The Evans School Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) provides research and policy analysis to support the work of the Agricultural Policies team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
EPAR's innovative student-faculty team model is the first University of Washington (UW) partnership to provide ongoing rigorous, applied research and analysis to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Established in 2008, the EPAR model has since been emulated by other UW schools and programs to further support the foundation and enhance student learning.
This partnership matches the skills and passion of graduate students and faculty at the Evans School with the research and analytic needs of the Gates Foundation's Agricultural Development Initiative. EPAR's research work has touched on issues that are at the forefront of agricultural development and poverty alleviation strategies currently implemented by the Gates Foundation and its partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Over the past five years, EPAR has prepared more than 230 research reports that fall under four categories of support: statistical data analysis and research reports, literature reviews and analysis, portfolio analysis and strategy support, and educational outreach and dissemination. Our reports are diverse in their subject matter and include: analysis of the wheat, yam, sweet potato, and cassava value chain in several African and Asian countries and regions; the environmental implications of various livestock; the agricultural science capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa; and the links between agriculture and nutrition.