Evidence Commission report launch
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COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-generation focus on evidence among governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations, many types of professionals, and citizens. Now is the time to systematize the aspects of using evidence that are going well and address the many shortfalls, which means creating the capacities, opportunities and motivation to use evidence to address societal challenge, and putting in place the structures and processes to sustain them. Other societal challenges - from educational achievement to health-system performance to climate change – need a similarly renewed focus on best evidence. For those seeking to use evidence to address societal challenges, legitimacy needs to be earned and then actively maintained. The Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges was convened to support people in this vital work.
The webinar was hosted by the Secretariat Executive Lead Jenn Thornhill Verma and Secretariat Co-Lead Jeremy Grimshaw, and featured a brief overview of the Evidence Commission report by Secretariat Co-Lead John Lavis. They were joined by Commissioners David Halpern (government policymaker from the United Kingdom), Kerry Albright (evidence intermediary from UNICEF) and Modupe Adefeso-Olateju (non-governmental organization leader from Nigeria) who shared their insights.