In the context of UK’s ambitious programme over the next four years that will see Pakistan becoming the UK’s largest development partner, SDPI is conducting the study. As part of this commitment to innovation, DFID Pakistan seeks to ensure that its policies and programmes are based on the best available evidence and understanding.
The study aims at understanding the research and evaluation landscape in Pakistan. Mapping policy relevant research institutions will be an important step to allow policy makers and donor agencies to identify who the major players are, what the major research priorities are and what research is currently being conducted in the country. It focuses on the institutions that either provide research and evaluation to practitioners or policy makers or produce public goods research that specifically targets policy- and practice-relevant issues. The study will also highlight the possibilities and constraints facing the commissioning, undertaking and the policy uptake of research in Pakistan. It is thus expected to cover a wide range of issues related to the political economy of policy research in Pakistan while focusing upon following major themes; education, health, nutrition, Economics/finance/private sector development, governance/politics/political economy, Gender/equity/social policy including social protection, conflict/peace studies, and programme evaluation.