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Side event: Responsive evidence synthesis for agriculture, nutrition, and health policy decisions
byANH Academy
Academy Week Research Conference
Date and Time
From: 27 June 2023, 17:15
To: 27 June 2023, 18:15 - CAT (GMT+2)
Street: Umodzi Park Chilembwe, Lilongwe, Malawi

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Open Full Event Responsive evidence

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We invest billions of dollars every year to achieve international targets in agriculture, nutrition, and health, such as those set by the United Nations and the World Health Assembly. Policymakers also invest heavily in research to identify the most effective, and cost-effective uses of these funds. Over 100 impact evaluations or systematic reviews on the effects of food systems interventions on food security and nutrition in low- and middle-income countries have been published each year for the last decade. However, to make this information actionable, it needs to be aggregated and synthesized in a manner that is both academically rigorous and practically useful.  

In this session, we will discuss the challenges that policymakers face in finding the evidence they need to make programming decisions. Simultaneously, we will discuss the challenges that researchers face in providing this evidence in a timely and nuanced manner. Our discussion will be framed around the responsive synthesis efforts that 3ie undertakes to develop actionable conclusions regarding intervention effectiveness. This will include a presentation of findings from our women’s empowerment REA, fiscal policies SR, and review of the long-term effects of food systems interventions (in-publication). 


Organizations involved: 
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) 
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit 
  • Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Malawi  
  • Embassy of Ireland 


  • Charlotte Lane (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 3ie) 
  • Julia Hoigt (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 
  • Deo-Garcias Houndolo (WACIE, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation 3ie) 
  • Bessie Msusa  (PRSP (Poverty Reduction, Social Reduction, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Malawi )
  • Diamuid McClean (Head of Cooperation Embassy of Ireland)


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