How evidence helped address ultra poverty in Malawi

How evidence helped address ultra poverty in Malawi

The Malawi Social Cash Transfer Programme aims to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations, which are constrained from participating in the labour force because of age (too old or young), chronic illnesses or disabilities. The evidence generated from a 3ie-supported impact evaluation informed four changes in the programme design, including its eventual scale-up across all districts in Malawi. The evidence helped dispel several myths associated with unconditional cash transfers and reduce scepticism among several stakeholders.

The brief highlights the importance of fully considering the political economy context in evaluation design. It also examines a range of contributory factors for evidence use. Evaluation champions who can influence change are important. Researchers, their networks, their credibility with decision makers, their ability to translate evidence for different audiences and their commitment to engage in organised ways were also important.

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Using evidence to inform the scale-up and adoption of biofortified orange sweet potato in Uganda

Evidence use Brief 3ie 2017
In Uganda, vitamin A deficiency is a health challenge, with 28 per cent of preschool children estimated to be deficient. To address this issue, the international organisation HarvestPlus has been promoting vitamin A-enriched orange sweet potato (OSP) to improve the diets of the poor.

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Using evidence to prevent violence against women in Uganda

Evidence use Brief 3ie 2017
The brief highlights stakeholders’ uptake and use of study findings of an impact evaluation of, SASA!, a community-based programme to prevent violence against women. It also identifies the main factors, which, together with evidence, facilitated uptake and use.

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Evidence-informed policy change: improved access to groundwater in West Bengal, India

Evidence use Brief 3ie 2017
The brief highlights how a number of factors contributed to why the findings of this impact evaluation resonated among policymakers, which in turn informed two changes to West Bengal’s groundwater access policies.