Policy> Action Network newsletters

In Phase I, the PSPPD established various partnerships with key institutions to promote evidence-based policy-making (EBPM) and leverage its knowledge management strategy. One of these partners was the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), which developed a sector-specific website, the Policy> Action Network (P>AN), to provide topical information and links on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), poverty and inequality, and EBPM. With support from the PSPPD, P>AN also produced regular newsletters, which can be found below:

From Evidence to Action Issue 1: Evidence-based policy-making
This newsletter from the Policy>Action Network is the first of a series designed to stimulate interest in evidence-based policy-making. It contains a range of resources including case studies, feature articles on how evidence has informed policy and ‘how-to’ information on getting research into policy.

From Evidence to Action Issue 2: Poverty and inequality
In the second issue of From Evidence to Action, we focus on the ‘Overcoming Inequality and Structural Poverty in South Africa: towards inclusive growth and development’ conference, which brought together experts to learn from each other and discuss strategies for dealing with inequality and poverty in South Africa. We highlight the PSPPD, look at Rapid Evidence Assessments (REA) and present research from the CSIR on the science-policy interface, evidence-based policy-making and knowledge brokering.

From Evidence to Action Issue 3: Focus on child-centred policy
This issue of the PAN Newsletter focuses on the interface between child-centred evidence and related policy. It features a range of resources that illustrate how child-focused data and research evidence can contribute to and inform positive outcomes for children when formulating social policy. Our basis for this is the understanding that child poverty is structural, multisectoral and cross-cutting, so it becomes critical for it to be viewed as part of the bigger picture and not seen in isolation.

From Evidence to Action Issue 4: Crime and violence
In this issue of From Evidence to Action, we focus on violent crime in South Africa. Through a review of a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) report we explore the value of evidence in the policy-making process. We also highlight the role of knowledge brokers and examine an example of how resources like the South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) datasets can be drawn on to produce more accessible evidence.

From Evidence to Action Issue 5: Education and poverty
In this issue of From Evidence to Action, we look at the South African education system and how evidence informed policies can be implemented to address challenges. We interview researchers working directly in the education policy environment and the role they play in bridging the gap between evidence and policy and highlight the work of the National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU). We then review challenges of getting research evidence taken up by policy-makers.

From Evidence to Action Issue 6: Evaluating our way to better government performance
In this issue of From Evidence to Action, we look at how the evaluation of government programmes is invaluable in improving performance and service delivery. We showcase effective evaluation systems such as Mexico’s National Council of Evaluation (CONEVAL) programme. We also discuss the drafting of South Africa’s National Evaluation Policy Framework which seeks to promote the use of evaluation for improved performance, impact, accountability and decision- making.