Incentivizing Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Government: A Series of Case Studies by Results for All

How are public sector officials incentivized to use evidence routinely in their work, whether to inform major policies and decisions, design or alter programs, or guide implementation? The Results for All Incentivizing Evidence-Informed Decision Making in Government series highlights strategies, processes, and programs that government agencies around the world have used to create incentives for using evidence in government decision making.


National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico

An Awards Program for Good Practices in Monitoring & Evaluation



National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico

Publishing Follow-Up Plans to Incentivize Evaluation Use in Mexico



Cabinet Secretariat, Sierra Leone, in partnership with the African Cabinet Government Network (ACGN)

Mandating Evidence in Proposals Submitted to Cabinet




Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Incentivizing the Use of Evidence in Annual Staff Performance Plans



.south-africa-case-study-2Department of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation (DPME)
South Africa

Increasing Commitment through Evaluation Training for Senior Policymakers




Assessing the Demand for a Global Evidence Network: Mapping Existing Initiatives and Understanding Network Lessons and Opportunities 

Ari Gandolfo & Abeba Taddese, Results for All

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.



Landscape Review

Results for All conducted a landscape review of the strategies and mechanisms – policies, programs, platforms, systems and operational practices – governments are using to advance the use of data and evidence in decision making. The review highlights key factors and enabling conditions for evidence-informed policymaking and identifies more than 100 strategies and mechanisms that are helping to promote the use of data and evidence in government policy and practice. Learn more about this effort here.

View the Landscape Review: here

Landscape Review – Tables:
1. Improving Access to Quality Data
2. Facilitating Access to Quality, Relevant Evidence
3. Strengthening Partnerships and Collaboration
4. Building Policymaker Knowledge, Skill, and Motivation

Landscape Review – Case Studies:

1. Ghana Case Study: Building Skills and Knowledge in Evidence-Informed Policymaking
2. Kenya Case Study: The Challenge of Implementing Demographic Dividend Policies
3. Canada Case Study: The Hub Model for Community Safety



Evidence Works 2016

On 29–30 September 2016 Results for All, an initiative of Results for America, partnered with Nesta’s Alliance for Useful Evidence to host Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government.  Learn more about this effort here.

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