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Evidence for Policy Design delivered a three-day training course to Asian policymakers on “Impact Evaluation for Public Policy Improvement.” The course, organized in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Citi Foundation, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), took place in Bangkok August 27-29 and was held in conjunction with the “Impact and Policy Conference: Evidence in Governance, Financial Inclusion, and Entrepreneurship” hosted by the ADB, IPA and J-PAL.
The training is part of EPoD’s ongoing commitment to bridging the gap between research and policy. The use of rigorous impact evaluation methods for assessing development programs is increasing, but policymakers require deeper knowledge of these tools if they are to be critical consumers of evidence and apply evaluation findings effectively in their work.
Over 60 policymakers and practitioners from two dozen Asian countries participated in the training, which covered the role of impact evaluation in the policy design process, the strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation methods including randomization, guidelines for assessing evaluations, and frameworks for applying evaluation findings to cost-effectiveness analysis and policy agenda-setting.
Lecturers included EPoD faculty Rema Hanna and David Yanagizawa-Drott, EPoD Associate Director Deanna Ford, as well as Sharon Barnhardt of the Institute for Financial Management and Research, Annie Duflo and Aishwarya Ratan of IPA, and Shawn Powers of J-PAL. Participants discussed the role of evidence in their work and collaborated to complete group case studies.
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