LSECan evidence really drive development policy, or do power and politics always trump in the end?  Join experts from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), The Asia Foundation (TAF), ActionAid, the London School of Economics (LSE), Tufts University, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the University of Manchester for a day of debate, discussion and workshops on the evolving and contested role of evidence in development policy.

This one-day conference is structured as a solution-oriented conversation between researchers, practitioners and policymakers working at the intersection of evidence and policy.  We’ll discuss examples from the ongoing research collaboration between the LSE’s Justice and Security Research Programme and The Asia Foundation, examining how TAF uses Theory of Change as a planning tool and entry point for better use of evidence in their work in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines,  Timor-Leste and beyond.

The one-day conference will take place on Tuesday, 2 July 2013 from 10:00 to 17:30, in the London School of Economics’ Hong Kong Theatre (Clement House).

Admission is free and open to all but advance registration is required.

Confirmed participants include Alex de Waal (World Peace Foundation and JSRP Research Director), Chris Whitty (Director, Research and Evidence Division, DFID), Tom Parks (Regional Director, Conflict and Governance, The Asia Foundation), Zaira Drammis (International Head of Evaluation and Accountability, ActionAid), Rachel Slater (Research Director, Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, ODI), David Hulme (Consortium Director, Effective States and Inclusive Development, University of Manchester),  and many more.

Join fellow researchers, practitioners and policymakers for a day of discussion and learning on how cross-disciplinary teams can collaborate to foster a stronger evidence base for future policy and programming.  The full conference programme is available here. Date and location details are below:

Evidence and Power in Development Policy

The Justice and Security Research Programme and The Asia Foundation
Tuesday, 2 July 2013 from 10:00 to 17:30 (BST)
London School of Economics
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
WC2A 2AE London
United Kingdom
Free registration for the conference available here.

Questions about the event?  Contact us via intdev.jsrp [at]

Twitter Accounts of Participating Organisations

Justice and Security Research Programme: @jsrp2
The Asia Foundation  @Asia_Foundation
UK Department for International Development (DFID) @DFID_UK
ActionAid: @ActionAidUK
World Peace Foundation: @WorldPeaceFdtn
The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium: @SLRCtweet