The role of evidence in policymaking in Ghana: a political economy analysis

September 23, 2021
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Research shows that evidence-based policymaking generally results in more effective and responsive policies. But across Africa, lawmakers are faced with a difficult question: what’s the best way to incorporate sound data and research, either generated within or outside government structures, into the policymaking process?

This diagnostic report analyzes the political economy of policymaking and the evidence ecosystem in three sectors in Ghana: economic development, public financial management, and health. The report identifies key opportunities and constraints related to the use of evidence in policymaking in each sector, and highlights the potential for SEDI to deliver politically smart interventions that would increase the use of evidence by policymakers over the next four and a half years.

SEDI is a five-year program funded by the UK FCDO. It is designed to strengthen the use of evidence in policymaking in selected sectors in Ghana, Pakistan, and Uganda, in order to contribute to more effective and efficient decision making.


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Julius Gatune and Richmond Commodore

Economic development:

Robert Darko Osei, Kirchuffs Atengble, Daniel Harris

Public financial management:

Robert Darko Osei, Eric Fosu Oteng-Abayie, Nirav Shah


Kobina Atta Bainson, Ama Fenny, Christian Osei, Anna Rosengren

Overarching advice was provided by Dr Edward Brown (ACET); Daniel Harris, Susan Njambi-Szlapka, Carmen Leon-Himmelstine, Alina Rocha Menocal, and Louise Shaxson (ODI); and Emily Hayter and Clara Richards (INASP).

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