International Symposium on Approaches to Capacity Building for Evidence-Informed Policy Making to be held in Accra

The Symposium, ‘Approaches to Capacity Building for EIPM: VakaYiko Symposium 2016’ comprises eight sessions in which the speakers will share experiences, challenges and solutions to building capacity for evidence-informed policy making.

Session topics include: Taking a Systemic Approach to Getting Knowledge into Policy, Approaches to Building Networks for Evidence Use: Public Engagement and Co-Creation, Evidence Informed Scrutiny in Parliaments, Approaches to Training for Evidence-Informed Policy Making and Contextual Factors Affecting the Use of Evidence in Policy.

The symposium marks the end of a three-year project VakaYiko, working in Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe to build capacity to use research evidence in policy making. It will bring together a broad array of stakeholders, including VakaYiko partners, government ministries, NGOs, think tanks and thought leaders to review current best practices and to demonstrate new and innovative approaches to evidence-informed policy making.

Speakers include: Christine Mafoko Parliament of Zimbabwe Research Department, Cosmas Ochieng African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya, Enrique Mendizabal Peruvian Alliance for Useful Evidence and George Amoah Civil Society Training Centre, Ghana.

The rest are: John Bagonza Parliament of Uganda Department of Research Services, Julius Debrah Ghana Presidency, Leandro Echt Politics and Ideas, Latin America, Mapula Tshangela Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, Mohammed Nyagsi Parliament of Ghana Research Department and Stephen Baguma Uganda National Academy of Sciences

The Symposium will conclude with a public forum held on the last day (6 October 2016) with a special focus on evidence-informed policy making in Ghana. It will be hosted by the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS). The forum will explore opportunities for improving evidence use in Ghana’s policy making processes and promote networking among different stakeholders.

The ‘Approaches to Capacity Building for Evidence-Informed Policy Making’ Symposium will take place on 5-6 October 2016 at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra, Ghana. A public event: ‘National Stakeholder Forum on Evidence Informed Policy Making in Ghana’ will take place on 6 October 2016, 16.00-17.30. The public event is free to attend. Agenda for the public session is attached.

Evidence-informed Policy Making (EIPM): EIPM is the use of evidence in policy making. EIPM capacity building aims to increase the uptake and use of research evidence in policy making.

VakaYiko Consortium: The VakaYiko consortium is a three-year project (2013-2016) involving six organizations working in four countries: Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Work in a fourth country, Uganda, started in late 2015. This project is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme.

The Consortium is led by International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), with Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Human Science Research Council (HSRC), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Parliament of Uganda and Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) as partners.

Source: Government of Ghana.