Teaching and Training Policymakers

At Evidence for Policy Design, our activities teaching the latest methods of development economics and impact evaluation go far beyond the Kennedy School classroom. One of our central goals is to foster a culture of evidence where the use of rigorous evidence comes to be the norm for a broader set of policymakers, and where the media and the public expect hard data behind all policy decisions. To that end, EPoD conducts short training programs at Harvard and around the world, and we are always seeking out new organizations and venues to host them. Furthermore, EPoD has longstanding relationships with in-country partners such as the Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) in India and the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) through which we conduct a range of activities – advising, training and research – that strengthen local evaluation capacity.

Read about some of our recent training events in Pakistan and Nepal.

Training Executives

EPoD Executive Education

Through Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education program, EPoD offers courses to public and private sector leaders who wish to expand their skills in a highly collaborative, academically rigorous environment. These short courses impart the Smart Policy Design methodology, and they present advances and gather new insights on our areas of focus. Moving forward, EPoD will also begin offering open web-based courses to practitioners around the world. Read More.

Teaching Students at Harvard

Through graduate-level instruction at the Harvard Kennedy School, EPoD faculty are training the next generation of academics and development leaders. We offer a variety of courses and student workshops that teach how to use rigorous empirical methods to inform development and social programs, including Smart Policy Design. Furthermore, our studies serve as teaching cases for classes across Harvard and beyond. Read More

Policy Dialogues

EPoD is working to build consensus for policy innovations based on evidence through policy dialogues on specific issues. Unlike traditional conferences where academics present their research, policy dialogues bring together a wide range of stakeholders for multi-directional communication and problem solving on a pressing policy issue, a new model of participatory learning. Furthermore, policy dialogues present opportunities to match researchers and policymakers on key issues of relevance and interest to foster future collaborative engagements. Read More