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A light touch review of the evidence-based policy in development network

Research report

Written by Ajoy Datta

Research report



The evidence-based policy in development network (ebpdn) is a 2000 member strong online sharing platform for professionals engaged in research, policy and practice around evidence-informed policy. The network was set up in 2005 as part of the DFID funded Civil Society Partnership Programme, in partnership with 19 civil society organisations.

This report uses a light touch approach to review the development and functions of the ebpdn. Using key informant interviews and a survey of members, the authors outline the role ebpdn plays for its members and its successes and challenges in building a community, sharing resources and amplifying member's voices.


After reviewing the value created by the network, the authors suggest eight options for the ongoing management of the network.


Ajoy Datta and Clara Richards