ILO Research Department Training

Guiding evidence-based policy making through research and data

There is a growing consensus among decision and policy makers that bringing high-quality formal data and research into the decision-making process is essential to have effective and efficient policies. Context-specific, accessible and timely data and research area key element of the policy making process. Using robust data and research can provide many insights to guide policymakers, with benefits such as smarter and effective policies. Nevertheless, understanding these tools and methods as well as optimizing them for policy usage present many challenges. Understanding the value of data and research, being aware of its availability, knowing how to get access and critically appraising it before use are primordial skills in this process. The main focus of this training is to build the understanding of the research process and the resultant nuances in generating evidence for participants, as well as equipping them with the knowledge of the fundamental statistics used in developing labor market policies. This training is targeted tripartite officials representing the trade unions and workers, employers representatives as well as government officials from various ministries who are involved in influencing policy such research officers, analysts, advisors, policy makers, statistical officers, among others. These individuals play a crucial role in providing information, analysis and recommendations to guide policymaking and advocacy strategies and support informed debate.