Navigating the different worlds of research, and policy

Ian Goldman

The appetite for and use of evidence in policymaking is growing across the continent of Africa.

The key to effective evidence use is active and intentional communication and engagement between those generating research and evidence, and those needing to use it in their decisionmaking. Ian Goldman, from the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Government of South Africa reflects on the current landscape.

The African Evidence Informed Policy Forum (Nairobi, 6-7 February 2018) seeks to understand how different actors engaged in evidence to policy processes in African contexts foster a culture of evidence use and promote social and economic evidence, data and analysis in policy making.

This forum brings together think tank representatives, including young researchers, as well as civil society actors, donors, policymakers, academics, and members of the private sector. See more at

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