Enhance the global evidence architecture

The second implementation priority – enhance and leverage the global evidence architecture – is a key enabler of the first priority (formalize and strengthen evidence-support systems) and of the evidence-informed efforts of multilateral organizations to support their member states.

We have witnessed ongoing leadership by WHO in improving its processes for developing normative guidance, such as through living guidelines and more generally high-quality guidelines (if not yet as visibly in its technical-cooperation activities). We have also noted pockets of leadership at other UN system entities, such as UNICEF and UNDP. We have seen little response from other multilateral organizations. 

We are aware of some pilots but no broad efforts to coordinate the production of evidence-related global public goods. This has meant a continued low signal-to-noise ratio – with uneven coverage, low quality and outdatedness the pattern for both Sustainable Development Goal-focused evidence syntheses and COVID-19-focused evidence syntheses – as well as continued duplication and hence research waste. We are also aware of many anecdotal examples of funders and donors and global public-goods producers ‘going their own way’ even when made aware of how they would be contributing to research waste.

The Global Evidence Commission secretariat and its partners are speaking with many funders and donors and with many global public-goods producers (through the Global Evidence Producers Group). The secretariat and its partners are also conducting an assessment of past efforts to enhance aspects of the global evidence architecture. The goal is to develop one or more viable models and to seek funding and the support of evidence producers to pilot the model and then to scale it up based on lessons learned. 

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Are you able to encourage funders and donors – both in your own country and those operating globally – to be part of the solution and encourage impact-oriented evidence producers – especially those producing global public goods like living evidence syntheses – to work in more coordinated ways and to build connections to domestic evidence-support networks and units? Please contact evidencecommission@mcmaster.ca to learn more.

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Helpful links

Update 2023 (p.8-9)

Key concepts from Update 2023 relevant to this priority:

  • 2.0 Improving coordination among evidence producers (both global and domestic) is an important place to start PPT
  • 2.1 One possible model for improving coordination: Start by better connecting global and domestic PPT
  • 2.2 One possible model for improving coordination: Use funding as a lever for change (better address domestic evidence needs with money saved from research waste) PPT

Key sections from our report relevant for multilateral organizations:

Other key sections from our report that offer context:

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