Government leaders around the world are using evidence-informed policymaking to help address critical social and economic challenges such as poverty, inadequate access to health services, limited education opportunities and inefficient energy distribution. These policymakers are committed to using data and evidence to support funding decisions and guide the implementation of programs to address these challenges, but often face barriers that include a lack of research capacity and administrative and political constraints.
Results for All is a global initiative to break down these barriers and improve lives by expanding the use of data and evidence by governments. Results for All is identifying the most effective government mechanisms – the people, policies, programs and systems – to produce and use data and evidence, and working to address the key challenges facing policymakers in implementing evidence-informed practices.
Through this effort, Results for All brings together policymakers, practitioners and experts from countries around the world to learn from each other and share practical tools and actionable information to support evidence-informed policymaking. Results for All’s blog, “Evidence in Action,” serves as a platform for an ongoing global information exchange in this area.
In its first international convening, the initiative partnered with Nesta’s Alliance for Useful Evidence to host Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government on September 29-30, 2016 in London, England. Participants from more than 40 countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe and Australasia participated in the inaugural event. Following the convening a Summary Report on the forum was issued, which details the discussions and recommendations of the participants.
Results for All is also undertaking a landscape study to document and better understand the infrastructure that governments around the world are building to support the use of data and evidence to inform policy and funding decisions. Through literature reviews, expert interviews, survey outreach and select country visits, the study will identify the specific policies, programs and systems that governments at all levels are implementing, with particular focus on low- and middle-income countries. The study will be released in 2017.