UCL Public Policy


Institutionalising evidence synthesis for decision-making in South Africa

A small grant from Public Policy was provided to support this work by our UCL community to enhance policy engagement and impact.

10 May 2015

Project information

Grant: Engagement Award 
Awarded amount: £1,000
Awardee: Laurenz Langer, UCL Institute of Education

Problem: Government departments in South Africa have an interest in improving their policy decisions through consideration of relevant evidence, but there is little understanding of how best to achieve this

Project: Exploring ways to embed the co-production of evidence synthesis with Government departments in their policy development

Policy audience: Department for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation; Department for Human Settlements; Department for Environmental Affairs


Impacts and Outputs

The project resulted in a 124-page draft Departmental Guidance Note for the DPME, as well as a short film chronicling the work of the project.

The project leads have also subsequently been contacted by a number of other government departments in South Africa with requests for further co-production of evidence synthesis, and presented at an Evidence Indaba hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

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