3ie at Evidence 2018, 25-28 September, Pretoria, South Africa

Africa Evidence Network (AEN) organises Evidence 2018 every two years to raise awareness of evidence-informed decision-making and highlight the growing demand for evidence amongst decision makers. Approximately 350 evidence producers and users  are expected at the conference, including participants from governments, academia, think tanks, NGO’s, donors, individual experts and students. Several 3ie staff will be participating in satellite sessions and workshops.

3ie, as a co-sponsor, will be actively participating throughout the conference.  We have awarded eight bursaries to support regional participation.   

AEN is a community of people who work in Africa and have an interest in evidence, its production and use in decision-making. It is supported by the Africa Centre for Evidence within the University of Johannesburg and includes researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from universities, civil society and government. 3ie has been actively involved with in AEN since 2015, and is a member of the advisory group.

3ie satellite sessions

Invisibility and evidence:  Time’s up for evidence that does not address gendered drivers of inequality, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM SAST, 25 September
Chair: Beryl Leach, director and head of policy and advocacy, 3ie
Panellists: Adeline Sibanda, president, African Evaluation Association; Birte Snilstveit, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie; Mark Abrahams, senior consultant, Southern Hemisphere and editor-in-chief, African Evaluation Journal.

This will be a talk show format that encourages audience participation in the dialogue.  Panellists will provide an overview of persistent challenges of and barriers to improving the gender and equity responsiveness of research and evaluation. They will be calling for solutions to ensure that decisions and actions take into account gendered inequities. Organisers will be asking the audience to help raise gender equity perspectives in all of the conference sessions

Strengthening evidence use in Uganda:  what’s working and what’s next, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM SAST, 25 September
Chair: Radhika Menon, senior policy and advocacy officer, 3ie
Panellists: Josephine Watera, Uganda Parliament M&E Unit, Rhona Mijumbi-Deve, Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews and Knowledge Translation; Timothy Lubanga, Office of the Prime Minister;

Panellists will discuss efforts in the central government and parliament to promote evidence use in decision-making and actions. Presenters will describe how they have been improving access to and use of high-quality evidence, including from progammes such as 3ie’s Uganda Evidence Programme. The session will follow a talk show style that encourages a conversation among the speakers and with the audience. 

Measuring evidence use: the value of contribution tracing, 13:30 PM – 15:00 PM SAST, 25 September.
Facilitators: Ananta Seth, policy, advocacy and communication assistant; Kanika Jha, manager, policy and evidence uptake , 3ie; Kirthi Rao, consultant- research associate, 3ie; Radhika Menon, senior policy and advocacy officer, 3ie

The facilitators will present 3ie’s experience with applying contribution tracing to a learning project to measure change from a portfolio of completed impact evaluations and systematic reviews. Examples and lessons from this project will be discussed and as well as the indicators used to measure change. Participants will work in groups on a few exercises where they will be asked to apply contribution tracing techniques to come up with testable evidence use claims and data collection strategies to measure use.

Joint AEN-3ie workshops

Networking between Francophone and Anglophone Africa: bridging a post-colonial divide, 25 September
3ie speaker: Deo-Gracias Houndolo, evaluation consultant, 3ie

Capacity development to use evidence in decision-making: working toward partnerships and building space to use approaches that work, 25 September 2018
3ie speaker: Beryl Leach, director and head of policy and advocacy, 3ie

3ie staff presentations:

Understanding HIV research in Sub-Saharan Africa: Analysis of 300 HIV studies from the Impact Evaluation Repository (IER), 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM SAST, 27 September 2018
Speaker: Jorge Miranda, data analyst, 3ie

Taking stock of systematic reviews in international development: a study of methodological quality, policy relevance and usefulness, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM SAST, 27 September
Speaker: Birte Snilstveit, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie

Efficient, timely, and living systematic reviews: opportunities in international development, 15:30 PM – 17:00 PM SAST, 27 September 2018
Speaker: Birte Snilstveit, senior evaluation specialist, 3ie

To download the full preliminary programme, click here.

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