PEP's unique research support program facilitates collaboration between local researchers and stakeholders to produce contextualized, policy-relevant evidence. We foster best practices in policy engagement and communication to increase evidence use. We also support research teams to promote evidence use within local institutions and through public engagement via national events and the media.
As a result, most PEP projects inform policymaking and/or lead to increased visibility and career advancement for local researchers. The statistics below relate the impact of 60 projects supported by PEP between 2016 and 2021. This information is collected through our sophisticated monitoring and evaluation system, embedded into all projects and initiatives.
Below are links to annual or periodic series of impact stories reported by PEP project teams supported since 2013.
- N.B. See also PEP national policy conferences to find out more about the dissemination of PEP findings in beneficiary countries, including national media coverage.
As of August 2021, 11 PEP project teams—supported between 2019 and 2021, under the 3rd funding round of the PAGE II program—had reported "impact stories". FIND THEM HERE
These stories include how the teams' findings, or the researchers' expertise, have been used to inform policy decisions and advisory processes. In addition, several teams have reported that local institutions have adopted various features of PEP's approach (co-production, policy papers, etc) to improve their own practices for evidence-informed policy advice.
In 2020, nine PEP project teams—supported under the first two rounds of the PAGE II program (2016-2019)—reported impact stories. FIND THEM HERE
These stories include how the teams' findings helped inform the design of national strategies in the energy sector in Nigeria and the financial sector in Malawi, the evaluation of existing programs to support farming in Benin and Ghana, and a national debate around the socio-economic consequences of civil conflicts in Sierra Leone, among others.
In 2019, 16 project teams - supported under the first two rounds of the PAGE II program - reported impact stories. FIND THEM HERE
The stories are grouped into three categories:
Research findings taken up to inform policy decisions or governance practice.
Official statements from policymakers committing to use the findings to inform policy processes.
PEP researchers’ increased and longer-term policy influence as their expertise is recognised.
The PEP impact posters and impact briefs posted below tell stories reported, between 2014 and 2018, by teams supported under both PAGE I and PAGE II programs.