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

Brought to you by the Africa Evidence Network 

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Welcome to EVIDENCE 2018
We look forward to meeting you at EVIDENCE 2018, which will take place at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria from 25 - 28 September 2018.

Who should attend?
All those interested in evidence, its production and use in decision-making. This includes people working in Africa and beyond, in governments, civil society, universities and the private sector. 

Objectives
EVIDENCE 2018 aims to encourage, promote and showcase evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) in Africa, thereby contributing to the development of effective public policies and efficient implementation of services, as well as joint learning on interventions that tackle poverty and equality. Together we will tackle some of the biggest priority areas facing the continent, identifying and unpacking evidence-informed solutions.

The objectives of the conference include the following:

  1. To grow our understanding of this important field by sharing learning and advancing discussions in how best to support evidence-informed decision-making in Africa;
  2. To increase engagement across the Africa Evidence Network and broader community, spanning the many divides that prevent scientists and decision-makers from working together, building relationships and moving forwards to our shared benefit; and
  3. To situate our evidence community as a global player in, and umbrella body for, evidence-informed decision-making in Africa.

Background to the Africa Evidence Network and the EVIDENCE conferences
The Africa Evidence Network was conceived in December 2012 following the 3ie and Campbell Collaboration’s mini-colloquium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At this colloquium, a number of African delegates from various systematic review and science-policy organisations had a meeting at which they agreed to form a network with the purpose of sharing information, experiences and ideas on the use of evidence in decision-making. The Network thus seeks to link up people and activities across various fields, initiatives and organisations working to produce and use evidence.

It has grown from 23 members to over 1200 with delegates from over 40 countries.

In November 2014 (25-28 November 2014), the Network hosted its first ever colloquium in Johannesburg, which brought together over 90 members from the evidence community from Africa and beyond. It served to pay testimony to the growing appetite and demand for evidence, and to connect producers and users of such evidence. In 2016 the Network partnered with various other African organisations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and South Africa to host roadshows: these were small-scale events where both the 
Network and partners showcased themselves and presented their work to individuals within the partner organisation’s network. In September 2016, the Network hosted its second biennial Evidence conference, EVIDENCE 2016, which was attended by ± 180 members of the Network from across 34 countries.

The programme for EVIDENCE 2016 consisted of a range of plenary, small group, and oral poster presentations from academic and public sector participants. The comprehensive programme 
showcased 67 speakers from across the world and delivered 80 presentations from 15 countries. The conference was opened by South Africa’s Minister for Science and Technology, Minister Naledi Pandor.

EVIDENCE 2018 aims to build on this important history to make an impact on evidence-informed decision-making across our continent.