Feeding high-quality evidence into policy making remains difficult, but is essential for improving public interventions. Governing better through evidence-informed policy making requires building capacity for the effective use and demand of evidence at all levels of government.
This workshop provided the opportunity to discuss how to build such capacity and what the implications are in terms of the skillset for policymakers for EIPM, and of the institutional framework that would be most effective. Participants were given the opportunity to discuss how such skills can be introduced in civil service organisations or networks and how to ensure that they are nurtured by a supportive institutional setting.
The workshop addressed three core objectives:
What are the skills needed for obtaining evidence?
What are the skills needed for the appraisal of evidence?
What are the processes, institutional set-up and skills needed for incorporating evidence in policy-making?
The audience comprised of senior civil servants from the OECD public governance policy communities and related networks, and experts working at the intersection between evidence and policy.
The resulting skills framework will be relevant to senior policy makers and/or operational staff, whether inside of government or in the public sector outside government, including staff in What Works Centres, international and development public bodies as well as knowledge brokers.