Evidence Works 2016 was a private forum for senior government officials, to engage in dialogue and exchange 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 agenda consisted of plenary discussions and breakout sessions to allow 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. Delegates attended from over 40 countries, across Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, Europe, Australasia.

Why a global forum for government on evidence?

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

This event was organised in partnership with Nesta and Results for All/Results for America, with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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Thursday 29th of September 2016 - Friday 30th of September 2016

The Royal Society, London

Speakers include

  • Tshediso Matona, Acting Director-General, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa
  • The Hon. Susan Musyoka, Member of Parliament, Kenya
  • Michael Deich, Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor to the Director, The Office of Management and Budget, The White House, USA
  • Rwitwika Bhattacharya, CEO, Swaniti Initiative, India
  • Martin Hirsch, Director-General, Greater Paris University Hospitals, France