COVID-19 created a once-in-a-generation focus on evidence among governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations, many types of professionals, and citizens. This also created an opportunity to systematize the aspects of using evidence that were going well and addressed the many shortfalls, which meant creating the capacities, opportunities and motivation to use evidence to address societal challenge, and put in place the structures and processes to sustain them. Other societal challenges - from educational achievement to health-system performance to climate change – needed a similarly renewed focus on best evidence. The Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges was convened to support people in this vital work.

The Evidence Commission Implementation Council serves as a vehicle for promoting, contributing to and/or leading efforts to implement the Evidence Commission’s 24 recommendations and three implementation priorities. 

  • formalizing and strengthening domestic evidence support systems
  • enhancing and leveraging the global evidence architecture
  • putting evidence at the centre of everyday life.

The implementation council includes many partners from the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END) that spurred the creation of and supported the work of the Evidence Commission.