EPoD India at IFMR, a joint program by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School and the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR), works with policymakers and key partners in India and Nepal through an iterative process of policy design. Together, we identify areas where research and data can make the greatest difference to policy, then engage in a process of designing, testing, and refining solutions to problems often affecting many millions of citizens.
We collaborate on research-policy engagements focused on governance, environmental and energy issues, financial inclusion, and gender equality – using theory, economic frameworks, and evidence to identify effective policies, and help build capacity to implement them.
1. In collaboration with India's central government, we developed tools to democratize data from the world’s largest safety net program, and another app for government officials that leverages digital data trails to expedite direct benefit transfer payments to poor households. Our ongoing multi-state randomized control trial illustrates how this tool’s real-time data system and built-in feedback loops can increase efficiency and improve government accountability.
- Read more about this engagement, and our approach to research-policy engagements, here.
- Read about the role of data in governance.
2. A long-term engagement with the state of Gujarat and researchers affiliated with JPAL South Asia quantified the value of a third-party auditing system in curbing pollution and catalyzed statewide adoption of the evidence-backed policy.
3. We worked with the state of Madhya Pradesh and a major bank to determine how government-to-citizen payments that are paid into women’s own bank accounts, rather than that of the household head, impact rural women’s economic and social lives.
- Read our recommendations, based on this study, on how to improve the government’s financial inclusion initiatives.
- Read about the research here.
- Read about how this engagement is influencing the financial inclusion discourse.
EPoD India at IFMR
T-95 A, CL House, Third Floor
Near Green Park Metro Station
New Delhi, India 110049
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