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.

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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.




Evidence-Based Policy Design for the Saudi Arabian Labor Market

EPoD, in conjunction with the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) of Saudi Arabia, hosted a research symposium on evidence based policy making for the Saudi Arabian Labor Market. The event highlighted several rigorous research projects developed through the EPoD-HRDF collaboration, and presented information on upcoming opportunities for research funding.
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Why are Indian children so short?

Co-authored by Rohini Pande and Seema Jayachandran of Northwestern University, this article examines the role that gendered parental preferences play in child stunting in India, a phenomenon which prior research has demonstrated casts a long shadow over an individual's life. It is published in American Economic Review, September 2017 issue.
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More Publications
Moving to Opportunity or Isolated? American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, January 2017

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Which Traffic Policies Work Best for Megacities?


Rema Hanna & colleagues found that it's possible to implement effective traffic-control policies, if city planners study the evidence. More »

More News
The Puzzle of Female Enrollment in Pakistan... The Friday Times, Jan. 26
Some Translation Required... Colloquy, Jan. 25
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