EVIDENCE 2018 - 25-28 September 2018, Pretoria, South Africa

Brought to you by the Africa Evidence Network 

Day 2 - Wednesday, 21 September 2016

08h00 - 09h00 - Registration Opens

09h00 - 10h30 - Plenary 1 - Understand
Chair: Prof. Nelson Sewankambo, Makerere University, Uganda

Keynote 1 Can primary school children in Africa judge whether treatment claims are trustworthy? 
Sir Iain Chalmers, James Lind Initiative, United Kingdom

Keynote 2
Ms. Beryl Leach, 3ie, India

Keynote 3
Dr. Kamiji Phiri, College of Medicine, Malawi

Keynote 4 - Holistic approach to capacity building in strengthening use of evidence in policy making in Zimbabwe
Mr. Ronald Munatsi,Zimbabwe Evidence-Informed Policy Network (ZeipNet), Zimbabwe 

10h30 - 11h00 - Refreshment Break

11h00 - 12h30 - Breakaway Session 3: The importance of evidence for decision-making
Chair: Mr. Walusungu Kayira, The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Malawi

Towards a systematic and phased approach to evidence-informed policy making and science-policy interface: A case of Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa
Ms. Mapula Tshangela – Department of Environmental Affairs,Government of South Africa

Design of a monitoring and evaluation system for Mpumalanga
Ms. Emily Massey – Genesis Analytics, South Africa

Evidence-informed public policy decision making in ethnic-diverse state
Dr. Teferi Hailemichael Hassen – Wollo University, Ethiopia

Conducting Gender Responsiveness Assessments of National Monitoring and Evaluation Systems: Learning from three case studies: South Africa, Benin and Uganda
Dr. Madri Jansen van Rensburg – AGDEN, South Africa

11h00 - 12h30 - Training Workshop 1: Evaluation of government programmes 
Ms. Meg Wiggins, Institute of Education, University College London, United Kingdom

How can we better commission and conduct evaluations that are good quality and answer the right questions? 

In this workshop we will discuss ways that conducting evaluation can save money and improve the outcomes of programmes.  We will share ideas and explore ways in which we can do better evaluation in situations where there is limited time or scare resources.  We will share real examples from the UK and South Africa, of valuable lessons we’ve learned about ways to improve evaluation and programmes.  This is a great opportunity to learn what NOT to do (we’ll be honest about the challenges we’ve faced and the mistakes we’ve made!), as well as what has worked well.  We look forward to hearing other people’s stories from across Africa, and anticipate that this will be a productive and interesting opportunity for knowledge sharing.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for engagement and knowledge sharing between key stakeholders – between those who use evaluation evidence and those who carry out evaluations.  By attending the workshop, you will understand better the value of evaluation evidence and the techniques that can be used to maximize the usefulness of an evaluation. Attendance will help you to plan, commission or conduct evaluations that better show the impact of programmes or services and help you to answer the question ‘What difference does this make to others’ lives? 

11h00 - 12h30 - Landscape Maps and Oral Posters 
Session 1A - POD 1
Chair: Mr. Louis Maluwa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

11h00 - 12h30 - Landscape Maps and Oral Posters
Session 1B - POD 2
Chair: Mr. Louis Maluwa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

11h00 - 12h30 - Landscape Maps and Oral Posters
Session 1C - POD 3
Chair: Mr. Louis Maluwa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Evidence-Informed Decision-Making Landscape for Uganda 
Mrs. Julian Bagyedendera – Provide and Equip, Uganda

Knowledge in support Climate change adaption 
Dr. Jasson Kalugendo – University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

EIDM Landscape Map - Parliament of Zimbabwe 
Mr. Gilchriste Ndongwe – Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET), Zimbabwe

Open Applications and  Evidence landscape
Mr. TG Bhowa – ABCD Zim Net, Zimbabwe

An overview of role players outside government that are central to evidence-informed decision-making in the spheres of the African Capacity Building Foundation 
Ms. Aimtonga Makawia – The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Zimbabwe

General overview of the research and evidence-informed decision-making landscape for Cameroon 
Mr. Eric Ngang – Action Group on Governance and Environmental Management (AGGEM), Cameroon

Evidence-Informed Decision-Making: Nutrition Leadership for Zambia 
Ms. Jane Chitanda – Nutrition Association of Zambia, Zambia

Electronic Rapid Landscape Review Map - Ethiopian Evidence Based Health Care Center 
Prof. Sudhakar Morankar – Jimma University, Ethiopia 

Rapid Landscape Review Map: A navigation guide to the R2P jungle in Uganda 
Dr. Ekwaro Obuku – Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews & Knowledge Translation, Makerere University, Uganda 

Rapid Landscape Review Map – Health NGO Sector in South Africa 
Mrs. Jerusha Govender – Data Innovator, South Africa

Parliamentary forum on development evaluation (APNODE) - Uganda 
Ms. Evelyn Mpagi-Kaabule - African Parliamentarians’ Network on Development Evaluation (APNODE), Uganda

EIDM Landscape Map
Dr. Andrew Okem – South African Research Chair Initiative in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment, University of Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Evidence-Informed Decision-Making landscape map for Parliament of Malawi 
Ms. Velia Manyonga – Parliament of Malawi, Malawi

Zimbabwe EIDM Evidence Landscape Map 
Mr. Ronald Munatsi – Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET), Zimbabwe

Tunisia, evidence based policy making by parliamentarians 
Ms. Olfa Soukri Cherif – Assembly of People’s Representatives, Tunisia

Generation, translation and use of evidence in the public sector in Uganda. A case of Government Evaluation Facility 
Mr. Benjamin Kachero – Office of the Prime Minister, Directorate of Policy Implementation Coordination, Monitoring and evaluation, Uganda

Evidence-informed decision-making at Makerere University  
Dr. Ethel Nankya – Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda 

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME); the way to go for effective EIDM 
Ms. Stella Tambala – Citizens Health, Malawi

12h30 - 13h30 - Lunch

13h30 - 15h00 - Breakaway Session 4: Understanding the evidence that exists and how we use it
Chair: Mr. Laurenz Langer, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Challenges and opportunities for evidence mapping: lessons from an international context 
Mrs. Birte Snilstveit – 3ie, United Kingdom

Considering the problem of external validity: when can evidence from one context be useful for decision-making in another?
Dr. Sean Muller – University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Where is students’ research in EIDM? Assessing productivity and use of post-graduate students research in Uganda: A 15 year systematic review
Dr. Ekwaro Obuku – Africa Centre for Systematic Reviews & Knowledge Translation, Makerere University, Uganda

Engaging public and private stakeholders in the development of Evidence Mapping to inform policy
Ms. Siphesihle Dumisa – Department of Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, South Africa 

13h30 - 15h00 - Training Workshop 2: Systematic reviews and evidence-informed policy
Janice Tripney, Institute of Education, University College London, United Kingdom

This session will provide an introduction to systematic reviews, including their contribution to evidence-informed policy.

It will be of interest to both decision-makers considering undertaking or commissioning a review of research, and researchers engaged in making a review successful.

The course will cover:

  • the importance of being systematic
  • the basic stages of the review process common to many reviews
  • how reviews vary
  • the relationship between evidence maps, rapid evidence assessments and systematic reviews
  • key issues to consider when commissioning or using a review
  • infrastructure developed to support the production and use of reviews  



13h30 - 15h00 - Poster Presentation 


Session 2A - POD 1

Chair: Mr. Russell Wildeman, University of Johannesburg, South Africa





13h30 - 15h00 - Poster Presentation 


Session 2B - POD 2

Chair: Mr. Russell Wildeman, University of Johannesburg, South Africa





13h30 - 15h00 - Poster Presentation 


Session 2C - POD 3

Chair: Mr. Russell Wildeman, University of Johannesburg, South Africa




The EIDM rapid landscape review map in Malawi’s health Sector 
Dr. Abiba Longwe-Ngwira – African Institute for Development Policy, Malawi

Evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) landscape map for Kenya 
Ms. Jennifer Mutua – Evaluation Society of Kenya (ESK/AFREA), Kenya


Evidence-Informed Decision Making Landscape Map in the Context of Devolved System of Government in Kenya
Mr. Gordon Wanzare – Assistance and Collaboration on Community Empowerment for Sustainable Social and Economic Development (ACCESSED), Kenya  

Mapping out evidence informed decision making landscape for health research in Malawi 
Dr. Nyanyiwe Mbeye – University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Malawi 

Attributes, capacities and skills of academic knowledge brokers: perspectives from faculty and policymakers engaged in evidence-informed public health policy in Kenya
Dr. Nasreen Jessani – Johns Hopkins University, South Africa

Unconventional evidence: How empty reviews and alternative mapping techniques can be useful to EIDM
Ms. Natalie Rebelo da Silva – University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Landscape for evidence-informed policy making in Malawi Health Sector 
Dr. Collins Mitambo – Ministry of Health, Malawi 

Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) universities' capacity to be engaged actors in research for evidence-influenced decision-making 
Ms. Diana Coates – DRUSSA Programme/Organisation Systems Design, South Africa

Mentorships to support the use research evidence in South Africa and Malawi: a perspective on different models
Mrs. Sunet Jordaan - University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Mapping Knowledge Translation partners and formulation of an Evidence Informed Decision-making Network (EvIDeNt) in Malawi 
Prof. Kamija Phiri – University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Malawi

Building research utilization capacity of health planners and policy makers at the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia: Experience of Mentor – Mentee program 
Prof. Sudhakar Morankar – Jimma University, Ethiopia

Harnessing and valuing local indigenous knowledge and practice to inform policy planning on climate change mitigation and adaptation: the Case of Cameroon
Mr. Eric Ngang - Action Group On Governance And Environmental Management (AGGEM), Cameroon

An overview of role players toward Evidence-Informed Policy-Decision-Making in Ethiopia: A landscape review 
Dr. Teferi Hailemichael – Wollo University, Ethiopia 

The engagement of scientists and other actors with scientific evidence in the context of the controversial acid mine drainage policy issue
Ms. Nikki Funke – CSIR, South Africa

Research impact: clarifying the typologies
Dr. Ke Yu – HSRC, South Africa 

Africa Gender and Development Evaluators Network (AGDEN)
Landscape review map: Gender equality 
Dr. Madri Jansen van Rensburg – AGDEN, South Africa

Evaluation of the Commodity Approach
Ms. Mishkah Jakoet – Genesis Analytics, South Africa

Engaging the media in disseminating high quality research evidence: experiences and lessons learned
Dr. Ethel Nankya - Makerere University College Of Health Sciences, Uganda

15h00 - 16h30 - Refreshment Break

15h30 - 17h00 - Cross Governmental Panel Session 
Chair: Dr. Shanil Haricharan, National Treasury, South Africa

1) Dr. Ian Goldman – Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), South Africa
2) Dr. Collette Clarke – Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), South Africa
3) Mr. Imraan Patel – Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
4) Ms. Mastoera Sadan – PSPPD, South Africa

Close of Day 2

17h30 - 18h30 - AEN Annual General Meeting