What is EPoD?

What is EPoD?

We 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 priorities with our counterparts – this way, our research speaks to current priorities, and the mechanism for policy impact is built directly into each project. Through large-scale field experiments and cutting-edge analytical methods, we offer concrete steps to improve policy.

Innovative, evidence-driven capacity building 

We equip students, policymakers, and practitioners with the skills to incorporate evidence into policy design and implementation. We do this through classroom and online instruction, including executive education courses, policy dialogues, and collaborative pilot projects. EPoD is 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.


Innovations and Impact


EPoD’s policy research engagements are guided by the six steps of Smart Policy Design & Implementation.


EPoD employs a blended learning model to teach practical skills for using data and research.


Understanding social norms may help improve policies that promote women’s empowerment in Pakistan.

Article|January 12, 2016

Evidence suggests that government transfers to the poor do not reduce employment, as previously thought.