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.

Learning Briefs

The Ghana report was edited and compiled by Nirav Shah, Anna Rosengren and Richmond Commodore from ACET. It was authored by the following individuals:

Macro-level policymaking:

Julius Gatune

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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