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Evidence mapping and synthesis

PAN is working with the Departments of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) to identify and synthesise evidence related to health systems and local government respectively.

Approach

Supporting evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM) requires both proactive development and maintenance of evidence bases from which relevant research can be sourced and synthesised, as well as reactive identification of research to respond to an emerging policy need. In both cases, the research is often needed quickly but the process of sourcing, appraising and synthesising literature needs to be sufficiently rigorous to ensure that policy actors can trust the findings. As PAN, we are applying specific systematic review methodologies for gathering evidence, as well as broader concepts relevant to EIDM support. For example see Stewart et al. 2018 and DPME's guidance on Policy Relevant Evidence Maps.

Our work with DPME aims to build a health systems evidence base, and the current phase runs until end March 2021. The current phase of work with CoGTA is due to end in 2020.

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