So you think politics will make your evidence “dirty”?

Having worked most of my work-life (since 2002) promoting and facilitating the use or consideration of evidence by policymakers in decision-making processes, I get very surprised when I encounter scientists who still believe and argue that scientists should steer clear of politics in their efforts to support the use of their evidence in decision-making.

The state of evidence use in the Kenyan Parliament

The legislative authority of the Republic of Kenya is derived from the people and is vested and exercised by the Parliament at the national level and county assemblies at subnational levels in accordance with the country’s Constitution. For Members of Parliament (MPs) to undertake the functions of Parliament of representation, oversight, legislation, and appropriation

Evidence use in African Parliaments: Lessons from AFIDEP’s work

Given ongoing reforms over the last two decades, parliaments in Africa are increasingly playing an important role in development efforts. This is the reason why AFIDEP prioritises parliaments in its efforts to support government institutions to improve policy and investment decisions for more effective development. At national level, we have worked with the Parliaments

Lessons from AFIDEP’s pioneer work in strengthening capacity for evidence use

With funding from DFID, AFIDEP implemented one of the pioneer programmes aiming to strengthen individual and institutional capacities and leadership to increase demand and use of evidence in decision-making between 2013 and 2017. The Strengthening Capacity to Use Research Evidence in Health Policy (SECURE Health) programme was a multi-partner, multi-country initiative implemented in the herebest bunk bed with stairs