The Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) program is a collaboration between Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard University and the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), designed to encourage evidence-based decision making among policy actors in the fields of economic and social development. Through its multi-pronged approach, BCURE aims to promote a shared recognition of the value of evidence across policy networks, and to build the technical and institutional capacity to integrate data and research in policy formulation and implementation. Using findings from an ongoing comprehensive assessment of the factors which constrain the use of data and research evidence, BCURE works to systematically address these constraints through a suite of activities.
Assessment: BCURE’s ongoing assessment program maps the policy process to determine where data and evidence can make inroads. Policy vignette assessments shed light on how the traits of policy actors and the characteristics of information impact evidence use. Additionally, training needs are assessed by surveys of target cohorts complemented by interviews and focus groups, to elicit information on decision-making contexts, barriers to evidence use, and capacity constraints.