Launch of Evidence-informed policy-making course
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Accra, October 1st 2014 - Evidence-informed policymaking has been a subject of international discussion over the past decade and development efforts are being channeled into assisting governments, especially of developing countries, to pursue policies that are based on research evidence. The routine use of research evidence to inform policy making requires at least three factors to be in place;
1. Individuals with the skills to access, evaluate and use research information
2. Processes for handling research evidence in policy making departments
3. A facilitating environment that identifies and responds appropriately to research uptake needs.
The VakaYiko Programme in Ghana aims to create an impact of better formulated and implemented policies and processes as a result of increased access, evaluation, scrutiny and use of research evidence.
VakaYiko is a Consortium involving five organisations working primarily in three countries: Ghana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Vaka is Shona (Southern Africa) for 'build' and Yiko is Dagbani (Ghana) for capacity. Together, these words depict the specific goal of the programme, which is to increase the capacity of policy makers to respond to research uptake needs. The project is funded by DFID under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme.
Today, the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) together with the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) and the Office of the Head of Civil Service (OHCS) is happy to announce the official launch of the Evidence-informed policy-making course. This course provides participants with the skills to respond to time-sensitive requests for information and evidence to inform public decisions. It is a two weeks course starting in April 2015 and it is targeted at officers who inform the everyday decisions of Directors and Heads of Departments as well as officers who provide policy recommendations to government.
Application is open from today 1st October 2014 and closes on 14th of November, 2014 at 5 pm. Further details on this course can be found on the CSTC website, http://www.cstc.getafricaonline.com.