“In a world in which the internet makes information ubiquitous, what counts is the ability to use knowledge intelligently. Knowledge is the systemically integrated information that allows a citizen, a worker, a manager, or a finance minister to act purposefully and intelligently in a complex and demanding world.”
National Development Plan 2030: Our future - make it work
The focus on a developmental state in South Africa has generated a greatly increased need for new types of knowledge in order to address an expanded range, diversity, and complexity of factors that will determine the State’s development effectiveness. This has led to more rigorous approaches to research, has enabled better informed decision-making, and has brought about a revolution in policy analysis that has become known as evidence-based policy-making (EBPM), an approach that is globally recognised for its potential to contribute to more effective policy. In terms of EBPM, the ideal situation for government researchers and policy-makers alike is one in which they know what research has been conducted, can access relevant documents and academic research papers, and have the tools and capacity to use research findings to make policy decisions.
A recent systematic review of barriers to and facilitators of the use of evidence by policy-makers revealed that the most frequently cited factor for increased evidence use is the availability and access to research and improved dissemination. It is in this context that this PSPPD Poverty and Inequality Knowledge Repository has been established.