The Wellcome Trust, one of the biggest charitable foundations in the world, has a firm commitment to helping control the escalation of infectious diseases and transforming the world’s approach towards stemming the rise and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Wellcome is looking to fund a Virtual Policy Think Tank that will serve as a bridge between AMR science and policy to accelerate the development, implementation and renewal of evidence-informed National AMR Action Plans. The Virtual AMR Policy Think Tank (PTT) will have three focused priorities:
- Providing rapid responses to urgent evidence requests on AMR policy, including policy advice, implementation, evaluation, ethics, and equity considerations,
- seeding actionable policy proposals from leading experts in the field and related areas, and
- leading capacity-building efforts to support policy learning and research around the world.
Itad has been appointed as an external evaluator to work will work alongside the Think Tank’s internal M&E team bringing expertise and quality assurance to the evaluation at key milestones over three years.
Through this evaluation, we will:
- Provide a robust evidence base to assess the relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of the PTT.
- Produce relevant and timely insights to adapt and course-correct the PTT’s activities, processes and strategy.
- Capture and systematise learning from the PTT to inform future Wellcome initiatives.
- Embrace the medium-to-long-term timeline for change and impact inherent in the PTT’s impact pathways by adopting:
- a framework that can make an early and ongoing assessment of the contribution of the Think Tank’s activities to the translation of evidence into policy, and
- a work plan focused on informing Wellcome’s key decision points and strengthening current and future internal M&E work, as well as to inform thinking about replication of the PTT model elsewhere.