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Smart Policy and Innovation

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Harvard Faculty Club

20 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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Businesses that use data to drive decision making can build deep connections with their customers, but what about our governments? At a time when the use of fact-based decision making is under threat, hear about the real and dynamic impact of field experiments to drive innovations and impact in the public domain. Smart policy intervention is not just about adding digital interfaces to old ways of delivering services but rather a new way of integrating technology and data purposefully to drive better decision making in governance. Spanning education, workforce skill development, socioeconomic mobility for women, experts from Evidence for Policy Design (EPOD) at Harvard Kennedy School along with Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) have been at forefront of this work in Pakistan.

  • Education: Increased test scores and learning outcomes by about 42% and spurred competition among schools to increase quality.
  • Vocational Training: 3x more likely for a woman to complete skills development course within-village centers, 2x more likely with group transport.
  • Tax Collection: Performance-based incentives to increase tax collection and widen the tax base (40+% in the growth rate of tax revenues).
  • Capacity Building: 200+ entry-level and 1600+ senior bureaucrats trained to use data and evidence in decision making.


Join Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) faculty Asim Khwaja, EPOD Executive Director Deanna Ford, and the Senior Advisor to the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security for the State of Massachusetts, Michael Rybicki.

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