The VakaYiko Consortium aimed to strengthen the use of research evidence in policy making in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The project ran between 2013–2017 and was funded by the UK Department for International Development under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme.
We worked with The Ghana Information Network For Knowledge Sharing and the Civil Service Training Centre to develop and embed a new training programme for civil servants
We worked with Parliament’s Department of Research Services and Institute of Parliamentary Studies to strengthen staff skills for evidence use and expand Parliament’s relationships with the local research community.
We worked with Parliament and two ministries to train public service staff and ran a series of policy dialogues and knowledge cafes that brought together policymakers, the public, academics and the media.
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We worked with the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Human Sciences Research Council to develop organisational tools and processes for finding, handling and using evidence.
We have published reports, case studies, blogs and news articles. Here are a few highlights:
- Approaches to developing capacity for the use of evidence in policy making
- Conceptual framework: Knowledge into policy: Going beyond 'Context matters', Politics and Ideas
- Policy paper: Knowledge into policy: Going beyond 'Context Matters' Politics and Ideas
- Evidence Informed Policy Making Toolkit