Ehsaas organizes a workshop to finalize its research strategy

Islamabad: A consultative workshop was held here on Wednesday under the auspices of Ehsaas to approve the program’s research strategy and delivery mechanism.

The workshop was chaired by the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Poverty Reduction and Social Protection, Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar.

A draft research strategy was presented for input and has been finalized.

The workshop discussed the outline of a three-year research strategy for Ehsaas that will provide the framework for all research-related activities aimed at improving the effectiveness of wider safety net operations.

Addressing the workshop participants, Dr Sania said: “The Ehsaas research strategy is based on three pillars.

The first pillar is the use of quantitative and qualitative data for insights and evidence so that quick operational decisions can be made on Ehsaas operations.

In this regard, regular program reviews, field observations, spot checks and document reviews (such as audit reports and fiduciary risk assessments), use of data analytics and he use of business intelligence tools on automated digital information pipelines is essential for decision making. .

Real-time evaluations of new programs also help improve decision-making, especially for new programs.

The second category, she said, includes more structured impact, process and formative evaluations that are integrated into various programs.

Dr Sania then continued: “The third pillar of research is where Ehsaas wants to negotiate better partnerships with academic institutions to define its research priorities and expose anonymized data and field operations to create a win-win situation. -winning on both sides. By defining research priorities, Ehsaas will have the opportunity to mobilize hundreds of doctoral and master’s students to carry out research relevant to Ehsaas. “On the other hand, researchers will have access to information and data that they would not otherwise have. This would help bridge information and operational gaps to improve the delivery of Ehsaas,” she concluded.

Participants included Dr. Ashfaque Hassan Khan, Dean and Director of the NUST School of Social Sciences and Humanities; Knut Ostby, UNDP Resident Representative; Omer Bin Zia, Principal Task Officer, Asian Development Bank; Dr Ali Salman, Executive Director, Market Economics Policy Research Institute, Dr.

Aliya, Economist, Quaid-e-Azam University; and Dr. Zahid Asghar, Director of the School of Economics, Quaid e Azam University.

High-level representatives from PIDE, Lahore School of Economics, Asian Development Bank, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Center for Social Policy and Development also participated in the meeting. ‘workshop.

From Ehsaas, Secretary Ismat Tahira, DG Naveed Akbar, DG Noor Rehman and DG Tariq Mehmood were also present on the occasion. The newly created Policy and Research Unit will serve as a focal point to coordinate the implementation of the Ehsaas research strategy.

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