Rationality, irrationality, reality: The uneasy marriage between decision-making & evidence (Webinar)

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This webinar by the Global Evaluation Initiative (GEI) and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results for Francophone Africa (CLEAR-FA) explored how policymakers and development practitioners can leverage data and evidence to shape policies and programs that truly improve the lives of citizens.

Studies have shown that decision-making processes can sometimes overlook or ignore what data and evidence are saying. This is a significant obstacle to shaping well-informed policies that address the real needs of our communities.

Given the crucial importance of this topic, the organisers decided to kick off 2024 with a discussion on how we can overcome the cognitive biases and behaviours that get in the way of rational and realistic decision-making.


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  • Ian Goldman - International Advisor on Evaluation/M&E and Evidence Systems, 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
  • Mohamed Dia – Professor of Quantitative Methods and Operations Management at Laurentian University in Canada
  • Antonin Sourou Dossou – Consultant for the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) and former Minister of Policy Evaluation in Benin
  • Gonzalo Hernández Licona - Director of the Multidimensional Poverty Network at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and Special Policy Advisor for GEI


  • Edoé Djimitri Agbodjan - Coordinator of CLEAR-FA


  • Parizia Cocca - 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.


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