BCURE’s ongoing assessment programme maps the policy process to determine where data and evidence can make inroads. Policy vignette assessments shed light on how the traits of policy actors and the characteristics of information impact evidence use. Additionally, training needs are assessed by surveys of target cohorts complemented by interviews and focus groups, to elicit information on decision-making contexts, barriers to evidence use, and capacity constraints.
BCURE training workshops are based on a blended learning model incorporating digital modules deployed online followed by in-class lectures and discussion, implemented in collaboration with the National School of Public Policy. The BCURE curriculum comprises six units designed to equip policy decision-makers with practical skills and frameworks to effectively apply data and evidence. The units focus on functions of research data and analytical tools for its synthesis, highlighting issues of practical concern for policy actors.
BCURE pilot projects showcase the value of research evidence by leveraging data to fill identified gaps in policy design. These projects build data infrastructure and enable partners to increase capacity through hands-on experience and active learning, supporting an engaged, demand-driven approach to using evidence. High potential proof of concept projects are incubated by the CERP and EPoD teams through ongoing mentoring and technical support.
BCURE policy dialogues are problem-focused forums for debate, bringing together key stakeholders from government, political parties, military, private sector, and civil society. The dialogues provide a platform for multi-directional dialogue, strategic coordination, interactive problem solving and negotiation in order to advance policy through a shared understanding of the evidence base. Policy dialogues also serve to identify evidence gaps to highlight priorities for future research.