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Partners for Evidence-driven Rapid Learning in Social Systems (PERLSS)

Despite the well-acknowledged importance of using evidence for decision-making by many development actors, organizations in most countries are not using timely and responsive mechanisms to effectively support evidence-informed policymaking.

This project involves and supports organizations in eleven countries individually and as a network (six African and five non-African) to facilitate the use of evidence from policymakers and stakeholders in order to clarify development problems and causes, frame options to address them, and identify implementation considerations.

Supported through a co-funding partnership between IDRC and Hewlett, the project will build on the experiences and expertise of these organizations in informing health policies to test whether the mechanisms used in health systems — such as rapid response services, stakeholder dialogues, and citizen panels — can be adapted and used by other social actors. The aim is to build conducive environments and systems for evidence-informed policymaking about social systems generally, and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in particular.

The project will study if and how the piloted mechanisms work and their effectiveness in facilitating the use of evidence by policymakers in the non-health sector. It will also explore if and how the strength of participating organizations, as well as their relationships with other organizations in each country’s ecosystem of policy-supporting organizations, increases over time. There will be a particular focus on whether the mechanisms and their impacts vary according to context or issues across countries. This learning about evidence-informed policymaking will be consolidated and shared among the participating organizations and beyond.

Project ID
109021
Project Status
Active
Duration
42 months
Total Funding
CA$ 3,182,290.00
Location
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
China
Colombia
Ethiopia
Lebanon
Nigeria
South of Sahara
South America
Uganda
West Indies
Programs
Global Health
Institution Country
Burkina Faso
Project Leader
Institution
Burkina Faso. Ministère de la santé
Institution Country
Colombia
Project Leader
Institution
Universidad de Antioquia
Institution Country
Jamaica
Project Leader
Institution
The University of the West Indies
Institution Country
Lebanon
Project Leader
Institution
American University of Beirut
Institution Country
Nigeria
Project Leader
Institution
Ebonyi State University
Institution Country
Canada
Project Leader
Institution
McMaster University
Institution Country
Ethiopia
Project Leader
Institution
Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Institution Country
Brazil
Project Leader
Institution
Instituto Veredas
Institution Country
South Africa
Project Leader
Institution
University of Johannesburg
Institution Country
Chile
Project Leader
Institution
Chile. Ministerio de Salud
Institution Country
Uganda
Project Leader
Institution
Makerere University
Institution Country
Cameroon
Project Leader
Institution
Centre pour le Développement des Bonnes Pratiques en Santé