We address today’s most important questions in the fields of governance and politics.

Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) is a global research, evaluation, and learning network that promotes rigorous knowledge accumulation, innovation, and evidence-based policy in various governance and accountability domains.

Improving the quality of empirical research in the social sciences,
since 2009.

EGAP Member Countries

EGAP’s work is centered around four thematic areas:

Institutions & Governance

Our work examines government performance and accountability towards constituents.

Mitigation of Societal Conflict

We work to understand the root causes and consequences of conflict to reduce violence, support conflict prevention, and design post-conflict policy.

Reducing Poverty & Inequality

Our research examines the underlying political, economic, and social contributors to inequality and poverty.

Elections, Representation, & Political Participation

Our work examines citizen engagement in politics and government.

Our approach to research

EGAP members conduct research designed to assess the causal impact of governance innovations. Researchers use a variety of methods including randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and natural experiments to justify causal claims. Many members complement these research designs with qualitative, descriptive, and other observational methods.

EGAP advances evidence-based policymaking.

Linking Research and Practice


EGAP members provide early stage research design feedback to one another, share research findings with policymakers and practitioners, and help institutions improve evaluations of governance innovations.
Policy Briefs

Increasing Researcher Capacity in the Global South

EGAP runs activities aimed at providing methodological training and support to principal investigators in the Global South who might not have access to training and the most up-to-date research resources.
Learning Days

Improving Methods and Standards


EGAP members are at the forefront of developing and disseminating new methods for rigorous quantitative research. We support their work towards answering complicated methodological questions and sharing best practices.
Methods Guides

Addressing Challenges of Scientific Credibility

Policy is often based on the results of one influential study that took place in a specific context. To improve upon this, EGAP coordinates the Metaketa Initiative: clusters of studies evaluating a governance innovation in multiple contexts.
The Metaketa Initiative