Evidence for Policy Design


Policy Research Engagements

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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 HRDF Symposium

On October 25, 2016, Evidence for Policy Design, in coordination with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD+) of Saudi Arabia, hosted a research symposium on Evidence Based Policy for the Saudi Labor Market in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Read about the event here »
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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


Andhra Pradesh Has Highest Number Of Working Women In India, Uttar Pradesh Lowest

Data on women’s workforce participation in India provided by EPoD. More »

More News

Tax Collection and Civil Society... Harvard Magazine, Jan-Feb, 2017 
The Devil is in the Details: The Successes and Limitations of Bureaucratic Reform... Ideas for India, Dec. 9
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