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Evidence-Informed Policy-making: understanding the barriers and the outcomes we seek
6 August 2018

The Evidence-Informed Policy-Making (EIPM) field seeks to inculcate a culture of evidence use in decision-making to ensure the right investments are made towards development policies and practice. This report explores the EIPM landscape with the aim of understanding the barriers of evidence use in policy-making and the ways of measuring EIPM impact. The report finds that the most common barriers in the EIPM system to include: lack of specialist technical skills among decision-makers to access, apply and appraise research; an absence of organisational systems, incentives and time for decision-makers to use evidence; weak links between researchers and policymakers; and lack of policy-oriented knowledge translation and communication of research. On measurement, the study finds that no tools exist to measure EIPM outcomes, and even though developing such tools might be challenging especially for the intangible outcomes, it is not impossible. Evidence-Informed Policy-making: understanding the Barriers and the Outcomes we seek-Report-10-8-2018.pdf

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