September 29, 2016Event Recap

Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government

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Evidence Works 2016On September 29 – 30, 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. This invitation-only forum, which took place in London, was supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Evidence Works 2016 convened senior government officials to engage in dialogue and exchange ideas about the policies and practices governments around the world are putting in place to promote the use of evidence and data in policymaking to improve outcomes for citizens and communities.

The two day event consisted of plenary discussions and a series of breakout sessions that allowed participants to engage more deeply on specific topics and issues related to the use of evidence and data in policymaking. The gathering offered a unique opportunity for a diverse group of senior-level government officials and policymakers to network and lay the foundation for an ongoing global dialogue around evidence. Participants attended from over 40 countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe and Australasia.

Why a global forum for government on evidence?

There is growing recognition that in addition to creating technical capacity, a government’s organizational processes and practices play an influential role in promoting the use of evidence and data. The forum was an opportunity for government leaders to share experiences, including challenges, solutions and lessons learned in establishing strategic approaches for promoting evidence-informed policymaking.

Read our Summary Report on the forum, which details the discussions and recommendations of the participants.

View our highlights video from the Forum, as well as individual interviews of some of the Forum participants below:

Evidence Works 2016: A Global Forum for Government – Event Highlights

Rwitwika Bhattacharya – Swaniti Initiative 

Ben Harris – The White House, Office of the Vice President

Ibrahim Inusah – GINKS

Michele Jolin – Results for America 

Sarah Lucas – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Geoff Mulgan – Nesta

Susan Musyoka – Parliamentary Caucus of Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-Making

Ian Oppermann – NSW Data Analytics Centre

The Honorable Palmavon Webster – House of Assembly, Anguilla

Santhosh Mathew- Ministry of Rural Development, India 

Eliya Zulu – African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)