What Works Global Summit – Getting evidence into policy


The 2022 What Works Global Summit (WWGS) took place from 18-20 October and was hosted by Campbell Collaboration and UK & Ireland Campbell Centre. The conference was held entirely online and was free to attend, with times designed to accommodate different global time zones.

The conference program included three plenaries on evidence synthesis in child protection, education and countering violent extremism, respectively. Parallel sessions are focused on climate solutions, social welfare, ageing, children and young persons well-being, education, international development, knowledge translation, machine learning, stakeholder engagement and method innovation.  Pre-conference workshops on searching and using eppi-reviewer are also free, and opportunities for one-on-one networking and group networking will be available throughout the conference.

Evidence Commission secretariat co-lead Jeremy Grimshaw delivered a special session on behalf of the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges. He spoke about how the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) came together to help those already supporting decision-making to find and use the best evidence that is already out there and to help reduce duplication in and better coordinate evidence syntheses. Joining this session were Commissioner Jan Minx (of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Germany), Commissioner Maureen Smith (also with Cochrane in Canada), and Patrick Okwen (of Effective Basic Services (eBASE) Africa in Cameroon).

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A second session featured a panel presentation from Maureen Smith (citizen leader and commissioner, Evidence Commission) and François-Pierre Gauvin (senior scientific lead, citizen engagement and evidence curation at the McMaster Health Forum) on "Advances in coproduction and knowledge translation." This presentation described the innovative practices of COVID-END and the challenges encountered in building citizen-engagement capacities. It also explored how this initiative helped to cement the importance of citizen engagement to foster a culture of evidence and informed the work of the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges.

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A third session featured a panel presentation including Jinglin He (commissioner, Evidence Commission) on evidence-based social science in China. In her presentation, titled ‘Global Evidence Commission Report: Values and Implications for China,’ she highlighted the key recommendations from the report, as well as key learnings that will help with implementation of these recommendations in China.

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Evidence Commission Participants:

  • Jeremy Grimshaw
  • Francois-Pierre Gauvin
  • Maureen Smith

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