Policy is a process, not a product.
With each development success comes a new wave of challenges. Great strides have been made toward getting all children enrolled in primary school, but the next problem to tackle – getting them to actually learn – is much more complex. Many countries have introduced tough limits on air pollution to protect citizens’ health – but creating the right incentives to achieve actual compliance is difficult.
Addressing finer policy challenges requires a new, embedded, self-correcting process that produces and integrates evidence as it develops and implements new policies.
In each of our policy-research engagements, we at EPoD are guided by the six steps of Smart Policy Design & Implementation:
- IDENTIFY pressing policy problems
- DIAGNOSE underlying causes
- DESIGN high-potential and feasible policy solution
- IMPLEMENT and monitor proposed solutions on the ground
- TEST high potential solutions with rigorous evaluation
- REFINE solutions based on continuous monitoring & feedback
Each of the SPDI stages incorporates both economic theory and rigorous evidence. Throughout the cycle, we build the capacity of policymakers to systematically apply evidence—through dialogue, training, support for innovation, and interactive tools employing data visualization.