There is growing recognition that, in addition to policymaker skill and knowledge, a government’s organisational processes and practices play an influential role in promoting the use of data and evidence. 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.
Evidence Works 2016 convened senior officials from government, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), and philanthropic organisations 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 data and evidence in policymaking. The gathering offered a unique opportunity for government officials and policymakers to network, laying the foundation for ongoing global dialogue about evidence-informed practice. One hundred and forty participants attended from approximately forty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, and Australia.
The forum was an opportunity for policy leaders to share experiences, including challenges, solutions, and lessons learned in establishing strategic approaches for promoting evidence-informed policymaking. Our goal is to help advance the adoption of evidence-informed policymaking across the globe to improve outcomes and the quality of life for all people.
This summary report highlights the challenges and issues in evidence-informed policymaking discussed at the forum, as well as some of the key findings and points of view expressed by participants.