Evidence for Policy Design


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Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School works to improve citizen wellbeing around the world by designing and enabling better policy. We conduct research with policymakers – frequently at scale – to build a direct road to impact. More »


Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE)

A BCURE pilot project sheds light on why skills training programs – which have the potential to raise incomes among India’s rural poor – have shown such low takeup.

Click here to read related coverage in the New York Times.
Click here to read more details on statistics from EPoD’s research on potential participants’ motivations.
Click here to read a BCURE case study on how skilling and gender norms interact in India and Pakistan.




EPoD in Nepal


EPoD will conduct a set of activities in Kathmandu, Nepal in March that range from developing a sustainable model for training local bureaucrats to use evidence, to matching government officials with researchers who can assist them to design and test policy. The events will culminate with a public program Smart Policy for Women’s Economic Empowerment on 23 March featuring international researchers and high-level policymakers from across the region. 
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RSVP to the Public Program here »


Improving Infrastructure Provision

A paper by Rohini Pande (co-authors Sharon Barnhardt and Erica Field) finds negligible long-run economic value of an expensive housing lottery public program in urban India. It is published in January 2017 issue of American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.
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More Publications
Research and Impacts of Digital Financial Services. Working paper, September 2016.

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Getting Women into the Workforce


Rohini Pande says raising India’s low female labor rate requires behavioral interventions that address social norms. More »

More News

For a house to become a home... The Indian Express, Jan. 30
You aren’t alone Delhi... The Times of India, Jan. 16
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