Evidence-Based Policy-making and Implementation (EBPMI) Course
There is increasing pressure on policy-makers to develop more effective policies and to direct and manage resources in more focused and efficient ways. To this end there is growing emphasis on the use of evidence to inform the policy making process. Evidence-informed Policy Making and Implementation aims to use evidence in a more rational, rigorous and systematic manner, in order to ensure that policy processes are effective, make efficient use of limited public resources, have a demonstrable impact, and are carried out in a manner that promotes transparency. This drive towards the use of evidence in policy making and implementation is not without its challenges. After all, policy making occurs within an inherently political environment in which policymakers grapple with multiple social concerns and competing priorities.
Evidence-informed policy making draws on a broad range of evidence to inform the policy making and implementation processes. The Evidence Based Policy Making and Implementation Course is designed to assist strategic leaders and top managers in the public service to access, assess and use evidence to make well informed decisions about policies, programmes, projects and services and to improve government’s impact on society. It is adapted from the University of Cape Town course; designed to assist participants to use evidence to make well informed decisions about policies, programmes, projects and services and to improve government’s impact on society.
On 27th February to 1st March 2018, Uganda piloted their first Evidence Based Policy Making and Implementation course which was an executive course for strategic leaders and top managers in the public service. The course was covered in two days with Facilitators from the Department of Planning and Evaluations (DPME) South Africa, Makerere University and Office of the Prime Minister. The course was well received and appreciated by the Directors, of which more than 80 % attended from the list of invites. In the fourth quarter of 2018, Benin will pilot the course for the first.