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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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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Why Are Indian Workplaces Losing Women?


Rohini Pande's research is used to examine why India's rate of women in workforce is low & declining. More »

More News
Better information to improve service delivery... Let's Talk Development, August 4
What works? A new way to bring more evidence to development... DevEx, July 31
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