Evidence Cafes

The Evidence Café programme allows researchers and policy makers, development practitioners, academics and other non-state actors to engage with the public and the media in their current research thus creating a forum to promote the public appreciation of research evidence and its values in solving day to day problems. Moreso, taking scientists out of their offices and labs into an informal environment forces them to abandon jargon and complex esoteric frameworks and make science more accessible to society. Scientific issues with a bearing on policy are identified and the public, policy makers, the media and other interested stakeholders are invited for free and open inquiry discussions in informal environments. This creates an enabling, informal environment for scientists to communicate their work to the public. It thus increases appreciation and understanding of scientific issues by the public and policy makers. This also increases civic and media participation and improves dissemination of accurate scientific information to inform policy decisions. Demystifying scientific and technical issues also ensures that ordinary people can contribute more meaningfully to the policy making process.

On the 24th of March 2015 ZeipNET held a Knowledge Café at the book Café in Harare, Zimbabwe which focused on the Use of Evidence in Gender Mainstreaming.The KC was organized in partnership with the Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ). More inormation on the event can be accessed at:
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Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network in Partnership with The US Embassy Public Affairs SectionFood For Thought Series Hosted its Second Knowledge Café on Evidence Informed Policy Making: Success, Challenges and Opportunities. The knowledge Café was on the 20th o October 2015 at the US Embassy Public Affairs Ofice, EastGate, Harare. The KC aimed to provide a forum to discuss success stories, challenges and opportunities for EIPM in Zimbabwe. Of particular note, the forum obtained insight into what can be done to promote the routine use of evidence in policymaking processes in Zimbabwe.Watch interviews from the knowledge

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Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network partnered the Africa Evidence Network in organising a panel discussion on the topic indicated above. The event was be held on 5 February 2016 at Crowne Plaza Hotel from 2pm - 5pm.The forum sought to strengthen the evidence institutional landscape in Zimbabwe through targeted stakeholder engagement and networking. The forum discussed and mapped a way forward in addressing the challenges and opportunities for building an active evidence institutional landscape in Zimbabwe as effective research to policy systems rely on multiple players working together. Stakeholders included government policy makers, researchers, research intermediaries, civic society, think tanks, academia and the media.Fous of the forum was not limited to only strengthening institutional processes for engaging with and communicating evidence but also the creation of networks and platforms to bring together the various actors in the research-to-policy mix. Preimminent Zimbawean award winning Scientist and current chair of the Zimbabwe Council on Higher Education (ZIMCHE) gave a keynote address.

Panelists leading the discussion were as follows:
Dr. Gibson Chigumira
Executive Director- Zimbabwe Economic Policy Analysis and Research Unit (ZEPARU).
Mrs Charity Zhanje
Director- Research and Development, Ministry of Industry and Commerce.
Mr Artwell Kadungure
Senior Research Fellow- Training and Research Support Centre (TARSto
To watch the discussion visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guSHRP_iIR

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