The faculty, research fellows, staff, and students who make up EPoD believe the best way to foster economic development is to work directly with those who make decisions and implement policy. We engage with policy actors through:
Rigorous, on-the-ground embedded research
EPoD is engaged in deep, multi-year relationships with policymakers and practitioners to design, evaluate, and re-design policy to better serve the poor and other vulnerable groups. We utilize a process of joint identification of policy issues with policy counterparts – this way, our research speaks specifically to current priorities, and the mechanism for policy impact is built directly into each project. Through large-scale field experiments and other rigorous methods, we offer concrete insights to improve policy.
Innovative, evidence-driven capacity building
We equip students, policymakers, and practitioners with the skills and knowledge to incorporate evidence into policy design and implementation. We do this through classroom and online instruction, including executive education courses, by hosting policy dialogues, and by collaborating on pilot projects. EPoD is becoming a hub of innovative pedagogy, using digital methods to deliver the tools and insights of economic research to a new generation of leaders.
EPoD’s Vision: A world where evidence drives continuous improvement in states, systems, and societies for better lives.