Evaluation of Approaches to Build Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE)

The effective use of research by those who make policy in the Global South can have a real impact on decision-making. DFID launched their ‘Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence’ Programme (BCURE) with the aim of increasing the capacity of policy makers, practitioners and research intermediaries to use research effectively.

This complex multicountry and multi year evaluation will seek to understand which approaches to building the capacity of decision makers to access, apprise and use evidence work in which types of contexts. The evaluation has three main components: 1) a common theory of change for how capacity development can strengthen research use; 2) case evaluations of six BCURE projects. These are spread over 8 countries and will be followed over three years to understand progress and learning. The common theory of change will be tested through each of the case evaluations using contribution analysis; 3) a period review of the wider evidence base on capacity development for research use and other relevant literatures (e.g. capacity development, adult learning etc.); 4) a synthesis that brings together the findings from the case evaluation and the evidence reviews and seeks to draw out common learning using the principles of realist synthesis.

Itad in partnership with the University of Stellenbosch and Commsconsult is providing a team of 10 evaluators, led by Isabel Vogel, with expertise in research, communications and policy processes to look at the BCURE programme and the capacity-building projects it funds, as well as existing evidence on building capacity in decision making. As well as strengthening this evidence base, the success and value for money of the various BCURE projects will be evaluated.

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