On July 26-27, ATAI staff presented at the International Center for Evaluation and Development (ICED)’s Evidence to Action 2018 summit to disseminate evidence and build connections with policymakers and implementer working to use evidence in informing policies and programs sub-Saharan Africa. This event built on ATAI’s existing partnership with ICED and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access (the AMA Innovation Lab) and followed two similar events held in 2017. This year’s conference convened over 250 participants who represented local and international NGOs, research centers, academic institutions, and governments. The conference focused on sharing evidence and discussing strategies for increasing the generation of evidence by African researchers and the application of evidence by policymakers on the continent.
At the event, ATAI research was featured during a plenary talk and ATAI staff delivered two presentations during breakout sessions. In a session titled, “Bang for the buck: Identifying causal mechanisms to maximize financial and development impact,” ATAI researcher Michael Carter shared results from an evaluation on subsidies and savings products to increase fertilizer use. ATAI staff presented policy insights on protecting farmers from weather-based risk and on tailoring credit products for smallholder farmers. A full program is available here.