GRAAM, in association with Cornell University, USA, conducted a sixteen-day Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Workshop at ISEC Bengaluru from 3rd July 2018 to 18th July 2018. The workshop was intended to build capacities in understanding the process and methods of evidence-based policy analysis and program evaluation and strengthen the notion of evidence-based policy advocacy.
Program evaluations are increasingly being used for diverse purposes: strategic learning, transparency and accountability, program design and policy formulation. As the demand for rigorous policy analysis rises, it is important to build the capacities of researchers, analysts and policy actors on both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of evaluation methods while analysing the various policy aspects.
The workshop was attended by a diverse group of 46 participants, comprising both academicians and practitioners, covering eleven states of India. The participants were of various age groups and included policy makers and other policy professionals, members of policy think tanks, researchers, development practitioners and civil society leaders. The workshop drew an excellent positive response and created a stimulating learning environment for the professionals who participated in it. The workshop started with qualitative methods; this was followed by quantitative methods and field immersion. At the end of the workshop, each participant presented his/her work during the workshop and shared experiences.
The workshop was made more interesting through a series of special lectures by dignitaries. The dignitaries were drawn from Government Departments, think thanks, the academia, politics and civil society. These dignitaries included Sri S K Das, Former Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka, Smt. Uma Mahadevan, current Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Karnataka, Mr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman, Public Policy Research Centre, Delhi, Prof. Muraleedharan, Chairman, Department of Social Science, IIT Madras, Dr. Ravindra, former Chief Secretary to Govt. of Karnataka and various others.
The faculties, Prof. Sarosh Kuruvilla, Prof. Arun Karpur and Prof. Andrew Willford of Cornell University, conducted sessions during the workshop. The Founder and Chairman of GRAAM Dr. R. Balasubramaniam also conducted various sessions connecting the quantitative and qualitative aspects to research in policy making. The workshop was well-received by the participants and given excellent feedback.