Policy Analysis Skills Development

…providing training for policy analysis skills development, Fellowships for enhancing expertise, and workshops to respond to short-term training needs

Training for policy analysis skills development

In many low-income developing countries, the individuals and organisations responsible for negotiations, designing policy and regulatory reforms, overseeing implementation and developing aid-for-trade projects lack the requisite human and institutional capacity, financial resources, and access to relevant knowledge to deliver on their respective mandates. ILEAP's experience in this realm, including via on-going beneficiary consultations, demonstrate that too often the primary source of information and training for key stakeholders in the field (in particular senior public and private sector officials) emanates from workshops, conferences and seminars that range from a few days to a few weeks. While valuable under the right circumstances, they offer the individual inadequate support during the actual process of undertaking their work (e.g. identifying and assessing individual policy or reform options) and providing guidance to decision-makers. Without the policy-research skills needed to translate the myriad of information and knowledge available to them into concrete recommendations, governments are often unable to advance as effectively and quickly as they might otherwise prefer (e.g. in undertaking policy reforms or developing policy-based incentives to address supply-side constraints).

By bringing together research with training in a practical context, ILEAP’s integrated approach to longer-term training for policy analysis skills development facilitates learning-by-doing benefits that can help to address the deficit in the available pool of adequately competent local advisors and experts. This approach is embodied in ILEAP’s Trade Knowledge to Policy (TK2P) training programme.*

TK2P is a holistic process for bolstering the capacity of trade and investment research and policy "practitioners" to become effective champions of evidence-based policy formulation and implementation. It provides an intensive and collaborative professional development opportunity that exposes participants to practical ways to optimize the use of evidence to address a specific trade or investment policy question facing their ministry or agency or government more generally. It also builds on ILEAP's experience with the Fellowship programme.

TK2P involves three core components:

Due to the nature of the activity, engaging with established training partners underpins the programme's success. Doing so also helps to provide a feedback loop to improve higher education and learning programmes, such as Masters in Law and/or International and Development Economics.

* - the TK2P training programme is currently under preparation.