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.



This closing chapter draws the lessons of the analysis of the skills and other contributing factors to evidence-informed policy-making. It offers a number of recommendations to make the use of evidence more effective, including the need to be aware of the local and political context, the need to address the full range of skills and capacities. The recommendations also highlight the institutional and organisational structures and systems that enable effective use of evidence, as well as the role of strategic leadership and the need to embed evaluation from the beginning to inform the implementation process. The chapter also highlights potential areas for future work, including a professional development framework, as well as the need to address the impact of cognitive and motivational aspects of capacity building.


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