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INASP’s VakaYiko grant scheme aims to increase use of research evidence in policy making

News for Argentina, Peru, Sudan

July 16, 2015

Tags: EIPM

The evidence-informed policy making (EIPM) team at INASP has announced the recipients of a second round of EIPM grants. The grants scheme supports individuals and organizations working in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to increase the use of research evidence in policy making.

Funded by DFID and managed by INASP, the grant scheme was developed with the aim of identifying and sharing new and effective approaches to strengthening research use. Updates on the work of grant recipients will be published on the INASP website. The three grants awarded in the second round add to the five projects already supported by this grant scheme, across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The latest grants have been awarded to:

Universidad del Pacifico, Peru

In Peru, Universidad del Pacifico is working to promote the Alliance for Use of Evidence in Peru (Alianza Peruana para el Uso de la Evidencia), which aims to feed into the debate on evidence-informed policy in Peru. INASP is supporting the Alianza to host two public events with policymakers from various ministries, and a series of meetings involving researchers and policymakers. It is hoped that the spaces will provide an opportunity to share ideas and experiences, and to trigger a demand for courses and trainings in this area.

Gender Centre for Research and Training (GCRT), Sudan

The Gender Centre for Research and Training (GCRT) in Sudan is working to strengthen the use of data and research evidence in policymaking, particularly in relation to gendered policies. Through a series of training workshops informed by focus group discussions, as well as a public conference bringing together policymakers, journalists, researchers and civil society and grassroots organizations, the GCRT plans to train policymakers from ministries and facilitate discussions surrounding the use of evidence in decision making.

Politics and Ideas (P&I), Argentina

Politics and Ideas is leading a study with the goals of detecting windows of opportunity for researchers and policymakers to better interact and informing the design and delivery of capacity building efforts in this area. The study will build on existing literature and experiences from organizations and individuals working in this area in different regions, and will result in the development of an analytical framework and emergent practices guide.

Further information

The VakaYiko Consortium is a three-year project working in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe to build the capacity of policy makers to access, evaluate and use evidence in policy making.

The consortium is led by INASP’s EIPM team and involves five organizations: INASP, ODI, the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) in South Africa and the Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET).

The VakaYiko project is funded by DFID under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme.

For more information about the grants, please contact Shahenda Suliman.

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