National Think Workshop - Background Information
National Think Workshop
Policy Gaps in the Implementation
of the New Constitution in Kenya
25 August 2011
Call for Papers
The Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) is an independent, indigenous and non-partisan private organisation established in 1994. It is a non-profit body mandated to conduct evidence-based social science policy analysis and research and training, with the aim of improving human welfare. IPAR shares its policy findings with the government of Kenya, its development partners, private sector and the civil society. IPAR is inviting papers for presentation during the Think Workshop.
Knowledge for policy, generally known as evidence-based policy should be based on systematic evidence; that is, research-based evidence. We adopt a very general, though widely accepted, definition of research as ‘any systematic effort to increase the stock of knowledge.’ The value of knowledge in directing policy cannot be overemphasized. Evidence we are dealing with in our particular case, include critical investigation and evaluation, theory building, data collection, analysis, and codification related to development policy and practice. It also includes action research and self-reflection by practitioners orientated towards the enhancement of direct practice.
|Awuor Ponge (in cap) receiving copies of the publication, "2009 Situation Analysis of Children, Young People and Women in Kenya" from Prof. Jackline Oduol, the Secretary in charge of Children Affairs, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development, during the launch at the Sukhi Villa Conference Centre, Maseno University in City.|