Knowledge Sharing National Workshop on Parliamentary Research, October 12-13, 2017

  • Publication Date: Fri, October 13, 2017

    The Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) conducted a two-day national workshop on Parliamentary Research on October 12- 13, 2017. The participants of the workshop included Parliamentary Functionaries, Research Officers and Librarians of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Senate of Pakistan, four Provincial Assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtun Khwa, Sindh and Balochistan, one Legislative Assembly of Gilgit- Baltistan and other distinguished members of the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. The workshop aimed at understanding the basics of parliamentary research and increasing collaboration among provinces in unifying the parliamentary research practices across all provinces.

    Parliamentary Research is a specialized service which aims at the development of a Parliament into a centre of excellence through providing timely information and analysis to members of the Parliament. This workshop played an instrumental role in generating ideas towards better research techniques and increased collaboration among researchers from all over Pakistan.

    The two- day workshop comprised interactive sessions between the participants and various experts. On the first day included a knowledge sharing session with the Director Research and I.T Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka and another with the Head of Gallop Pakistan Mr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani in which is discussed the role and significance of surveys and polls. The first session of the second day was conducted by Librarian Bahria University, Mr. Sher Afzal, in which he discussed the growing demand for parliamentary libraries in particular to develop more dynamic and responsive information to the needs of parliaments. Mr. Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka then conducted the Group Work session on knowledge sharing and networking with Academia and Civil Society and Think Tanks. The following session was held by Dr. Muhammad Idrees, Director School of Economics, and Quaid- i- Azam University, Islamabad. He discussed the various types of research methods which can be useful to parliamentary research. The final session was held by Dr. Tariq Rehman, Dean Beacon House University, Lahore, who discussed the ways in which one can ensure objectivity while preparing a research paper.

    The parliamentary research service providers are working in all provinces of Pakistan and facilitate the Honourable Members of Parliament as well as Provincial Assemblies by providing precise, timely and accurate research on the national and international matters at hand. This service can however be improved through better collaboration among research departments of all assemblies, creation of a joint research database and enhanced networking among parliamentary researchers from all areas of the country. The workshop concluded after a feedback session from the participants, the closing ceremony and certificate distribution ceremony.