After three years, 11 countries, 1, 164 people trained and 26 public engagement events held, the VakaYiko programme led by the Evidence Informed Policy Making (EIPM) team at INASP has come to an end. VakaYiko partners have seen a new Research and Policy Unit established in the Zimbabwe Ministry of Youth, supported Parliament of Uganda’s first Research Week, embedded a new evidence course in a civil service college in Nigeria, and produced a framework for understanding how contextual factors affect evidence use in policymaking.
VakaYiko Symposium 2016: a space for reflection
Earlier this month, INASP gathered 40 VakaYiko partners and stakeholders in Accra for the VakaYiko Symposium on Approaches to Building Capacity for EIPM. Representatives from ministries, parliaments, think tanks, universities and NGOs in 12 countries gathered to share our experience. We discussed everything from evidence for gender policy in Sudan to building networks for evidence informed policy in Peru.
So what have we learned?
VakaYiko aimed to try out different approaches to building capacity for evidence use, across a wide range of country and institutional contexts. Here are five key things we’ve learned—and you can read more in our new report on lessons learned from our programme.
Evidence informed policy making is relevant and important to policymakers in a wide range of political and economic contexts. It’s not only for rich countries or for ‘open’ democratic systems. We relied on trusted local partners with credibility and political savviness to understand how EIPM applies in these different contexts …