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.




Interview with Dan Levy


A Harvard-based group is using a new blended-learning model to enable civil servants to use evidence. The ultimate goal is better government for citizens. EPoD's Charlotte Tuminelli interviews EPoD faculty affiliate, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and Faculty Chair of the Kennedy School's SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) Initiative, Dan Levy.
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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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