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CIPR Post-Doc in International Workshops

January 15th, 2015

Together with Shandana Mohmand of the Institute for Development Studies, CIPR Postdoctoral Fellow Don Leonard facilitated a series of research design workshops sponsored by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Practical Action Consulting (PAC). Titled Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA), these workshops promoted “south-south” learning by pairing up 12 research teams from across Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa to conduct policy-engaged research on topics of mutual interest. Themes included the short- and long-run consequences of the informal economy in Colombia and South Africa, the consequences of economic liberalization for communal landholders in Peru and Kenya, strategies for reducing violence against women in Mexico and Ghana, community-based crime prevention strategies in El Salvador and Nigeria, strengthening horizontal accountability across branches of government in Argentina and Kenya, and the identification of pathways to economic diversification for extractive industries in Ecuador and Uganda. During these workshops each team translated their proposals into a research design that addresses problems of causal inference associated with evidence-based policy recommendations. Participating research centers were also introduced to a variety of strategies for establishing causal inference using methods that reflect current best practices in social science research.