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Given that moving evidence from a study to policy, programs, and practice can often take a decade or more, what is the best way to get evidence into the hands of those developing policies and programs to speed its use? Enhancing the use of evidence in policies and programs through an innovative web-based knowledge platform, What Works for Women: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions, resulted in major changes in National Strategic HIV Plans plus Concept Notes submitted to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 14 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. This paper documents how components of the platform resulted in demonstrable changes in HIV programming for women and girls, as a key resource for the top institutions in the HIV pandemic: PEPFAR, Global Fund, UNAIDS, and civil society organizations. This document presents lessons learned from the creation and dissemination of this knowledge platform that may be useful for many other potential applications to increasing evidence-informed, gender-responsive policies.






The Evidence Project