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


In March, EPoD conducted a set of activities in Kathmandu, Nepal that included developing a sustainable model for training local bureaucrats to use evidence. EPoD held a public program Smart Policy for Women’s Economic Empowerment on 23 March that featured international researchers and high-level policymakers from across the region. 
Read about the dialogue event here »
Read more on women's empowerment 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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Maharashtra Has India’s Worst Air Quality Index, Not Delhi


EPoD's working with MPCB to launch innovative five-star rating system to measure pollution. More »

More News
Pakistan’s police departments build data infrastructure to benefit citizens... data4sdgs.org, May 15
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