe_; @DaystarUni; @MoiUniversity; @KenyattaUni

 

DAY 5: FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 06:30 GMT 
Blog: Summary of day 4 and what to look out for 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat, South Africa  
Details: Precious Motha, Charity Chisoro, and Likhwa Ncube of the Africa Centre for Evidence – the secretariat to the Africa Evidence Network – capture some highlights from the preceding day of Africa Evidence Week, and flag what’s coming up in the day ahead for participants.  
See more about ACE’s work on their website: www.africacentreforevidence.org or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ;@charitychisoro 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 07:00 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE) 
Details: Likhwa Ncube is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why he fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about ACE’s work on their website: https://africacentreforevidence.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @ACE_UJ 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 07:30 GMT 
Blog: Digital IDs: The good, the bad, and the unknown 

Organisation/s: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Africa) 
Details: In this blog post, Nidhi Parekh explores the benefits and drawbacks of digital IDs, as well as the various questions that remain unanswered. 
See more about JPAL Africa’s work on their website: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/africa or follow them on Twitter: @JPAL_Africa 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 08:00 GMT 
Live webinar: Time to talk data – the use and power of data in decision-making 

Organisation: Western Cape Government 
Details: The Provincial Data Office (PDO) in the Department of the Premier has been established as a trusted data partner in the Western Cape Government. In collaboration with its partners, the PDO plays an enabling and supportive role for government to become a central pathway in the use of data for change. The PDO, as a responsive operating model, has taken the focus of data beyond M&E to elevate data usability and power in decision-making. The PDO will be hosting a virtual master class to share its learnings and capabilities in advancing a data and evidence organisation. The session will focus on two themes namely Data Culture for Decision-Making and Data and Evidence for Greater Accountability. This is a ‘Time to Talk Data’ platform to interact with the data and evidence community across the globe. It’s an opportunity to learn and build partnerships. 
Event details: https://africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/177/
See more about Western Cape Government’s work on their website: https://www.westerncape.gov.za/ or follow them on Twitter: @WesternCapeGov 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 08:30 GMT 
Video: Emerging EIDM leader: why I fell in love with EIDM 

Organisation/s: Centre for rapid evidence synthesis (ACRES) 
Details: Edward Kayongo is in conversation with the Africa Evidence Network secretariat about why he fell in love with evidence-informed decision-making. 
See more about the Centre for rapid evidence synthesis - ACRES’s work on their website: https://acres.or.ug/ or follow Edward Kayongo on Twitter: @kayongo_edward; @RRS_Makchs 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 09:00 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing work by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 

Organisation/s: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) 
Details: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) shares five reports on their work. 
See more about IPA’s work on their website: https://www.poverty-action.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @poverty_action 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 10:00 GMT 
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA) 
Details: A case study on the use of evaluation evidence by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in South Africa, a department that has been a pioneer of using evaluations and other evidence. 
See more about CLEAR-’s work on their website: https://www.wits.ac.za/clear-aa/ or follow them on Twitter: @CLEARAA1 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 10:30 GMT
Blog: The utility of cross-sector gender data linkages for inclusive development outcomes in Africa 

Organisation/s: Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) 
Details: This blog post highlights the importance of developing sustainable responses to gender equality challenges on the continent and ensuring that collected data reflects the interconnectedness of challenges that perpetuate gender equality gaps.  
See more about LDRI’s work on their website: https://www.developlocal.org/ or follow Victor Werimo on Twitter: @vwerimo; @ldriafrica 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 11:00 GMT 
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA) 
Details: This video shared the outcome of an evaluation of the response to violence against women and children in South Africa.  
See more about CLEAR-AA’s work on their website: https://www.wits.ac.za/clear-aa/ or follow them on Twitter: @CLEARAA1 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 11:30 GMT 
Blog: The role of a (digital) universal basic income in supporting pandemic resilience 

Organisation/s: The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Africa) 
Details: Nidhi Parekh and Aimee Hare share the role of digital universal basic income in supporting pandemic resilience. 
See more about JPAL Africa’s work on their website: https://www.povertyactionlab.org/africa or follow them on Twitter: @JPAL_Africa 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 12:00 GMT 
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA) 
Details: A case of public procurement evaluation in Uganda.  
See more about CLEAR-AA’s work on their website: https://www.wits.ac.za/clear-aa/ or follow them on Twitter: @CLEARAA1 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 12:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation's work 

Organisation/s: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) 
Details: Learn more about the evidence ecosystem in South Africa: growing resilience and institutionalisation of evidence use from this journal article. Read a report by DPME entitled: “Trust in Government Evidence Synthesis and International Benchmarking Study DPME Research and Knowledge Management Unit.” DPME also shares a policy brief on trust in government and how to translate lessons from international benchmarking and evidence synthesis. 
See more about DPME’s work on their website: https://www.dpme.gov.za/Pages/default.aspx or follow them on Twitter: @DpmeOfficial 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 13:00 GMT 
Video: Profile in evidence 

Organisation/s: Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR-AA) 
Details: How civil society generated evidence in the sanitation sector in Ghana. 
See more about CLEAR-AA’s work on their website: https://www.wits.ac.za/clear-aa/ or follow them on Twitter: @CLEARAA1 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 13:30 GMT 
Conversation starter: Showcasing the Africa Evidence Network Advisory and Reference Group 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: We showcase volunteer members Ms Zeenat Ishmail, Prof Mohamed Ali Marouni, Ms Pfungwa Nyamukachi and Mr Wiseman Ndlela. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence; @iPfungwa

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 14:00 GMT 
Video: Closing message 

Organisation/s: Africa Evidence Network (AEN) secretariat 
Details: The chair of the AEN, Ruth Stewart, gives a closing message for the second biennial Africa Evidence Week. 
See more about AEN’s work on their website: www.africaevidencenetwork.org or follow them on Twitter: @Africa_evidence; @RuthS3

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 15:30 GMT 
Live webinar: Expanding EIDM support activities beyond boundaries: what works and what doesn’t 

Organisation/s: PACKS Africa 
Details: PACKS Africa takes advantage of the celebration to learn potentially useful lessons from other ecosystem actors about implementing EIDM activities in the different countries and regions in Africa. This is in line with their strategic efforts to expand operations beyond the current base in Accra (Ghana) after five years. The discussion will focus mostly on environmental factors conducive or inimical to the provision of support services, including political, legal, and institutional arrangements in various African country contexts. It will also explore sociocultural issues related to the production and use of research and other types of evidence. Relevant options for expanding operations within each of the settings discussed will be explored. Target participants will include individuals and organisations interested in learning about the expansion of operations beyond national boundaries, particularly within African country contexts. While this discussion will focus more on governance issues around evidence ecosystem management, knowledge produced would equally be useful for most other sectors. The session promises to be engaging as real-life experiences in these African settings will be discussed. 
Event details: https://www.africaevidencenetwork.org/en/events/184/ 
See more about PACKS Africa's work on their website: https://www.packs-africa.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @PACKS_Africa

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