How can capacity development promote evidence-informed policy making?

How can capacity development promote evidence-informed policy making?This literature review examines how and why different approaches to capacity building for evidence-informed policy making work, for whom, and in which contexts – aiming to provide a practical resource summarising existing knowledge about evidence use in decision making and how to promote it.  The study finds that: (1) interventions that aim to increase capacity for evidence use can catalyse change in a variety of ways, and the literature provides some practical insights into some of the factors that might help or hinder various types of interventions in different contexts; (2) we need to think beyond a capacity ‘gap’ that can be ‘filled’ through training and other skills-building interventions; and (3) uncovering the assumptions behind the idea of ‘evidence-informed policy-making’ is crucial to understanding the links between capacity building, evidence use, and better policies.