EIPM, a key to credible data Dora Dei-Tumi

To increase the chances of policy acceptability, civil servants, whose core function is policy development, must be knowledgeable in the possible key issues associated with the policy. Unfortunately in Ghana, some policies have not been able to see the light of day, not because they were not formulated but that the basis of the information was porous.

The Principal of the Civil Service Training Centre (CSTC), Mrs. Dora Dei-Tumi, made the point at the closing of a 3rd training workshop on Evidence-Informed Policy Making (EIPM) for a batch of civil servants at the Civil Services Training Centre (CSTC) in Accra on Friday.


The training was aimed to equip policymakers with requisite skills to enable them use research evidence in policymaking. It also attempted to fill the gap between policymakers and researchers.


The 26 participants, who went through the nine-day training, were drawn from 19 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) within the civil service.


Mrs. Dei-Tumi said: “You need evidence-based information to come out with credible data so that policy will be able to stand the test of time,” adding that the training had developed the confidence of the participants to perform their core function of policy formulation.


She added that: “We want to get to a stage where it will be difficult for a minister to justify the need to employ a special assistant in helping in the formulation of these technical things and that is, because the civil servant is well-positioned and very competent in coming out with technical issues.”


Mrs. Dei-Tumi advised the participants to make good use of the intervention by GINKS and the VakaYiko partners by making the training reflect in their work.


The Vice Principal of the CSTC, Mr. Evans Habadah, reiterated the call of the Principal on participants to make a change in their places of work. According to him, that would come from the Action Plans they intend to implement in the various institutions they represented.


The Executive Secretary of GINKS , Mr. Ibrahim Inusah, was convinced that the training was an improvement over the past training since all 26 participants who started the workshop did not only participate to the last day, but also contributed meaningfully.


Mr. Inusah was hopeful that the participants would make an impact, especially, on those who were not fortunate to be selected for the workshop. He acknowledged the support of the facilitators to the success of the course.


For their part, the participants recognized the success of the workshop and the change it had made on them, and therefore recommended that it be extended to cover all civil servants so as to achieve better results.

They also recommended that future workshops should be accompanied with at least one site visit; for instance, visiting the Statistical Service of Ghana (GSS) to acquire first-hand information on how data is collated.

Source: ISD (Jotie N. Sule)

Created: 21 March 2016
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