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Practical reflections on combining workshops and mentorships to build capacity in demand and use of evidence in government organisations

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Ruth StewartAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Russell WildemanAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Sunet JordaanAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Yvonne ErasmusAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Laurenz LangerAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Louis MaluwaAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Natalie TannousAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Janine MitchellAfrica Centre for Evidence, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Decision makers’ capacity to use evidence is a key component of evidence-informed decision making (EIDM) at a policy level. This paper describes a unique combination of EIDM workshops and mentoring to build decision makers’ capacity to use evidence. It reflects how the deliberate design of sequential workshop and mentoring capacity-building activities enhanced programme effects and reports on the design features that we believe have most contributed to the observed effects. We have found that this combined approach is most effective when it is underpinned by a relationship-building theory of change and remains flexible and responsive to delivering on the needs of participants, and when it is delivered in a timely manner by partners who have been carefully paired with participants based on required expertise.

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