VEREDAS
INSTITUTE

The Veredas Institute was created in 2016 to build bridges between the public sector, academia, and civil society by proposing solutions that generate greater access to technical and scientific knowledge in the implementation of public policies.

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The Veredas Institute is a Brazilian nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to bring awareness among public policymakers, universities, and civil society of the importance of evidence-informed policymaking processes. We approach scientific data with knowledge translation tools, adapting communication to people’s needs. We value transparency and believe that policy debates are only possible when every person can understand and develop opinions concerning public matters.

We are part of the World Health Organizations’ Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) since 2016, developing policy briefs and deliberative dialogues.

OUR VISION

We believe that every Brazilian citizen must have their fundamental rights guaranteed. We know the sustainability of this process is only obtained through a shared effort among civil society, universities, and governments.

OUR VALUES

Knowledge and
transparency

Courage to
promote change

Dialogue and
diversity

What Is
“Evidence-Informed
Policymaking”?

Evidence-informed policymaking represents multiple strategies to bring closer the development and implementation of public policies with the scientific and technical knowledge available. To do so is to improve our approach to the key problems in public policies by considering the best available evidence and encouraging researchers to produce studies that focus on these problems.

Where is the
problem?

Nowadays, there is a vast gap between knowledge production and its use among public sector workers. Most of the developed research stays within the doors of universities, never reaching decision-makers and other members of civil society.

What to do?

The debate concerning evidence-informed policymaking proposes different methods and tools to reduce this gap, building bridges to connect researchers, public sector workers, and civil society. That effort comprehends multiple steps, such as mobilizing different actors, identifying, appraising, and synthesizing the available evidence, as well as validating and publicizing the content among civil society. This is not an easy task, and many strategies are being implemented worldwide to bring public policies and evidence together to better face complex social problems.

ACTIVITIES

    • Provision of support in situational diagnosis for teams within the public sector, universities, and civil society organizations to improve the identification and prioritization of public policies problems;
    • Production of evidence briefs to support evidence-informed decision making in public policies;
    • Continuous education (workshops and seminars) on tools for knowing, using, and appraising available evidence for public policies; and
    • Knowledge translation for adapting national and international scientific knowledge to user-friendly displays, available for public sector workers, journalists, and members of the civil society.

Team

Laura dos Santos Boeira

Laura dos Santos Boeira

Executive Director of Veredas. Laura is a Psychologist (UFRGS) and has a master’s in Bioethics (UnB), with experience in the public sector as a Technical Analyst of Social Policies and through engagement in civil society collectives. She is passionate about working in networks and about the intersectoral dimension of public policies.

Davi Mamblona Marques Romão

Davi Mamblona Marques Romão

Deputy Executive Director. Davi has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and a master’s in School Psychology and Human Development from USP. He is a Psychologist and a Specialist in Evidence-informed Health Policy Management from the Ministry of Health/Sírio-Libanês Teaching and Research Institute. In addition, Davi is a federal civil servant at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. He was Research Coordinator at the National Secretariat for Public Safety and also coordinated the Quality of Work Life Program for Public Safety Professionals.

Marcel Henrique de Carvalho

Marcel Henrique de Carvalho

Administrative-Financial Director. Psychologist (USP) with residency in Mental Health (UNIFESP), Marcel is also a Specialist in Evidence-Informed Health Policy Management (Ministry of Health/Sírio-Libanês Institute). He has experience in the federal public sector in the fields of public health, human rights, and mental health.

Vahíd Shaikhzadeh Vahdat

Vahíd Shaikhzadeh Vahdat

Director of Projects and Institutional Articulation. Production Engineer from Escola Politécnica(USP) with a master’s degree in Economic Development from Unicamp in the Economic Development, Space and Environment concentration area. Vahíd worked for two years at the Monitor Group business consultancy, helping companies to make strategic decisions. He then worked for three years in Colombia at Fundación para la Aplicación y Enseñanza de la Ciencia (Fundaex), coordinating a line of action research on strengthening local economies, working especially in the context of rural areas. In recent years he has discussed the limits and possibilities of the territorial approach to development and supported community development initiatives. Vahíd is also a contributor to the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity.

Danilo Castro

Danilo Castro

Communication adviser. Danilo is a graduate in Performing Arts (IFCE), in Journalism (UFC), and also has a master’s degree in Performing Arts (UnB). He is a postgraduate student in Communication and Public Health at Fiocruz Brasília. He is the author of the book “From the theater that we have to the theater that we want”, which addresses the Brazilian Group Theater. In journalism, he works as a press officer, web writer and has experience as a presenter in radio journalism, television journalism, and as a reporter in print journalism. With activities focused on Human Rights guidelines, he is currently a journalism editor at the National Health Council (2017-2019).

Carolina Scherer Beidacki

Carolina Scherer Beidacki

Researcher at Veredas. Carol is a Psychologist, Specialist in Public Policy for equality in Latin America (Clacso) and in Family and Community Health (GHC). As a public policy advocate, she believes in the power of networking and accessible and inclusive language to communicate scientific knowledge.

Gabriela Benatti

Gabriela Benatti

Researcher at Veredas. Gabriela holds a degree in International Relations (Facamp), a master’s degree in Economic Development (Unicamp), and is a doctoral student in Economic Development (Unicamp). Since her master’s, she has been conducting research on public policies and the potential for articulating the complex network of public and private actors in promoting Socioeconomic development.

Ingrid Gomes Abdala

Ingrid Gomes Abdala

Researcher and Project Coordinator at Veredas. Ingrid is a Psychologist (Uece), holds a master’s degree in Psychology, and is also a doctoral student in Psychology (UnB). Since 2015 she has been working with the development, monitoring, and evaluation of public policies, with a focus on the science of prevention. Enthusiastic about innovative solutions to complex problems.

Renata Penalva

Renata Penalva

Researcher at Veredas. Renata is a Psychologist (USP) with a master’s degree in School Psychology and Human Development (USP) and a master’s in Neuroscience and Education (Teachers College – Columbia University). She has experience working in Public Health, predominantly in the Mental Health field. As an advocate for the Public Health System in Brazil (SUS), she is passionate about intersectoral actions and collaborative work construction in the public sector.

Bruno Graebin de Farias

Bruno Graebin de Farias

Researcher at Veredas. Bruno is a Psychologist (UFRGS) with a master’s and a doctoral degree in Psychology (UFRGS). He was a professor at the National School of Socioeducation (UnB) and participated in the management of the Psychology Councils System during his doctorate, articulating bridges between academia, management, and civil society. His fields of research are criminology and human rights, drug policy, and scientific and industrial policy. He believes strategic thinking and evidence-based decision-making strengthen public policies.

OUR NETWORK

We believe that collaborative work is vital to promote great change. These are some of the organizations that support us and inspire us: