Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) is a team led by Harvard research faculty that brings data and economic insights to the design and implementation of public policies in countries around the world. 

  • Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD)

    We conduct research with policymakers – frequently at scale – so the road to impact is short, direct and built into the project.

Smart Policy Design
Approaching Policy Formulation & Implementation as a Design Challenge
EPoD Smart Policy Design

Identify pressing policy problems
Diagnose underlying causes
Design feasible policy solutions based on theory & evidence
Implement and Test solutions with rigorous evaluation
Refine solutions with continuous monitoring & feedback


Featured Program

BCURE Training in Karachi 2015

Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) program is one of EPoD's flagship initiatives, bringing together a rigorous assessment, online training curriculum, pilot project hub and policy dialogues to increase policymakers' demand and ability to use data and research evidence in India and Pakistan.

Policy Research Engagements

Our affiliates are engaged with public and private in-country partners to design and test policies that improve the lives of the poor. more >

EPoD Publications

EPoD faculty have published in academic journals, contributing knowledge to school reform, health policy, gender quotas and the environment. more >

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in EPoD: as an in-country partner, research fellow, visiting scholar, or donor.
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Teaching Smart Policy Design

We teach the Smart Policy Design process and impact evaluation to policymakers, practitioners, and Harvard students. more >



Can India answer the call? Addressing the gender gap in mobile phone access

December 27, 2017

Amidst these growing gender gaps, the EPoD research team has been examining yet another gap: that of women’s mobile phone ownership and engagement. One might ask, in a world of limited time and resources, why should closing yet another gender gap be added to India’s list of policy priorities? And should the private sector focus on pulling women in as users of mobile technology?


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Answering the call

December 20, 2017

During a public event in Delhi last week (Dec. 14) researchers from Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) presented evidence on the causes and effects of India’s mobile technology gender gap, as well as possible solutions to address it. EPoD co-hosted the event, titled “Answering the Call: Putting the World in Women’s Hands,” with the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) and the Observer Research Foundation, with support from the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at HKS.

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