Deadline: 6 June 2016
The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) invites research teams in developing countries to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for undertaking a randomized control trial (RCT) from late 2016 to 2018. The evaluation should target new programmes or Development Policy interventions, extensions and modifications of existing programmes, or existing programmes allowing random allocation of new beneficiaries.
PEP is interested in evaluations related to the following themes:
- youth employment,
- women’s economic empowerment,
- entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, and
- productivity in rural sectors.
4 teams will benefit from a “PEP support grant” which includes scientific support from a PEP-mentor, financial support up to $100,000, as well as various subsidies for participation in a PEP meeting, a working paper, dissemination activities, and more.
- All team members must be developing country nationals and reside in a developing country during the full course of the project. In addition, the lead researcher should have an institutional affiliation which is willing to serve as the host for the proposed research and receive funds for field activities.
- University-level training in economics or equivalent experience is required.
- Researchers are expected to have at least one peer-reviewed working paper at the end of the project cycle. This paper should comply with technical and ethical standards used in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. JDE and AEJ) and shall be considered for submission to a journal with minor formatting and fine-tuning. The final working paper and journal article will be co authored with PEP mentors if the team requires significant help on research design, survey elaboration, and writing up the report.
- All information sources used for the project must be documented. PEP treats cases of plagiarism very seriously; transparency and fairness are considered fundamental research values.
- The research teams must clearly demonstrate their capacity to evaluate a policy intervention or programme with the following attributes:
- Interest in evaluating a relevant programme or intervention
- It is possible to randomize access to the intervention
- The research team has technical capacity to collect quality data
- There is potential for data analysis and capacity building
How to Apply
Applicants are required to submit EOIs through an online process.
For more information, please visit PEP.