Evidence-based policy-making (EBPM)

Evidence-based policy-making (EBPM) is advocated internationally for its potential to contribute to
effective policy. EBPM aims to increase the use of scientific research, including research from the social and economic sciences, as a source of evidence for policy-making; asking questions about the nature of the problem under scrutiny, how it has been addressed elsewhere and the cost, benefit and effectiveness of interventions.

For researchers to be able to advocate for the use of evidence to inform policies, they need to understand the policy-making process and policy-makers, including their priorities, political agendas, individual goals, and time constraints, to ensure their research evidence is relevant and usable. Likewise, policy-makers need to be able understand and value the evidence that research can bring to their decision-making processes.

Increasing both the demand for, and supply of, evidence is crucial for effective EBPM, and therefore the capacity building and training component of the PSPPD provides learning opportunities to improve skills and capacity among both researchers and policy-makers in producing evidence-based policy and conceptualising, planning, and implementing interventions around poverty and inequality.