About This Unit
This is a demonstration site for materials taught as part of official training programs conducted by institutions collaborating with the Evidence for Policy Design program at Harvard Kennedy School. The demonstration represents the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence program, which aims to equip policy decision-makers with practical skills and frameworks for effectively applying data and evidence in their work. This site includes excerpts from two of six units that help policy makers and government officials become better consumers of policy-relevant evidence and more effective commissioners of new evidence.
About Evidence for Policy Design
The Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) program at Harvard Kennedy School unites research and practice for smart policy. EPoD works to promote the use of analytical insights, drawn from economics and backed by rigorous evidence, to inform the design and implementation of public policies and programs around the world. Through research, teaching, and capacity-building activities, EPoD equips decision makers from around the world with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand how data and evidence can be used most effectively to achieve policy goals. To learn more about EPoD, please visit us at epod.harvard.edu and follow @EPoDHarvard on Twitter.
About Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence
The Data and Evidence for Smart Policy Design project led by Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) is one of six projects funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) under the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) program. The project constitutes a multi-year engagement in South Asia to build technical and institutional capacity to integrate data and research evidence into policy decision-making.
Through BCURE, EPoD investigates the individual and organizational constraints to using research evidence and data, and works with local implementing partners to systematically address these constraints in each country's context. The multi-pronged and multi-level capacity building approach includes training as a primary activity.
This material has been funded by UK aid from the UK government; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.