Then as part of the Regional Capacity Building on MLE, the two MLE advisors for the Unit embarked on reconnaissance visits to research institutes in Mali and Niger and other universities in Ghana about potential collaboration with ISSER on carrying out Impact Evaluations and MLE activities. We could not go to Sierra Leone and Liberia as originally planned because of the Ebola. The Unit is engaging partners in undertaking Impact Evaluation Studies. As part of this, one of the partners have visited ISSER from Niger and spent a week.

The Unit organized the first regional partners’ workshop, from June 22 – 26, 2015. The purpose of the workshop was to;

  • undertake a recap of the reasons for the type of research design that was being used for the various projects that were currently being jointly collaborated on
  • discuss some aspects of data and results that needed further analysis
  • discuss possible future collaborations in evaluative research

The workshop was attended by 13 participants representing Research Partners from Institutions such as National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD,Burkina Faso),  Groupe de Recherche en Economie Appliquee et Theorique (GREAT, Mali) , World Cocoa Foundation (WCF, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire), National Root Crops Research Institute (Nigeria), Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN, Niger) and the University of Development Studies (UDS, Ghana).

The resource persons for the workshop were Prof. Felix A. Asante, Director of ISSER, Dr. Robert Darko Osei, (former MLE Advisor), Dr. Isaac Osei-Akoto (MLE Advisor) and Prof. Chistopher Udry, a professor at Yale University with extensive research in Impact Evaluations in West Africa (the biographies of the resource persons are attached in the Appendix). On the whole, the workshop was very successful and we look forward to engaging partners in undertaking Impact Evaluation Studies.