Evidence for Policy Design practices and teaches the methods of: Smart Policy Design

  • Identifying problems and their underlying causal factors
  • Designing policy solutions based on theory and evidence
  • Testing solutions through rigorous evaluation
  • Refining policy design through monitoring and feedback

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Our affiliates are engaged with public and private in-country partners to design and test policies that improve the lives of the poor. more>

Teaching Smart Design

We teach the Smart Policy Design process and impact evaluation to policymakers, practitioners, and Harvard students. more>

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Economic journals have published EPoD papers on subjects from school reform to gender quotas. more>

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Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to 'bronze age' agriculture

Fake seeds force Ugandan farmers to resort to 'bronze age' agriculture

April 8, 2014

By Francisco Toro, The Guardian
Of the many factors that keep small-scale Ugandan farmers poor, seed counterfeiting may be the least understood. Passing under the radar of the international development sector, a whole illegal industry has developed in Uganda, cheating farmers by selling them seeds that promise high yields but fail to germinate at all – with results that can be disastrous.

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