Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership (previously PERLSS) – capacity building

Building on their existing commitments to advance the timely and effective use of evidence in policy and decision-making, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IDRC have jointly increased their support to the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership of teams in low- and middle-income countries. This partnership facilitates the use of evidence by policymakers and stakeholders to clarify priority development problems and causes, frame options to address them, and identify implementation considerations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia.

Building on the experiences and expertise of these country teams in informing health policies, a number of health sector mechanisms will be adapted and used to contribute to the evidence uptake in a variety of other sectors. Examples of such mechanisms include rapid response services, stakeholder dialogues, and citizen panels. The project will study if and how these mechanisms work and will examine their effectiveness in facilitating the use of evidence by policymakers in the health and non-health sectors.

This project will foster sharing and learning, research quality, coordination, and communications to enhance the effectiveness and impact of the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership.

Project ID


Project status



37 months

IDRC Officer

Montasser Kamal

Total funding

CA$ 165,320


Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South of Sahara, South America, Uganda, West Indies