The Evans Policy Analysis and Research Group (EPAR) uses an innovative student-faculty team model to provide rigorous, applied research and analysis to international development stakeholders. Established in 2008, EPAR was the first University of Washington (UW) partnership to provide ongoing rigorous, applied research and analysis to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The EPAR model has since been emulated by other UW schools and programs to further support the foundation and enhance student learning.
EPAR's research and policy analysis is supported by the Agricultural Development, Development Policy and Finance, and Financial Services for the Poor teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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.
EPAR provides an ongoing stream of research and analysis that both meets rigorous academic standards and provides timely responses to emerging questions. Over the past seven years, EPAR has prepared more than 250 technical 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 a large focus on agriculture as well as development policy, financial services, poverty reduction, gender, and measurement and evaluation.
Specific technical reports 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 links between agriculture and nutrition; key gender issues for a variety of crops in Sub-Saharan Africa; country government and donor results measurement systems; gender gaps in adoption and use of digital financial services; and the links between national identity programs and finance, health, and other services.