Let’s Talk About the Uneasy Marriage Between Decision-Making and Evidence

Image of a man with his back to the viewer looking at an illustration of two diverging arrows. Text reads: Rationality, Irrationality, Reality: The Uneasy Marriage Between Decision-Making and Evidence. A webinar on 31 January 2024, 14:00 to 15:30 GMT. English and French translations will be available.
22 January 2024

The Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Francophone Africa (CLEAR-FA), a GEI implementing partner, will hold a webinar on January 31st to talk about how policymaking can leverage data and evidence to make a real impact on people’s lives.

Studies have revealed that decision-making processes sometimes ignore or distort what data and evidence are saying. Although decision-makers have access to critical information, certain biases and behaviors get in the way of rational thinking and diminish the ability to design policies that respond to the actual needs of citizens.

How can we ensure that our policies and programs are based on reality and guided by evidence?

Once again, GEI sets the stage for a global exchange of ideas on the vital role of evidence in decision-making. CLEAR-FA is co-organizing the event as a key partner of GEI in building stronger systems for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) among French-speaking communities in Africa.

The webinar will be an opportunity to reflect on how policymakers and development practitioners can overcome the challenges and obstacles to realistic and relevant policymaking. 

Join the conversation and share your experiences and learnings with GEI and CLEAR-FA. English and French translations will be available during the webinar.


DATE: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

TIME: 14:00 to 15:30 GMT


Portrait of Ian Goldman Ian Goldman is an international advisor on Evaluation/M&E and Evidence Systems. He is the president of the International Evaluation Academy and an adjunct professor at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.


Portrait of Mohamed Dia Mohamed Dia is a professor of Quantitative Methods and Operations Management at Laurentian University in Canada.


Portrait of Antonin Sourou Dossou Antonin Sourou Dossou is a consultant for the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and the former Minister of Policy Evaluation in Benin.


Portrait of Gonzalo Hernandez Licona Gonzalo Hernández Licona is currently the director of the Multidimensional Poverty Network at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He also works with GEI as a policy advisor.


Portrait of Edoé Djimitri Agbodjan Edoé Djimitri Agbodjan is the coordinator of CLEAR-FA. He is among the center’s lead experts on strengthening national evaluation systems.


Portrait of Patrizia Cocca Patrizia Cocca is the GEI’s Communications and Knowledge Management Team Lead. She is a knowledge management expert and a communications strategist with extensive experience in the use of communication for behavioral change.