VakaYiko: building capacity to use research evidence

September 2013 to September 2016

The VakaYiko Consortium is a thee-year programme working primarily in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The programme is based on the assumption that for research evidence to be routinely and effectively used in policy-making, at least three factors need to be in place: individuals with the skills to access, evaluate and use research evidence; processes for handling research evidence in policy-making departments; and a facilitating environment that identifies and responds to research uptake needs.

To address these factors in the three countries, VakaYiko aims to:

  • Build the skills of new and existing policy-makers by developing, delivering and embedding courses in evidence-informed policy-making at the civil service training college in Ghana and in key ministries in Zimbabwe.
  • Develop organisational processes that enable policy makers to articulate their research needs and use research more effectively by adapting tools tested and adopted for use in Whitehall to the more resource constrained environment of South Africa.
  • Build the capacity of consortium members to respond to future research uptake needs.
  • Identify what works, when and why in building capacity for research use in developing countries by piloting new approaches and sharing learning.

Consortium members are: Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS), Zimbabwe Evidence Informed Policy Making Network (ZEIPNET), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP).

The programme is funded by DFID under the Building Capacity for Use of Research Evidence (BCURE) programme.

Outputs

Evidence and policy in South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs

Research reports and studies | November 2016 | Alf Wills, Mapula Tshangela, Narnia Bohler-Muller, Ajoy Datta, Nikki Funke, Linda Godfrey, Bongani Matomela, Gary Pienaar, Nedson Pophiwa, Louise Shaxson, Wilma Strydom and Ke Yu
This report explores organisational factors that shape evidence-use by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs in policy making, implementation and monitoring.
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Evidence-informed policy-making toolkit

Toolkits | June 2016 | Alexander Ademokun, Annelise Dennis, Emily Hayter, Clara Richards, Laura-Elena Runceanu, Shahenda Suliman, Maria Kovacs, Jan Liebnitzky and Caroline Cassidy
This toolkit is for mid-level civil servants in developing countries, to build their skills and knowledge for evidence-informed policy-making.
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