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VakaYiko’s six month extended partnership with the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) started on Monday with the opening of a three-day training programme on Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) for public sector agencies in Ghana.

VakaYiko, a consortium of five organisations working in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and United Kingdom (UK), has worked to build the capacity of civil servants and staff of parliament in the aforementioned countries in Africa on evidence-informed policy making for the past three years.

The current training introduces learners to the concept of evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) and reflects on the role of evidence in the policymaking process and learners’ contribution to this.

It will also strengthen learners’ existing search techniques by exposing participants to new sources of information and ways of searching.

While the previous training programmes were held in partnership with the Civil Service Training Center (CSTC) and the Parliament of Ghana, the extended programme is ran under the auspices of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

Participants are drawn from the following public agencies across the country: Cape Coast Metroplitan Assembly, Ho Municipal Assembly, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, New-Juaben Municipal Assembly, Nsawam Adoagyiri Municipal Assembly, Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Upper East Regional Coordinating Council, Northern Regional Coordinating Council and Upper West Regional Coordinating Council.

The rest are Electoral Commission, Ghana Education Service, Ghana National Fire Service and Ghana Immigration Service, Prisons Service, Ghana Police Service, Judicial Service of Ghana, Local Government Service Secretariat (LGSS), Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development, Ministry of the Interior, Public Sector Reform Secretariat and Office of the President.

Opening the workshop, Mr Nabanyin Pratt, Acting Dean, School of Public Service and Governance (SPSG), GIMPA, reminded participants of the change the country had gone through in the just ended Presidential and Parliamentary elections and the need for them to adjust to that change both in their work places and in themselves.

He said GIMPA was proud to host the training programme and expressed optimism that the institution would be looking forward to adopting evidence-informed policy making as a full time course in the near future.

The Executive Secretary of GINKS, Mr Inusah Ibrahim, presented an overview of GINKS’ collaboration with its partners in training civil servants and information support staff of parliament, expressing confidence that the VakaYiko partners would receive the same support from the participants.

Faaria Hussain, Programme Assistant, INASP, UK, explained that the course the participants will embark is based on the VakaYiko Toolkit. The Toolkit is a practical suite of resources to support capacity building for evidence use in policy making. It has been developed over the past three years by INASP’s EIPM team working with a wide range of partners and advisers in three countries (Ghana, Zimbabwe and Uganda). The training, she said, has an aim of increasing the capacity of participants by reflecting on their day to day work and the way they use evidence in their role in policy making.

Source: ISD (Sule N. Jotie)