Evidence for Policy and Action Grant Initiative

Research and Development Solutions received a grant from the USAID Small Grants Program (2011-2013) to make evidence accessible to Decision and Policy Makers in Health. Under the grant we collated and analyzed data on Family Planning and Childhood Immunization and made these analyses available to Government Officials, Donors, Politicians, Media and Communities in the form of policy briefs, working papers and/or evidence based advocacy.

Evidence for Policy and Action Grant Initiative

What we are doing


Working with publicly available databases, research studies and program data to understand how family planning and immunization services are planned, implemented and monitored in Pakistan. Our aim was to engage with all stakeholders to make these analyses available to them and even work with them to answer specific questions when possible.

Our work with stakeholders also included efforts to build Institutional Capacity for sustained Evidence Use in making policy and program decisions beyond this grant initiative. During this grant we worked closely with the Punjab Policy and Strategic Planning Unit (PSPU) and the Knowledge Management Unit (Health Department Punjab). 

Evidence Generation

  • Synthesis of Existing Evidence
  • Secondary Data Analysis
  • Cost Effectiveness/ Utility
  • Assessment and Documentation of Best Practices and Successful Models
  • Program Performance Analysis

Advocacy

  • Working with officials to facilitate uptake of evidence
  • Identify evidence that will support resource generation and performance evaluation
  • Work with Parliamentarians to make actionable evidence about family planning and immunization available to them for potential use in their routine work
  • Understand decision making processes
  • Work with print media to provide evidence based material to develop news and articles