4th EIPM training underway in Accra

Following the successful capacity building workshops for civil servants and information support staff of Parliament on Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM), the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), has started another training programme for the third group of civil servants at the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra.


The workshop started on Tuesday and is expected to end on Friday, 18th March. GINKS had earlier built the capacity of civil servants (April 2015 and November 2015) and information support staff of Parliament (January 2016) on EIPM.


A key component of the training is the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of Action Plans submitted by participants, three months after completion of the training. Action Plans submitted by participants indicate how they intend to implement the knowledge gained from the training at their work places, GINKS then follow-up to measure the level of implementation of the Action Plan.


EIPM is within the framework of the VakaYiko consortium, led by International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), of which Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Human Science Research Council (HSRC), Parliament of Uganda, Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are partners.


GINKS is locally supported by Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC), Office of Head of Civil Service (OHCS) and the Parliament of Ghana.


Opening the workshop, the Vice Principal of the CSTC, Mr Evans Habadah, said the core function of the civil service was policy making, adding however, that policy development starts with a search for information. The EIPM training was therefore to expose civil servants to innovative ways of gathering the necessary information and communicating it effectively.


He added that the EIPM course was designed to give training to all civil servants. But the training is being sponsored by international organisations, therefore it was not possible to get every civil servant trained and urged the participants make effective use of the opportunity given them by sharing their knowledge with colleagues.


The Executive Secretary of GINKS, Mr Ibrahim Inusah, said the VakaYiko consortium seeks to increase the capacity of policymakers in evidence-informed policy making and the effective means of communicating evidence.


He noted that civil servants were critical in policy making and urged the participants to share experiences since they were coming from different Ministries, Departments and Agencies.


Source: ISD (Jotie N. Sule)

Created: 11 March 2016
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