Policy Practice Projects
We support positive change across low- and middle-income countries. We undertake political economy analysis, strategic and policy work, and operational research. We lead programme designs, reviews, and evaluations. We advise programmes and organisations how to ‘think and work politically’.
We also run a flagship training course on political economy analysis.
The Policy Practice is assisting the World Bank Governance Practice pilot a training course to support the roll-out of its new GovEnable approach between January and June 2023.
TPP Associate Anna Paterson is co-leading an evaluation of Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises, an internationally known humanitarian health research programme established in 2013 to generate evidence on recognised public health challenges in humanitarian crises and promote its use.
Neil McCulloch, TPP Director, conducted an Applied Political Economy Analysis for the USAID funded Sri Lanka Energy Activity. It included an assessment of public and stakeholder sentiment with regards to the governance of Sri Lanka’s power sector, and provided a critical situational awareness for the USAID delivery unit.
TPP Director, Neil McCulloch, worked with Graham Teskey from Abt Associates to provide advice to the UK government on the potential political economy challenges associated with potential new investments in renewable energy in Pacific Island countries.
Anna Paterson is leading a Policy Practice team which will undertake a study for the World Wildlife Fund in Ukraine. They will analyse the governance obstacles and opportunities in sustainable reconstruction, and the implications for the conservation sector.
Alina Rocha Menocal and Laure-Hélène Piron are undertaking a learning review for USAID's Human Rights Support Mechanism. They have been commissioned by Pact, a US-based non profit organisation, to examine whether and to what extent applied political economy analysis contributes to programmatic results or outcomes.
William Kingsmill, TPP Principal, led the mid-term review of the Economic Development Investment Programme in St Helena.
Sam Bickersteth and Neil McCulloch undertook a scoping study for the Climate Compatible Growth programme to identify local administrative areas in Kenya and Zambia in which the programme's energy systems research can be applied.
This analysis, led by Alex Duncan, and working in close collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and other donors, aims to generate feasible programme options for donors to support the development of more inclusive governance and strengthened core state functions in Somaliland.