The brief highlights how a number of factors contributed to why the findings of this impact evaluation resonated among policymakers, which in turn informed two changes to West Bengal’s groundwater access policies.
Among these factors were the researchers’ engagement and communication skills, as well as their ability to leverage existing networks and their institutional affiliation to gain support from national and state-level policymakers. The study findings were also timely, clear and closely aligned with the new state government’s promise to ease groundwater access for poor farmers.
In South Africa, 78 per cent of the children in fourth grade struggle to understand the meaning of what they read. An evaluation of the Early Grade Reading Study provides evidence that can help decision makers respond to this reading crisis.
This brief describes how a supportive policy context, strong relationships and wide engagement with decision-makers helped rigorous evaluation findings spur evidence-informed innovation in regulating industrial pollution.
The brief highlights the importance of fully considering the political economy context in evaluation design. It also examines a range of contributory factors for evidence use. Evaluation champions who can influence change are important.
In Uganda, vitamin A deficiency is a health challenge, with 28 per cent of preschool children estimated to be deficient. To address this issue, the international organisation HarvestPlus has been promoting vitamin A-enriched orange sweet potato (OSP) to improve the diets of the poor.