Two research teams received the 2018 PEP Best Practice Award for their research quality and policy engagement achievements during their PEP-PAGE II projects. The winners were announced during the 2018 PEP Annual Conference in Bangalore, India.
Prizes were awarded to the highest-achieving teams in the two methodological groups that have reached the final stage of their research cycle. The PEP Best Practice Awards, established through the PAGE initiative, reward PEP-supported project teams who have made outstanding efforts to engage and link their research with policy and decision-making at home while pursuing the highest standards of scientific and technical quality.
Mustapha Nabli, Chair of the PEP Board of Directors, presented the Best Practice Award for the macro-micro policy modelling group (MPIA) to Wamadini dite Minata Souratié, Farida Koinda, and Rasmata Samandoulougou from Burkina Faso, for their project examining the impacts of “Agricultural policies on women’s employment and income”. Farida Koinda received the award on behalf of the team (pictured right with PEP Executive Director Jane Mariara and Mustapha Nabli).
For the microeconomic analysis (or PMMA) group, the award was presented to Yesuf M. Awel, Jonse Bane Boka, Hiywot Menker, Ajebush Shafi, Eleni A. Yitbarek, and Mulatu Zerihun, for their project providing evidence from urban Ethiopia on “Financial inclusion, gender disparity in risk appetite, and micro and small enterprise performance”. Dr. Luca Tiberti, Research Director for Microeconomic Analysis, accepted the award on behalf of the team, in their absence.
A new objective evaluation process
PEP staff used a new evaluation framework, established under the PAGE II initiative, to identify the winners of the 2018 Best Practice Awards.
PEP developed the innovative evaluation framework to assess the relative performance, progress and effort of each project team. The evaluation framework provides multifaceted and objective data on research quality (including research capacity development) and policy outreach throughout the research cycle. These evaluation areas are in keeping with the ultimate objective of PEP to provide a high-quality evidence base for policy decisions that will favour inclusive growth, poverty reduction and sustainable development (see the PEP impact stories).
The criteria used to assess research quality and capacity development include:
- Category: Research integrity and quality
- Relevance and rigour of research design
- Technical quality and execution of research
- Presentation of research
- General quality of research conduct and professionalism
- Category: Application of new skills, knowledge and competencies in PEP and other research
- New research tools
- New research methods, data collection and analytical techniques
- Team members' individual contributions and opportunities for capacity building
- Policy context analysis
- Development of evidence-based policy recommendations
The performance indicators for policy outreach include:
- Category: Research legitimacy and importance
- Relevance of research in the local policy context
- Initial consultations with stakeholders
- Need of evidence expressed by policy actors
- Incorporation of policy input in research design
- Category: Engagement
- Engagement of relevant stakeholders during periodic consultations
- Engagement of relevant stakeholders in dissemination
- Communication of findings to stakeholders at advisory meetings
- Communication of findings to the public at policy conferences
- Engagement with and communication of findings by local and/or national media
Every indicator is assessed using a combination of 1) information collected through PEP’s sophisticated Monitoring and Evaluation System (M&E) system and 2) performance ratings by each team’s scientific and policy outreach mentors.