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Building Capacity for Evidence-Informed Policy-Making

Lessons from Country Experiences

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This report analyses the skills and capacities governments need to strengthen evidence-informed policy-making (EIPM) and identifies a range of possible interventions that are available to foster greater uptake of evidence. Increasing governments’ capacity for evidence-informed is a critical part of good public governance. However, an effective connection between the supply and the demand for evidence in the policy-making process remains elusive.

This report offers concrete tools and a set of good practices for how the public sector can support senior officials, experts and advisors working at the political/administrative interface. This support entails investing in capability, opportunity and motivation and through behavioral changes. The report identifies a core skillset for EIPM at the individual level, including the capacity for understanding, obtaining, assessing, using, engaging with stakeholders, and applying evidence, which wasdeveloped in collaboration with the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

It also identifies a set of capacities at the organisational level that can be put in place across the machinery of government, throughout the role of interventions, strategies and tools to strengthen these capacities. The report concludes with a set of recommendations to assist governments in building their capacities.

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What capacities and skills are needed for EIPM?

This chapter underlines the fact that use of evidence, depends on capability, motivation and opportunity. It presents a core skillset for evidence-informed policy-making (EIPM) at individual level, including the capacity for understanding; obtaining; assessing; using; engaging with stakeholders; and applying evidence. The chapter also outlines the need to build capacity for EIPM at the organisational level, where capacity for evidence use can be supported or limited by resources or organisational culture. It also underlines the role of broader environmental capacity where use of evidence use can be affected by the relationship with external organisations and societal attitudes towards evidence use.

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