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pdf.png SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) 13: Preparing and using policy briefs to support evidence-informed policymaking 2009 HOT

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This article is part of a series written for people responsible for making decisions about health policies and programmes and for those who support these decision makers. Policy briefs are a relatively new approach to packaging research evidence for policymakers. The first step in a policy brief is to prioritise a policy issue. Once an issue is prioritised, the focus then turns to mobilising the full range of research evidence relevant to the various features of the issue. Drawing on available systematic reviews makes the process of mobilising evidence feasible in a way that would not otherwise be possible if individual relevant studies had to be identified and synthesised for every feature of the issue under consideration. In this article, we suggest questions that can be used to guide those preparing and using policy briefs to support evidence-informed policymaking. These are: 1. Does the policy brief address a high-priority issue and describe the relevant context of the issue being addressed? 2. Does the policy brief describe the problem, costs and consequences of options to address the problem, and the key implementation considerations? 3. Does the policy brief employ systematic and transparent methods to identify, select, and assess synthesised research evidence? 4. Does the policy brief take quality, local applicability, and equity considerations into account when discussing the synthesised research evidence? 5. Does the policy brief employ a graded-entry format? 6. Was the policy brief reviewed for both scientific quality and system relevance?



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pdf.png Guide For The Establishment, Organisation And Management Of Learning Networks In The Public Service HOT

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This learning network practice note presents the elements and features of an effective LN, the process to establish a LN and the roles that the GTAC or other organisations can
play as the LN “cultivator”. Regardless of the specific role that the “cultivator” plays, what is clear from the research and practice is that LNs do require a “holder of the space” in
order to function effectively.



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pdf.png Starting from Context: how to make strategic decisions to promote a better interaction between knowledge and policy 2016 HOT

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This paper is a practical knowledge product that stems from a conceptual framework developed by P&I and INASP to understand how the context at the level of government institutions affects the use of knowledge in policy.



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pdf.png Using Evidence to Reflect on South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy Insights From Within the Policy Space 2016 HOT

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This working paper contextualises evidence-based policy making through a case study of using evidence to review and reflect on 20 years of democracy in South Africa. This review was done by a central government agency and provides insight into acquiring, analysing and using evidence from within a policy space.



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pdf.png Learning and Capacity Needs Assessment 2010 HOT

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The Monitoring and Learning Facility (MLF) of the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) is focused on improving evidence based policy making (EBPM) in South Africa. One of its key strategies is to provide professional learning opportunities to strengthen the skills of researchers and policy makers.


In order to ensure that opportunities for professional development are appropriate, a needs assessment was commissioned in which the following outputs were stipulated:
 Analysis of training and development needs in relation to EBPM of researchers, particularly historically disadvantaged researchers
 Analysis of training and development needs in relation to EBPM of policy makers, particularly in relation to poverty and inequality and rural development
 Identification of suitable training and development interventions, and suggestions for changes to the emerging mix
 Development of a Learning and Capacity Development Framework, including a model for project-based/action learning and post-training support
 Proposals for exchanges to complement the current proposed capacity development activities, including suggested individuals, as well as possible hosts for exchanges

The needs assessment involved the contribution of key individuals as identified by the PSPPD/MLF team.



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pdf.png Guidelines and good practices for evidence-informed policy-making in a government department 2016 HOT

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This is the third in a series of documents that have been developed as part of the VakaYiko Consortium project, supporting the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in South Africa as it embeds and enhances an evidenceinformed approach to policy-making. It proposes five guidelines and sets of good practice that could underpin a systematic and phased approach to improving evidence-informed policy-making within a  government department.



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pdf.png Assessing the need for a poverty information service 2011 HOT

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The Programme for Support to Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) is a partnership between the Presidency, Republic of South Africa, and the European Union. It aims to improve evidence-based policy making in South Africa. To date its focus has been on building capacity around the understanding of poverty and inequality. In the process a challenge has been identified as to where to find reliable and up to date information around poverty and inequality in South Africa. PSPPD has created some information resources on its website, but since the demise of the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) there has been no clear point of contact and source of information in South Africa around poverty and inequality. In Phase 2 of PSPPD programme consideration is being given to how PSPPD could support the establishment or resuscitation of such a service.



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pdf.png Use of academic social research by public officials: exploring preferences and constraints that impact on research use 2015 HOT

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While academics can do more to communicate the key messages of their research, the  organisational cultures and information infrastructure of policy-related work units also play a large part in influencing the extent of research uptake in government agencies. Data from a large Australian survey (N 2084) of policy-related officials in government agencies is examined to provide insights into how certain preferences, constraints and organisational factors influence the ways in which policy personnel seek out and use academic social research.



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pdf.png Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making 2016 HOT

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This is the first in a series of documents that have been developed as part of the VakaYiko Consortium project,  supporting the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) in South Africa as it embeds and enhances an evidence informed approach to policy-making.  This working paper presents ideas for discussion and debate; it describes the framework the team used to analyse how DEA’s internal structures and processes and the external policy environment in South Africa affect how its policy-makers source and use evidence.



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pdf.png Policy Relevant Evidence Maps. A departmental Guidance Note 2017 HOT

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This document introduces the process of developing an Evidence Map and aims to guide prospective users on the methodological requirements associated with the tool. It also hopes to introduce a wider audience to evidence mapping that is interested in developing and learning more about the tool. This guidance note was produced by a team of researchers and decision makers in the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), together with social scientists at the University of Johannesburg, following a nine-month pilot project of co-producing an evidence map on housing, human settlements and the built environment.



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