Policy Dialogues

EPoD Professors Rema Hanna
and Asim Khwaja in Lahore

An exciting new area of EPoD activity is our Policy Dialogues.

Each of these events focuses on a pressing policy challenge and gathers a broad set of actors that shape policy discourses and influence decisions – including politicians, government officials and senior bureaucrats as well as representatives of the private sector, civil society, military, media and academia.

Unlike traditional conferences, Policy Dialogues do not simply consist of panels of academics presenting their research. Rather, they are problem-focused forums for debate, frequently using breakout sessions where groups are assigned to work through specific issues.

The focus of Policy Dialogues are: Consensus-building and match-making for future policy research engagements, Incorporating insights from negotiation methodologies, and Facilitating partnerships.

In addition to contributing to a broader culture of evidence, each Policy Dialogue produces specific outputs suited to the topic and task at hand. These can include:

Consensus statements:

Using the body of research evidence, Dialogues can serve to identify areas in need of further exploration, both for the purposes of local application and global understanding.

Policy Dialogue Discussion, New Delhi

Policy Dialogues make up an important component of EPoD’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) program– one of the four main activity areas. Visit our BCURE page to learn more.

Identifying evidence gaps:

Typically in small break-out sessions, policymakers and researchers work to determine the key areas for policy reform and plan new engagements to tackle these challenges.

Outlining priorities of reform:

Either through broad consensus statements with all participants of the Dialogue or smaller break-out groups, we prioritize establishing clearly defined and mutually agreed upon next steps of action.

Previous Policy Dialogues

Smart Policy Design and Implementation 
Country: Pakistan | Location: Lahore | Dates: August 2th, 5th, and 9th, 2016

EPoD, in collaboration with the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) and the National School of Public Policy (NSPP), organized the 6th Policy Dialogue under Harvard's Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) Program. The dialogue focused on the learning and practical application of the Smart Policy Design and Implementation (SPDI) Framework and helped to build synergies between EPOD's training and policy dialogue activities.
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Shrinking Shakti
Country: India | Location: New Delhi | Dates: March 7th, 2016
On the eve of International Women’s Day 2016, EPoD hosted a policy dialogue to highlight the declining rate of women’s labor force participation in India, and what it portends. ‘Shrinking Shakti – Why are India’s women vanishing from the work force?’ was organized under EPoD’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence program, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). 
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Country: India | Location: New Delhi | Dates: April 18-19, 2015

In one of the first events of its kind in India, PolicyHack brought together developers, software engineers, policy makers, representatives from academia, and government partners to work through real-world challenges posed by government agencies and non-profit organizations. Twenty four teams from across the country competed in five different “policy tracks” to create new tools to improve the delivery of government services to the people of India. Read More >

Evidence Based Policy Design for the Saudi Labor Market 
Country: Saudi Arabia | Location: Riyadh | Dates: August 27-28, 2014
Saudi Symposium on Evidence Based Policy Design, August 2014

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labor, Human Resources Development Fund and EPoD co-hosted a symposium in which international researchers joined Saudi policy makers, practitioners, and program implementers in Riyadh to discuss pressing labor market issues. Read More >

Economic Growth and Environmental Protection through Evidence Based Policy
Country: India  |  Location: New Delhi  |  Dates: July 31, 2014

Economig Growth and Environmental Change Policy Dialogue, DelhiThis workshop brought together leading regulators, industrialists and researchers to drive the creation of new environmental policy to meet both goals of economic growth and environmental protection. Sessions covered the frontier of regulation today: Advanced monitoring systems, Information disclosure and Emissions trading. Read More >

Civil Service Reform in Pakistan
Country: Pakistan  |  Location: Lahore, Punjab  |  Dates: March 20-21, 2014

EPoD and CERP co-host Policy Dialogue on Civil Service Reform in Lahore, PakistanAt the National School of Public Policy in Lahore, Pakistan, over 130 participants came together for a two-day dialogue on Civil Service Reform in Pakistan, as part of EPoD’s Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) program. The event promoted researcher and policymaker collaboration by highlighting Asim Kwhaja, Ben Olken and Adnan Khan’s Property Tax Project in the Punjab. Read More >