ZimEvidence is the official blog of the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET)
It is aimed at looking engaging stakeholders involved in research-into-policy processes, a share knowledge and information that contributes to strengthening the use of evidence in policy and practice. Although ZimEvidence is managed by ZeipNET, the views and opinions expressed on ZimEvidence are those of the individual authors and do not represent those of ZeipNET.
Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) was established to develop and coordinate over-arching national processes that support the use of evidence in policy making in Zimbabwe. It does this through capacity building and active engagement of all stakeholders involved in the policy-making matrix. These actors include policy makers and influencers, research institutions and think-tanks, the academia, the media, government and civic society.
Our view of evidence is broad. For ZeipNET evidence includes:
Data: often statistical, that describes the world as it is
Research evidence: The big thing that research can provide is an understanding of causality, that is, what elements caused certain change. We may want to know this in order to repeat certain positive outcomes in a different context or to avoid certain negative effects.
Citizen (or participatory) knowledge is held by citizens, both individually and collectively, drawing on their daily lives; it is knowledge of a place, a culture, people, and their challenges, gained through direct experience.
Practice-informed knowledge / Experience is knowledge from experience of implementing policy and practice, or gained more generally through hands-on action
What informs ZeipNET’s programme interventions is the premise that the routine use of evidence to inform policy requires at least three factors to be in place:
- Individuals with the skills to generate, access, evaluate, communicate and articulate and act on research evidence
- Processes for handling research evidence in policy making departments
iii. A wider enabling environment of engaged citizens, media, civil society, policy makers, research institutions and the academia
ZeipNET works to strengthen capacity across all the three levels above.
To be a national leader in promoting evidence based policy-making and practice in Zimbabwe and regionally
- How we work
We seek to stimulate the research appetite of policy makers so that they demand research when making policy decisions, and we also work to build the capacity of researchers and research intermediaries so that they can effectively provide this research when needed. ZeipNET provides collaborative platforms to disseminate research and share best practices. Ultimately, we seek to institutionalise the evidence-informed policy-making culture in Zimbabwe.