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USAID Contribution

Closing Evidence Gaps to Inform Programming Decisions with USAID Chief Scientist, Dr. Ticora V. Jones

Event Details

Date and time

July 28, 2022






USAID Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub's Research Division

Event Description

USAID Chief Scientist Dr. Ticora V. Jones leads a conversation with Dr. Paul Perrin of the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Perrin will provide an overview of the role of evidence syntheses such as evidence gap maps to inform decision making, share findings around themes relevant to USAID programming, namely effective partnership approaches in international research, capacity building for research translation, and research financing. The recently launched Research for Development Evidence Gap Map, developed in the framework of USAID’s Research Technical Assistance Center will also be highlighted. Dr. Jones will then lead the audience through a Q&A.

During this seminar attendees will:
- Hear about the strategic role of evidence syntheses in global development work
- Learn about the key findings from the Evidence Brief Series
- Get an overview of evidence gap maps, their use, and process for construction
- Be introduced to the Research for Development Evidence Gap Map through a brief demo
- Have an opportunity to ask questions about the evidence creation and structure of evidence gap maps

This event is part of the USAID Chief Scientist Seminar Series Conversations at the Intersection: Leveraging Scientific Research to Strengthen the Development Evidence Base and hosted by the Research Division in the Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub in DDI.


Dr. Paul Perrin

Director of Evidence and Learning for the Keough School’s Pulte Institute for Global Development and Associate Professor of the practice in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Ticora V. Jones

USAID Chief Scientist, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator and Acting ITR Hub Director, and Managing Director for Research