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About the Evidence to Policy Initiative (E2Pi)

The Evidence to Policy Initiative (E2Pi) works to narrow the gap between evidence and policy, creating the tools and information policymakers need in order to make informed decisions. We concentrate on topics of greatest current interest to the international community; on complex issues where the current debate can benefit from clarification and simplification; and on areas where there is a clear demand for evidence-based options and recommendations. Accordingly, the topics we work on can be diverse. To date we have provided information, impartial analysis and other tools to support policymaking in the following areas:

  • The difficult policy options facing the Geneva-based international financing institutions—especially the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership for vaccine procurement and delivery—as they respond to international pressure to increase financing, improve impact and expand their mandates
  • Mechanisms for measuring the success or failure of innovative new international initiatives, such as the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm)—an effort to increase distribution of effective malaria treatment through the private sector
  • Evidence on the health and economic risks of reducing investment in malaria—in order to make the case for long-term, sustained international and domestic financing
  • Policies on translating new international commitments to maternal, newborn and child health into concrete and well-funded action on the ground

Practical applications; neutral evidence

When examining a particular problem, E2Pi translates evidence, analysis and decision points into easily accessible briefings and reports that policymakers can use. We work in close dialogue with donor and recipient governments, bilateral and multilateral financing agencies, and global health advocacy organizations, to identify where policy isn’t being informed by good evidence—or where good evidence is languishing without a link to policy and implementation. The result is that funders, policymakers and other stakeholders are able to make decisions based on cutting-edge, forward-moving evidence.

Influencing the conversation

E2Pi values and specializes in providing neutral, balanced assessments of what can often be controversial issues and in providing sound policy options to support policymakers in their decision-making. Our papers and reports are used by multilateral and bilateral agencies and foundations, such as the Global Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Our work is cited in prominent academic journals and is informing decisions on how to move forward on critical global priorities. We are increasingly sought out as a policy partner and commissioned to provide perspective or analysis by prominent organizations such as the AMFm, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH).