Capacity Building

Capacity Building

Promoting a culture of evidence through training and policy engagement.

Promoting a culture of evidence through training and policy engagement.

EPoD’s capacity building work increases policy actors’ skills and motivation for using evidence in decision-making.

We engage policymakers in activities that make evidence relevant to them – thus increasing demand for data and research. In addition, we work with organizations to build tools for systematic evidence use. 

Our initiatives include: 

  • Capacity building courses targeted at different levels of decision-makers, including a “Training of Trainers” approach for scale and adaptability.
  • Policy dialogues, which bring together researchers, policymakers and other key stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to jointly-identified policy problems.
  • Pilot projects, in which we collaborate directly with policy actors to design and implement data-driven solutions.

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Article|March 17, 2021

EPoD & HKSEE welcomed 70 African Development Bank economists to a new COVID Recovery & Response course.

Article|April 1, 2020

Does group collaboration lead to better decision making for South Asian civil servants?

News|March 24, 2020

EPoD remains committed to promoting evidence-based policies & teaching practices around the world.

Video|March 19, 2020

Listen to EPoD faculty describe how our capacity building work helps promote evidence-based policymaking worldwide.

Article|February 20, 2020

A practical step towards bringing academics and policymakers together is simply starting a conversation in the same room.

Article|October 9, 2019

The BCURE training sessions serve as laboratories to understand how groups collaborate on learning.

Article|July 11, 2019

The Spring Issue article features interviews with Rema Hanna, Asim I. Khwaja, and Charlotte Tuminelli. 

Article|November 26, 2018

Blockchain, AI, and other new technology can enhance banking for the poor, but only if it suits customer needs.

EPoD builds the capacity of decision makers to use data and research through courses that apply cutting-edge pedagogy such as blended-learning, problem-based group sessions, and case teaching. Our courses cover topics like evidence-based leadership, impact evaluation, data systems, and policy/program design.

Click here to download EPoD’s brochure, "Training policymakers in the use of data & evidence."


EPoD trains participants to lead evidence-driven innovation in their domains.


This week-long Executive Education course gives professionals a front-row view on the latest research on innovations to bank the unbanked.


EPoD faculty regularly teach semester-long courses to current and future policymakers participating in degree programs at HKS.


EPoD employs a blended learning model to teach practical skills for using data and research.

Crowd-sourcing knowledge can spur policy innovation. Our policy dialogues bring together researchers, policymakers and other key stakeholders to develop solutions to policy problems using the SPDI framework, build consensus on critical issues, and cultivate future policy-research engagements.

Past dialogues have brought together representatives from politics, government, the private sector, civil society, military, media, and academia.

Explore some of these past dialogues below.

To support a demand-driven approach to evidence-based policy, EPoD has worked with policy actors on  high-potential ‘proof of concept’ pilot projects which demonstrate the value of data and evidence through hands-on capacity building. Pilot projects create innovative and effective ways for policy actors to apply data and research evidence to improve their decision making.

Pilot projects bring together policy/program teams and researchers to facilitate collaborative and active learning while demonstrating the practical value of data and evidence for policy decisions. In the past, EPoD’s pilot projects have helped answer questions across varied policy areas, including environment, health, human capital investment, tax collection, auditing delivery of government services, crime prevention and social protection programs. Our case studies, below, tell the stories of these collaborations.