Evidence-informed policy making course in Ghana

Members of INASP’s evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) team are currently working with partners in Accra, Ghana as part of the VakaYiko consortium to deliver the pilot of a newly developed EIPM course.

This week has seen the team carry out a peer-review session with trainers at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in preparation for the pilot, which starts on Monday 20 April 2015. The course will run over nine days, concluding on Thursday 30 April, beginning with a discussion of the role of evidence in the policy making process. Training will then move through searching for, assessing, and communicating different types of evidence. Participants for the pilot have been drawn from a broad spectrum of the Ghanaian government, including ministries and parliament. As part of the training, and in accordance with standard CSTC practice, course participants will produce individual action plans at the end of course to guide implementation in their own institutions.

The EIPM course aims to strengthen knowledge and skills in using evidence in policy making, and provides an opportunity for participants to critically reflect on the role of evidence in their own workplaces. This is the first pilot in Ghana and will be delivered by CSTC trainers with support from INASP and the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS).

The INASP website has more information on the event.

Chipo Msengezi, ITOCA

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