Evidence to Action: Towards Data-informed Policy and Practice in Africa


Event Date

Nairobi, Kenya
Using evidence from surveys can add up to better policy

Much research has been done in recent years trying to answer the question of what works to improve agricultural productivity and investment in Africa. These research findings and evaluations now need to be systematically reviewed, translated, contextualized, and disseminated to better inform policy makers and development practitioners. With the right level of support and collaboration, the successful translation of evidence-based research findings into actionable policy and programmatic guidance will lead to the transformation of African agriculture, increasing incomes, reducing food insecurity, and putting African countries on track to achieve sustainable agricultural development on the continent.

With this background in mind, the International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED) has collaborated with the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative (ATAI) and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access (AMA Innovation Lab) to organize two regional conferences in May (Kenya) and July (Ghana) 2017. The two conferences, which will be organized under the same theme -- “Evidence to Action” - strive to enhance collaboration between researchers and stakeholders and outline clear recommendations on how to ensure Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and evidence-based research positively impacts regional and national priorities and contributes to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Malabo Declaration.

Conference Objectives

Data-collection in action, Singida Tanzania

The purpose of these convenings is to promote evidence from rigorous impact evaluations and research and to encourage increased uptake and utilization of research and innovation in evaluation to influence policy and drive change at the national, regional and global levels.

The conferences will provide an excellent platform for researchers, academics, private sector practitioners, development agencies, civil society and policy makers to learn, share information, build networks and partnerships with the overall objective of identifying effective strategies and interventions for ensuring data generated from research and evaluation projects is well utilized.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the innovative & cutting-edge research and evaluation projects
  • Discover the range of high quality evidence of what works, where, and why
  • Get actionable information about these research innovation and best practices
  • Discuss strategies for scaling
  • Understand more concretely how evaluation and research results can contribute to systemic change in African agriculture development

The first regional conference set for May 23-24th in Nairobi, Kenya. Conference agenda available soon.