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Executive Summary: Final Evaluation of the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) Programme

Isabel Vogel and Melanie Punton

This is the Executive Summary of the final report of the evaluation of the  Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) programme. It presents an overview the evaluation, the headline findings and lessons.

The £15.7 million BCURE programme aimed to improve the use of evidence in decision making in low and middle-income countries. It ran from 2013 to 2017, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and was made up of six linked projects implemented across 12 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as a number of additional countries reached through international networking and small-grant initiatives. Each project used different combinations of capacity development interventions to support policymakers, government officials and parliamentarians to develop skills, knowledge and systems in order to improve the use of evidence in decision making.