He said that was the only way the real needs, aspirations, concerns and queries of people could be tackled.


Mr Gbedemah was speaking at a workshop on “Decentralizing development in Ghana - The use of research evidence in development and project planning”, held in Ho.


Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), a non-governmental organisation, organised the workshop on a project that seeks to upgrade the skills of civil servants in Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM).


This comes at the back of a similar training programme organised by GINKS from 27th October to 6th November, 2015 to build the capacity of middle level staff in the Civil Service in Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) in Accra.


EIPM is a development technique that seeks to equip policymakers with requisite skills to enable them use research evidence in policymaking. It attempts to fill the gap between policymakers and researchers.


EIPM forms the basis 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), Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Network (ZeipNET) and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) are partners.


Mr Gbedemah said work of the assemblies was not restricted to assembly staff alone and called for interplay between assembly staff and stakeholders.


He said the situation where many government appointees had no special skills to positively impact on the assemblies' work was worrying.


Mr Ibrahim Inusah, Executive Director GINKS, gave an insight into the operations of GINKS and the VakaYiko project under which the event was being held. He indicated that the project was to get Civil Servants and Local government workers in tune with Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) and to build their capacity to use research evidence in their work.

Mr Inusah said civil servants should know how to manipulate the huge and varied information available online to improve corporate and individual performance.


Kirchuffs Atengble, the Project Coordinator, said the import of the project was to make civil servants relate research evidence to development projects.


Mr Felix Adom Boateng, an Officer of the Regional Economic Planning Unit of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) said there were plans to link district development plans to national development plans.


Source: GNA/ ISD