VakaYiko has worked for the last three years to build capacity for evidence-informed policy making. During this two-day symposium, participants shared their experiences, reflections and learning from the programme.
The meeting kicked off with a session exploring research and knowledge 'systems' and how they link to policy. The session showed that the complexity of the research to policy system means that there are many more stakeholders that need to join the conversation aside from researchers and policymakers. And often these stakeholders are working in silos.
Session one: Taking a systemic approach to getting knowledge into policy
Building networks for evidence use was a big part of the VakaYiko programme. In session two, VakaYiko partners from Kenya, Uganda, Peru and UK, talked about how we can break down the silos and get stakeholders talking.
Session two: Approaches to building networks for evidence use: public engagement and co-creation
Next, we heard from three parliaments working with VakaYiko: Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe, about the role of evidence in parliament and how they are strengthening systems for evidence use.
Session three: Evidence informed scrutiny in parliaments