Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE)

“The effective use of research and evidence can play a crucial role in making policy more successful.”

This is the starting assumption behind the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence Programme (BCURE), a £13 million initiative by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) that runs from 2013-2017. The BCURE programme aims to increase the capacity of policy makers to use research more effectively, through building the skills, incentives and systems required to access, appraise and apply evidence in decision making.

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BCURE consists of six linked projects spanning 11 countries in Africa and Asia. Interventions range from training and mentoring to supporting evidence champions and building networks, to facilitating decision-making processes and establishing systems within ministries and cabinets to improve evidence use.

Itad is leading a three-year realist impact evaluation of BCURE (2014-2017), examining how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making work, for whom, and in which contexts. The primary aim of the evaluation is to strengthen the evidence base in order to inform decisions within and beyond DFID about whether to fund and how to design this type of programme in future.

For more information on this project, please visit the BCURE website.

 

BCURE Findings and Publications

Literature Review: How can capacity development promote evidence-informed policy making?

The literature review examines how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making work, for whom, and in which contexts.

You can read the Literature Review in sections:

Read the Literature Review Briefing Note for an overview of three of the main lessons.

You can also explore the BCURE Literature Database, which includes information on all the resources used, as well as other useful resources which didn’t make it into the review.

Stage Two Synthesis Report

Academic Publications

 

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