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.

Contact us at EPoD_Training@hks.harvard.edu to learn more about ways to be involved!

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Article|October 12, 2018

EPoD offers the Rethinking Financial Inclusion course at the Kennedy School for the fifth time on October 14-19, 2018.

News|October 1, 2018

Interested in improving your ability to assess evidence in decision-making? Click to learn more.

Article|August 8, 2018

Continued capacity building through LBSNAA integration of EPoD trainings. 

Video|April 24, 2018

Mr. Khan used evidence to improve rent collection in his job after attending an EPoD training. 

Video|April 24, 2018

Mr. Menon signed up his colleagues for EPoD trainings after experiencing the impacts in his own job. 

Video|April 24, 2018

Mr. Mansoor discusses how an EPoD training changed his attitude about using data in policymaking.

Article|March 23, 2018

Researchers from EPoD and across Harvard convened with Saudi educators and civil servants to discuss education reform.

Article|August 23, 2017

On June 6, 2017, EPoD hosted a Global Dialogue event titled “Building Capacity to Act on Evidence: What Does It Take?”

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."

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

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

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

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

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.