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Louise Shaxson

Director of Programme – Digital Societies

Leadership Team, Digital Societies

Portrait of Louise Shaxson

Louise Shaxson is Director of the Digital Societies programme (formerly RAPID) at ODI. She has worked as a natural resource economist in Africa and Latin America, as a research manager in DFID’s London headquarters, and as a policy adviser and management consultant in the UK and internationally. This breadth of experience has shaped her insights into the flow of evidence between research, policy and civil society in different countries. She is particularly interested in how to embed an evidence informed approach inside a government department and to help evidence-informed decision making become part of business as usual. She has published widely on evidence-related issues. Louise was an impact assessor for the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework, and is an Associate Editor of the journal Evidence & Policy.

  1. Interview: interrogating the power relationships that shape data for sustainable development

  2. Digital youth peacebuilding: why it matters


  3. We urgently need better evidence on the impacts of digitalisation

  4. Building a culture of research impact

  5. Generating demand for and use of evaluation evidence in government health ministries


  6. Supporting impact across a multi-dimensional research programme


  7. Evidence-informed decision-making in a complex world


  8. 10 things to know about how to influence policy with research

    Briefing/policy papers

  9. What drives the use of evidence within government?


  10. Enhancing the use of evidence in South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs

    Working papers

  11. Understanding the organisational context for evidence-informed policy-making

    Working papers

  12. Guidelines and good practices for evidence-informed policy-making in a government department

    Research reports

  13. Evidence and policy in South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs

    Research reports

  14. Brexit, Chilcot and evidence-based decision making

  15. How to think like an evidence-informed policymaker

  16. Synthesising and presenting complex evidence for policy-making

    Working papers

  17. Lessons for building and managing an evidence base for policy


  18. How to design a monitoring and evaluation framework for a policy research project

    Working papers

  19. Planning for impact: helping universities make the most of their research

  20. China-Africa: a maturing relationship?