ILO Research Department Training

Research Training on Evidence-Based Policy Making for Decent Work

The COVID-19 pandemic and its short- and long-term implications have emphasized the need for greater institutional capacity development of employers, workers and governments. The crisis has highlighted gaps and vulnerabilities in societies which undermine the vision of social justice and decent work. In this light, institutional capacity development becomes only more necessary by providing the constituents with tools and instruments for evidence-based policy making. ILO’s training on Evidence based Policy Making can help to identify and strengthen institutional capacities in order to improve policies.

Evidence-Based Policy Making for Decent Work is a series of trainings conceptualized and organized every year by the Research Department in cooperation with ITCILO. The aim of this training is to build capacities of ILO’s tripartite constituents using case studies, research papers, guidelines, data and information sources for evidence-based policy making for decent work by:
  • Improving skills and knowledge of organization and individuals to use a wide variety of evidence sources to make more effective and just evidence-based policy;
  • Establishing open policy dialogues between government officials, workers’ and employers’ representatives, and the research community to promote the use of evidence in policy making in the area of world of work;
  • Developing a network of practitioners and policy makers of evidence-based policy making to discuss and share lessons on evidence use for promoting decent work;
  • Drafting a policy brief and publish it for influencing policy.
The training prepares participants to become effective decent work practitioners and advocates of ILO’s Decent Work Agenda. The trainings are provided in English, French and Spanish for several regions, coupled with different thematic areas.

The training is learner-centred and highly participatory. It is facilitated by a pool of ILO and ITCILO specialists, practitioners and international experts. Different learning techniques are applied in order to facilitate collaboration and seeking knowledge through experience sharing.

The training is most beneficial for the mid to senior level tripartite officials who are involved in policymaking, policy analysis or advocacy. They could be research officers, analysts, advisors, policy makers, among others. These individuals play a crucial role in providing information, analysis and recommendations to guide policymaking and advocacy and support informed debate. Candidates are selected by the Research Department in consultation with social partners, and ILO field offices.

On the onset of the training, participants will identify a relevant policy question and formulate their major learning goals. Throughout the training, they will use the information from various modules to progressively draft a policy brief on a topic of their interest. ILO experts will provide assistance and guidance during the drafting process. The briefs are then reviewed by experts before publication.

At the end of the training, participants fill out an agreement for the next steps to be taken. Through this document, they will be invited to share their perspectives on how they will use the acquired knowledge. As a result, there will be a follow-up sessions with the participants once every 2 months for a period of one year (via email, phone, in person), to check on their progress.

The planned trainings for 2022/23 are:
  1. International Training on Evidence-based policy making for decent work
  2. South Asia regional training on evidence-based policymaking for building with a human-centred approach
  3. Online Tripartite Training on how to Communicate Evidence
  4. South East Asia regional training on evidence-based policy making
  5. Regional training on evidence-based policymaking (Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Togo)
  6. Latin America regional training on evidence-based policy making for decent work
  7. Pacific islands regional training on evidence-based policy making for decent work
  8. Training on evidence-based policymaking for the African Labour Research Network (ALRN)
  9. Türkiye national training of evidence-based policymaking for decent work
The training team is composed of: Naren Prasad (Head of Training, ILO Research Department), Mustafa Kemal Saygi (Junior Technical Officer, ILO Research Department). For more information, please contact: