EGAP Newsletter: December 2016
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Welcome to EGAP's first newsletter! This email will give you a quick update on EGAP's activities, feature a couple of useful EGAP research tools, and preview the upcoming EGAP events and deadlines. If you have any questions or would like to see a certain topic covered in future newsletters, please email:
Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) is a cross-disciplinary network of researchers and practitioners which is united by a focus on experimental research and is dedicated to generating and disseminating rigorous evidence on topics of governance, politics, and institutions. We seek to forge partnerships between researchers and practitioners committed to understanding the politics of global development, advance evidence-based policy making, and improve the quality of empirical research in the social sciences.
EGAP 18: Yale University
On October 14-15, 2016, 45 EGAP researchers and institutions convened in New Haven, CT for a plenary EGAP meeting. The largest EGAP meeting to date, the guest list featured a large contingent of new members. The agenda covered 6 papers on topics from Community-Based Development in Ghana to the effects of social contact on prejudice and discrimination in Nigeria. The group also discussed 3 research designs examining the relationship between ideology and the Chinese labor market, performance-based health financing in Cameroon, and the role of conspiracy theories in disease outbreaks. Additionally, institutional members pitched case studies to spur a brainstorming session on integrating quantitative design studies in program evaluation.
New Members
EGAP welcomed 56 new members into its research network: 47 experimental researchers and 9 institutions active in research and policy. The researchers are based at 31 universities and research institutions spread over 10 countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Our new institutional members are based in 5 countries: Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Venezuela. For more information on our members, please visit here.
Members can utilize this tool to initiate EGAP's peer response process to gain critical feedback, edits, suggestions, and critiques on their research from fellow EGAP members with expertise on the topic. The Chair of the Peer Response committee will contact you within one week of this form being submitted to schedule a peer response session. Between two and three EGAP members will serve as the reviewers in the session. Learn more here.
Are you considering doing an RCT? Any interested institution is welcome to utilize the Research Design Tool as an assist to developing a RCT. This tool will help you obtain the information necessary for deciding whether an RCT is the best route for addressing your evaluation. After you submit the form, you will receive a PDF with the questions and your responses, which can feed into a first draft of an evaluation design document. Learn more here.
Metaketa Initiative
The Metaketa Initiative is a grantmaking model for coordinated clusters of studies that work with governmental and non-governmental partners to support integrated research projects capable of addressing larger-context questions. An unusual feature about these grantmaking rounds is that they do not aim for innovation as the primary goal but focus largely on the consolidation of knowledge. A Metaketa (the Basque word for “accumulation”) is a coordinated, multi-site, research grant round designed to foster knowledge accumulation.
Upcoming Deadlines
Metaketa calls for proposals are open to both EGAP and non-EGAP members. Researchers and professionals from any particular region, discipline, or stage of career are welcome to apply.
Metaketa IV: Conflict – Request for Proposals
Deadline: January 4, 2017

EGAP is soliciting proposals for field experiments that seek to assess the effects of community policing programs to build citizen trust in and improve the effectiveness of police services. This Metaketa round is funded by the UK's Department for International Development and invites studies that address the central question of how to build trusted and effective police services in contexts where the legitimacy of the state is challenged with two or more experimental treatment conditions. A common arm, to be rolled out in a consistent manner by all supported projects, should implement a community policing program consisting of two components: (1) a community engagement program to solicit information on community problems from citizens and transmit information about police programs to citizens; and (2) a problem-oriented policing program, in which police address problems identified through community engagement programs directly with small, dedicated budgets and/or indirectly with the assistance of other public and private agencies. Awards will range from $150,000 to $250,000. Learn more here.
2017 Learning Days
EGAP Learning Days consist of workshops for principal investigators, or future principal investigators, based in the Global South and focus on critical aspects of impact evaluation designs. The workshops are led by EGAP researchers. Applications are open to young professors, post-doctoral fellows, PhD candidates, or policymakers that use or seek to use experimental methods in their research.

Learning Days Abu Dhabi, UAE
January 3-5, 2017

The Working Group in African Political Economy's (WGAPE) is hosting an event at New York University, Abu Dhabi to discuss and expose scholars to the newest tools in political economy of Africa. EGAP is cosponsoring the Learning Days to support PIs in developing experimental research designs. It consists of workshops focused on critical aspects of impact evaluation designs or experimental interventions and workshops to assist participants with their own research designsWe invite young professors, post-doctoral fellows, PhD candidates, or policymakers (in charge of the design and/or impact evaluations of public policies) from Africa that use or seek to use experimental methods in their research to apply. More information can be found here.

Learning Days Malawi
February 13-17, 2017

EGAP, in coordination with Invest in Knowledge (IKI), is organizing a Learning Days workshop for principal investagators (PIs) based in Africa. This five-day event aims to spread the concepts and tools of experimental methodology for social science research. The workshop will cover sessions on key aspects in the design of experimental impact evaluations, presentations of experimental research, statistical exercises (with and without statistical software), and individual advisory sessions for participants to work on their own research designs. Key topics include causal inference, hypothesis testing, randomization, power, average treatment effects, non-compliance, and more. More information can be found here.
2017 EGAP Meetings
EGAP meetings are an opportunity for both researchers and institutions to workshop papers and research designs on experimental research, discuss new methods of experimental designs, hear how institutions are applying experimental research to their work, and network with fellow EGAP members. EGAP meetings are open to members. The final EGAP guest list for each meeting is determined by the planning committee.

EGAP 19, March 3-4, 2017
Paris, France
Host: Daniel Rubenson, Sciences Po, Ryerson University
Theme: Institutions & Governance. Good governance has long been seen as an important driver of economic growth and well-being. With the endorsement of the SDGs at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015, good governance was fundamentally established as a development goal in itself. In particular, SDG 16 recognizes the connection between good governance and “effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” This workshop aims to explore the different ways that effective institutions can be implemented, evaluated, and built upon in an effort to understand how good governance can be achieved. Papers and designs on other topics may also be presented. More information can be found here.

EGAP 20, May 5-6, 2017
Bogotá, Colombia

Hosts: Juan Vargas, Universidad del Rosario and 
Andrés Moya, Universidad de los Andes

Theme: Elections & RepresentationElections are often the most concrete opportunity that citizens have to shape the state that governs them. Despite this, they too often result in the elevation of candidates that are not (or are not felt to be) representative of the electorate's many ascriptive dimensions. In recent years, researchers have applied rigorous methodology to drill down into the reasons for this dissonance, and to explore solutions to complex questions surrounding the interactions between voting incentives, social demography, and electoral outcomes. This workshop will serve as a forum to highlight this research and to discuss future work aimed at understanding political accountability and the role of identity in voting behavior and political representation. Papers and designs on other topics may also be presented.

EGAP 21, October 13-14, 2017
Park City, Utah, USA

Host: Dan Nielson, Brigham Young University 
Theme: Annual Plenary

EGAP is funded by the UK Department for International Development and the Hewlett Foundation, amongst others.
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