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In their own words: CSTC Trainers Discuss VakaYiko’s EIPM Course
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Ebenezer Rexford Amankwah and Anna Ofori are trainers from the Ghana Civil Service Training Centre who participated in delivering VakaYiko’s Evidence-Informed Policy Making Course. Ebenezer also acted as the coordinator between CSTC and the VakaYiko programme, working closely with GINKS. Nana Gyamfi is a Senior Accountant at CSTC and is also involved in traditional leadership as a chief of his community. He participated in the course first as a participant and has since become a trainer.
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Lessons from the three years of the VakaYiko EIPM programme
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After three years, 11 countries, 1,164 people trained and 26 public engagement events held, the VakaYiko programme has come to an end. Emily Hayter shares some of the successes and things we have learnt. Continue reading

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The EIPM Toolkit: An open resource for practitioners and civil servants in developing countries
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Emily Hayter from the INASP EIPM team explains how the VakaYiko Evidence-Informed Policy Making Toolkit can be used as a resource material by civil servants, researchers and trainers independently, and without any prior training. Continue reading

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Training helps embed EIPM into Ghanaian government practices
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The VakaYiko Consortium has recently concluded a nine-day evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) training course at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra, Ghana. CSTC is the official training centre of the Ghanaian government, offering more than 60 courses to in-service personnel at all levels of the Civil Service. The EIPM course will be embedded within the Centre’s suite of courses, making it available to civil servants across the government in the years to come. Mid-level civil servants play a key role in policy formulation in Ghana. In preparing briefs, memos and reports on a wide range of issues from gender based violence to petroleum smuggling, fisheries policy and telecommunications systems, participants are on the front lines of the process of gathering evidence and communicating it to decision makers. However, as the Head of Civil Service, Nana K. Agyekum Dwamena, said in his opening address, “the analysis that should go … Continue reading

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Why research evidence? Insights from Zimbabwe
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ZEIPNET and INASP recently piloted the first module of VakaYiko’s evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) course with parliamentary researchers in Zimbabwe. The training benefitted enormously from provocative addresses by Mr Willie Ganda, Director of Research Development & Innovation at the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.  Speaking in a personal capacity, Mr Ganda shared a number of insights from his own work and study experience in Zimbabwe and the UK. The Importance of Processes Mr Ganda emphasized the need for institutional mechanisms to fight personal interests which can have an enormous influence on policy. For example, he pointed out that in Zimbabwe, where many policymakers own cattle, the penalties for stealing cows are disproportionately high, even in comparison with violent crime. A cattle thief will automatically be jailed for nine years, while the crime of rape does not carry any mandatory jail term and rapists can get … Continue reading

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Evidence-informed policy making brings challenges and opportunities in Zimbabwe
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VakaYiko consortium members ZeipNET and INASP have recently begun a training programme on evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parliament and the Ministries of Youth and Industry and Commerce. This is part of the VakaYiko strategy to build capacity at individual and systems level, as well as to encourage a broader enabling environment for evidence-informed policy. As the new Programme Manager for EIPM at INASP, I took part in two VakaYiko pilot trainings recently in Harare led by ZeipNET. It was great to meet our partners at ZeipNET and hear first-hand about the EIPM environment in Zimbabwe. Developed jointly by INASP and ZeipNET, the EIPM course will build on participants’ experience to develop practical strategies to gather, assess and synthesize robust evidence to inform policy development. The needs assessments and sensitization workshops had already given the team an initial picture of some of the challenges government researchers … Continue reading

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