A theory of change for capacity building for the use of research evidence by decision makers in Southern Africa

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Abstract

The effective use of public policy to reduce poverty and inequality in southern Africa requires an increased use of research evidence to inform decision making. There is an absence of clear evidence asto how best to encourage evidence-informed decision making, and how to build capacity among decision makers in the use of research. This paper proposes a demand-focused approach for increasing the use of evidence in policy, presenting strategies supporting 'pull' activities and closer linkages and exchanges between producers and users. The paper shares for discussion a people-focused theory of change for building capacity to use research evidence amongst policy makers in southern Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-557
Number of pages11
JournalEvidence and Policy
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Capacity building
  • Evidence-informed policy
  • Knowledge transition
  • Research use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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