The partnership for evidence and equity in responsive social systems (PEERSS) aims to advance evidence-informed policymaking, primarily in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to address social challenges, with a focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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 project will not only analyze how young people are affected by COVID-19, it will examine how they can be key actors in the response, mitigation, and evaluation efforts of pandemic policies and actions.
The overall objective of this project is to promote the uptake of research findings from the cohort of projects “Combatting sexual and gender-based violence and improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in West Africa”.
Recent outbreaks of the highly infectious and dangerous Ebola virus in West and Central Africa underscore the importance of rapid diagnostics and surveillance infrastructure, evidence-driven health communications and community engagement activities, and an effective and well-coordinated emergency response to strengthen the resilience of vulnerable populations in the face of emerging pandemic threats.
Despite the well-acknowledged importance of using evidence for decision-making by many development actors, organizations in most countries are not using timely and responsive mechanisms to effectively support evidence-informed policymaking.
In an era of rapid change and increasing mistrust in institutions, open data and the surrounding communities that use it, are working to shift norms and culture to create dialogue and collaboration between governments, civil society and the private sector.