Research

The PSPPD II’s research component uses various mechanisms to develop new research, which includes grant awards and commissioned research, with the aim of increasing the body of policy-relevant scholarship on poverty and inequality in South Africa. The research grants are awarded to individual researchers, who retain intellectual property. The researchers are expected to engage with policy-makers on their research questions and findings and are encouraged to make use of the data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) to analyse their areas of interest.

Appropriate research evidence asks questions about the nature of the issues at hand; if and how they were addressed elsewhere; and if so, the cost, benefit and effectiveness of the interventions that were used to address them. In addition to relevant data, understanding institutional policy-making processes, analytical skills, and political support are also important elements.

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