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.

The two day agenda consisted of plenary discussions and a series of breakout sessions that allowed participants to engage more deeply on specific topics and issues related to use of evidence and data in policy-making. 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.

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 is 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 the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Results for All/Results for America, with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Organisations speaking included;

  • Results for All, USA
  • Nesta, UK
  • Uganda Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda
  • Ministry of Finance, Chile
  • Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, South Africa Presidency, South Africa
  • What Works National Adviser, UK
  • National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL), Mexico
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
  • Prime Minister's Department, Malaysia
  • Ministry of Health, Malawi
  • Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology, Tanzania