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Research Officers from the Ugandan Parliament Build their Capacity in Research, Policy Analysis and the Community Score Card
19-February-2018

Eleven staff from the Department of Research Services of the Parliament of Uganda participated in an eight-day training on Research, Policy Analysis and the Community Score Card. The training which took place form January 29 – February 7, 2018 was coordinated and run by the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs(ACEPA) and funded by the Parliament of Uganda. Legislative research being a specialized field and quite different from general/academic research, requires that the capacity of parliamentary research officers is built on a continuous basis to enable them to meet the needs of parliamentarians.

The training aimed at enhancing the research and analytical skills of Research Staff, sharing best practices on Legislative research and adopting new methodologies of conducting oversight.

Participants were taken through various topics including Essentials of legislative Research; Understanding the needs of MPs as users of Legislative research where they had the opportunity to interact with two MPs from the Parliament of Ghana; Communicating Research Findings; Practice in Writing and Presentation of Research; Data Analysis using Excel and Policy Analysis. The training also introduced the participants to Community Score Cards and the various steps involved in implementing the Score Card. The training adopted an interactive and practical approach which allowed participants to have discussions and work on many practical tasks.

Participants expressed satisfaction with the training programme. They commended the practical approach and the relevance of the training modules to their job. They were also appreciative of the opportunity to interact with some MPs and colleagues from the Research Department of the Parliament of Ghana.