DIWA Builds the Capacity of CSO’s and the Media on the Use of Evidence for Policymaking

By Regina Nortey-Botchway

The 2-Day workshop which took place on the 8th and 9th of April,2024 at the GIMPA Executive Conference Centre, brought together participants from various Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and Media Houses across the country.

The aim of the workshop was to equip participants with relevant tools and skills to deepen their understanding of the role of evidence-based policymaking in national development and collaborate efficiently in their demand for accountability and transparency.

Prof Charles Amoatey, Director of the Development Impact West Africa (DIWA) programme, in his opening remarks, emphasized the need for credible evidence and the creation of collaborative platforms for sharing information and knowledge in promoting evidence-based policymaking. He also stressed on the timely nature of the workshop, which coincides with the period when political parties are preparing their manifestos for the upcoming 2024 general elections.

Through interactive sessions, participants honed their abilities in utilizing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) tools and frameworks like the Theory of Change and the Results Framework to generate reliable evidence that can inform sound policy decisions. They were also taken through the various sources of evidence and the methods for generating and using evidence for policy decisions.

There was a blend of facilitation and discussions, which featured seasoned panelists from diverse backgrounds including; Dr. Nana Opare-Djan, Director, NDPC, Prof. Philip Duku Osei former VC SD- Dombo University, Mrs. Dede Bedu-Addo, Coordinator, Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Forum and Mr. Issifu Tampo, Senior Government Advisor, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA).



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