With years of experience in the promotion of evidence uptake for policy making, the founder of PACKS Africa had come to appreciate prevailing challenges within the policy-evidence interface in Ghana. Among the identified challenges were;
- those related to the required skill-set by individuals working in policy-making institutions for the access, evaluation, synthesis and communication of evidence
- those related to access to evidence, including inaccessible information resources, unfriendly data formats, etc.
- and those related to individual, organisational and system-wide culture and attitudes that inhibit the use of evidence
From this background therefore, the idea was conceived to complement existing efforts at promoting the use of evidence, but from the perspective of knowledge management and information systems research. PACKS Africa was registered in Ghana on 2nd March 2017 as the Centre for Knowledge Management and Research, operating as a company limited by guarantee.