In an information technology age, we can no longer afford to approach development programs on a trial and error basis. More and more, donors, key stakeholders, and local communities demand development projects that have proven success track records. Implementation science and evidence-based approach to development are two recent movements that advocate for the integration of empirically-based data to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of development interventions and programs.

The concept of evidence-based approach, first used to designate the use of the scientific method in medicine, has become associated with a range of disciplines from public health to crime prevention. The evidence-based approach refers to the systematic and scientific monitoring and evaluation of the context and impact of interventions. It is a process of gathering, critically examining, and applying information to develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies in order to improve performance, outcome, and the use of resources to achieve that outcome.

Embracing this paradigm, the Payson Center has been engaging in a wide-range of empirical research in areas such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Ethnic conflicts, Transitional Justice, Child Labor, and Human Rights. See our Academic and Service Domains area to learn more about research undertaken by the Faculty, Staff, and Students at the Payson Center.

Recent Research Projects

Economic Impact Analysis on Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Concerning Conflict Minerals

SENACYT: Research and Development in Panama

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