EVIDENCE is the biennial gathering hosted by the Africa Evidence Network (AEN), a community of over 3000 individuals from across the evidence ecosystem with an interest in evidence-use in Africa. This event brings together a variety of expertise from across the African evidence ecosystem – from government officials to civil society organisations, from health researchers to technology experts. These eclectic groups gather at EVIDENCE events with the common goal of advancing the support for evidence-use in Africa.

Having run since 2014, EVIDENCE events are routinely described as engaging, exciting, and innovative. This year will be even more so as the AEN secretariat prepares to take this thrilling event fully online from 23-25 September 2020 as EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE.

As the most diverse and innovative evidence-use gathering in the world, EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE promises to reach across boundaries and borders and bring together people with incredible evidence-use experiences who are willing to share their stories.

Are you one of those people?



The EVIDENCE 2020 event is the biennial gathering hosted by the Africa Evidence Network. EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE is being designed as a virtual working meeting that will foster collaboration, facilitate dialogue, and move forward the thinking, practice, and action to advance the use of evidence in decision-making across the continent. While engagement and participation in the event will require an internet connection, there will be low data options available for participation. This preeminent event will aim to advance the African evidence ecosystem by building on and moving forward the work of the previous EVIDENCE conferences (2014 Colloquim, Evidence 2016 and Evidence 2018).

As with previous EVIDENCE events, EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE will be the most diverse of evidence events around the world, attracting participants from all sectors across civil society, government, academia and all in between. It considers all types of evidence to inform the full range of decisions from understanding the issues, to assessing the impacts of interventions, to addressing those issues.

EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE will be the culmination of a number of collaborative workstreams prioritised by Network members and facilitated by the Africa Evidence Network Secretariat. The event will lead to concrete outputs such as collaborative activities, funding applications, and position statements on priority issues in evidence-informed decision-making.

EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE will employ a range of innovative approaches to facilitate networking and collaborative dialogue online, maximising opportunities for participants to engage with one another and with the high-quality content shared across our online event platforms. The working meeting will use technology in new and exciting ways to enable virtual participation, reduce our carbon footprint, and increase the inclusivity of our event.

EVIDENCE 2020 ONLINE will be an event like none other you have ever been part of. 

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