Government policymakers need access to relevant, timely, and high quality evidence to address critical social and economic challenges, including poverty, inadequate access to education and health services, and inefficient energy distribution. Yet in many countries, governments face significant impediments to adopting and accelerating evidence use in policy and practice, for reasons that include:
- Limited commitment from political leadership and champions at all levels of government;
- Absence of clearly defined standards or incentives to drive performance and better outcomes;
- Weak partnerships between the policy community and evidence producers;
- Lack of timely and relevant evidence to assess and build consensus for policy and program choices;
- Insufficient policymaker knowledge, skill, and motivation to find, appraise, synthesize, and use evidence routinely; and
- Inadequate processes or structures to ensure routine evidence use in policy and practice.
To address these challenges, Results for All works collaboratively with government policymakers and their partners to identify and share practical solutions for institutionalizing evidence use in public policy and practice. We are focused on:
- Enhancing the global knowledge base by highlighting the strategies, systems, processes, and practices governments are putting in place to advance evidence use;
- Developing tools and resources to support policymakers;
- Building innovative partnerships and networks to share experiences and solutions; and
- Accelerating government demand for evidence by mobilizing global leaders and champions.
Our Recent Activities
Using Evidence to Improve Policy Implementation: A Peer Learning Workshop for Government Policymakers
From July 23-25, 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya, we convened teams of government policymakers from nine countries in Africa and Latin America, to share real experiences, common challenges, and practical lessons on how to use different types of evidence to improve policy implementation.
Peer learning networks are powerful platforms for bringing countries together to exchange information, learn, and collaborate. Results for All conducted research to assess whether there is demand in government for a peer learning network that could help policymakers share experiences and amplify solutions to advance the use of evidence in policy, to achieve better outcomes for citizens. To inform a network strategy and avoid potential overlap with existing initiatives, we engaged in a comprehensive process of identifying, researching, and mapping active networks that have similar missions. The subsequent report identifies and classifies 50+ networks for peer learning and evidence use in government; describes 8 modes of engaging network members; and synthesizes research and key informant interviews into 13 lessons on network organization, engagement, and measurement. It then matches select networks against 5 criteria and concludes that a new network premised on these criteria could support evidence-informed policymaking and add value to current initiatives.
We hope this report will be useful for a variety of actors seeking to support evidence-informed policymaking and identify opportunities to enhance collaboration and fill gaps in this important field.
Results for America, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., is helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence to address our world’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence available, then use what they find to get better results. Results for America works with governments at the local, state, and federal levels in the United States, and launched Results for All to collaborate with governments policymakers from around the world.