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Open Access Building capacity for evidence-informed decision making: an example from South Africa

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To maximise the potential impact and acceptability of EIDM capacity building, there is a need for programmes to coordinate their remits within existing systems, playing both ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ roles. Through a review of the South African evidence-policy landscape and analysis of a stakeholder event that brought together EIDM role players, this paper illustrates how one capacity-building programme navigated its position within the national evidence-policy interface. It identifies strategies for improving the acceptability and potential effectiveness of donor-funded EIDM capacity-building activities: understanding the evidence-policy interface, incorporating programmes into the decision-making infrastructure (being an ‘insider’), whilst retaining an element of neutrality (being an ‘outsider’).

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Keywords: South Africa; capacity building; evidence use; evidence-informed decision making

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: May 2018

This article was made available online on March 15, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Building capacity for evidence-informed decision making: an example from South Africa".

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