Policy Report

Evidence Informed Policymaking: A Global Landscape Study

Global/ Results for All/ 2016/

Evidence-informed policymaking is a growing trend in countries seeking to make better use of public resources for addressing critical social and economic challenges such as poverty, inadequate access to health services, limited education opportunities and inefficient energy distribution. Policymakers need strong evidence to support funding decisions and guide the implementation of programs to address these challenges, but often face barriers that include low research capacity, administrative and political constraints.

Results for All is undertaking a landscape study to document and better understand the infrastructure that governments around the world are building to support use of evidence and data to inform policy and funding decisions. Through literature reviews, expert interviews, survey outreach and select country visits, the project seeks to identify the specific policies, programs, and systems that governments at all levels are implementing to promote use of data and evidence to improve outcomes, with particular focus on low- and middle-income countries.

The landscape study is designed to contribute to the global knowledge base on effective government policies, programs, and systems that support the production and use of evidence, and create a better understanding about the process by which these solutions are identified and used.

The project will explore several dimensions, including:

Institutional Infrastructure:

  • Policies, programs, and/or systems to promote evidence-informed policymaking at all levels of government, how they are prioritized, the context in which they are being implemented and how they have evolved over time; and
  • Methodology used to identify programs and systems that work, metrics used for measuring outcomes and impact, availability of quality data and how knowledge of what works is applied.

National Policies/Contexts:

  • Political and economic contexts, the issues guiding evidence-informed policymaking and whether certain sectors lend themselves to evidence-informed policymaking.


The landscape study will be released in 2017.